With news that the New York Jets are interviewing former Jets QB, Texas Tech HC, and current USC OC Kliff Kingsbury, it made sense to see what a probable Kingsbury coaching staff would look and should look like. Alot of Jets fans thoroughly enjoyed the Jets young nucleus, led by Jamal Adams, openly pining for the former Jets QB, but if you look closer maybe the signs were there all along: Maccagnan signed Case Keenum (Kingsbury QB), traded up for Baker Mayfield (Kingsbury QB), signed Davis Webb (another Kingsbury QB) and Brian Heimerdinger’s dad was Kliff’s OC when he was in New York. I think the front office is in unison here.
At the bottom, you will also see a probable Kingsbury/Maccagnan off-season with players signed, traded, and a mock draft. Let’s dive right in:
Offensive Coordinator: Former Arizona Cardinals Offensive Coordinator/San Diego Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy
Why? If you’re going to go with Kingsbury, it makes sense to pair him with someone who has both been a successful playcaller in his career and a former Head Coach, so that he can lean on him as he navigates his transition to the NFL. While Mike McCoy’s most recent stint with a rookie QB didn’t necessarily end well, McCoy has presided over successful offenses in the NFL and is a guy that would be motivated to prove that he can still coach this league. He was also as instrumental as current Colts Head Coach Frank Reich was of revitalizing Phillip Rivers’s career after a down 2012.
Quarterbacks Coach: Cincinnati Bengals Quarterbacks Coach Alex Van Pelt
Why? With Marvin Lewis done in Cincinnati, scooping up an experienced QB coach like Van Pelt would be a coup for Kingsbury. Van Pelt has played in this league, and has had a hand in developing QBs in Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Green Bay under Mike McCarthy, and in Cincinnati. He, like McCoy, also has experience calling plays, and would be an asset to the coaching room.
Running Backs Coach: Clemson Running Back Coach Tony Elliott
Why? Also has experience calling plays, has been a Broyles Award finalist, and is viewed by many as a rising star in college ranks, but has been under Dabo Sweeney. He was on my initial dream off-season list, and I still think he’d be a great hire in the NFL.
Wide Receivers Coach: Jerricho Cotchery
Why? Former Jets player, current assistant Wide Receivers coach in Carolina, has helped development of Curtis Samuel and Devin Funchess
Tight Ends Coach: Denver Broncos TE Coach Geep Chryst
Why? Benefitting from another head coach being fired, similar to Van Pelt, stealing Coach Chryst from Denver would be another solid addition. Chryst, like Van Pelt and McCoy, has experience calling plays and developing QBs. He was under Jim Harbaugh in San Francisco, and helped develop both Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick.
Offensive Line Coach: Former Buffalo Bills Offensive Line Coach Juan Castillo
Why? Castillo has worked under Andy Reid, but most recently had the task of developing a raw Buffalo OL into a serviceable unit. He is an experienced playcaller, albeit on the defensive side of the ball, and you want to make sure Kingsbury has as many qualified ears as possible around him.
Defensive Coordinator: New Orleans Saints Linebackers Coach Mike Nolan
Why? It is just as important to pair Kingsbury with an experienced defensive coordinator, and while Kris Richard is the sexy name, I think hiring former Jets defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is really the way to go. Again, another former Head Coach whose defenses averaged finishes in the top 13. When Nolan coordinated the Jets defense, they ranked fourth in defensive DVOA in 2000, and Nolan defenses ranked between seventh and 12th for four straight years from 2009 to 2012. With Nolan in tow, the Jets would most likely switch to a 4-3 base defense with 3-4 principles still in place, since this is what he ran in Atlanta and Baltimore.
Defensive Line Coach: Minnesota Vikings Assistant Defensive Line Coach Robert Rodriguez
Why? Rodriguez has worked under Mike Zimmer in Minnesota, has assisted in the continued development of Shariff Floyd, Everson Griffen, Linval Joseph, and Danielle Hunter, and is responsible for a defensive line had 31 of team’s 36 sacks in 2017. If the plan is to keep Leo Williams and resign Henry Anderson, and with Nolan hired they would still need two other DL, then Rodriguez could be the one to tap into Williams’s potential.
Linebackers Coach: Former Green Bay Packers Linebackers Coach Winston Moss
Why? Coach Moss was let go for calling out Aaron Rodgers, but putting that aside (and despite the accuracy of his tweet), he has had a hand in developing Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, AJ Hawk, Blake Martinez, and numerous others. With a switch to a 4-3, and a high draft pick coming in that will most likely be a LB/edge rusher, Moss could have a hand in developing the next Jets pass rusher while also unleashing former firstrounder Darron Lee.
Secondary Coach: Former Bengals Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin
Why? Coach Austin has experience running the 4-3 that Nolan ould use, and developing secondary, which is important with three young corners currently on the roster. Austin was a rising Head Coaching candidate two years ago, and has worked under both Jim Harbaugh and Marvin Lewis.
Special Teams: Brant Boyer
Why? The bright spot of this Jets team is the special teams, and Coach Boyer is retained because of this.
Projected Cap Space currently: $106.6M
Cuts: RB Isaiah Crowell (save $3M), CB Rashard Robinson (saves $750,000)
Trade DE Leonard Williams to the Carolina Panthersfor a 2nd round pick (pick 47 overall)
Cap Space After Cuts and Trades: $109.6
WR Quincy Enunwa ($5.6M cap hit projected, already taken care of)
WR Andre Roberts ($1.9M cap hit)
C Johnathan Harrison ($1.5M cap hit)
DL Brandon Copeland ($1.4M cap hit)
DL Henry Anderson ($2.1M cap hit)
Subtract $5M reserved for draft picks
Cap Space After Re-signings: $92.7M
Free Agent Signings, with contract figures:
RB LeVeon Bell (3 years/57.5M deal/13.3M in year one)
DL Grady Jarrett (4 years/44M/$7.7M in year one)
CB Kareem Jackson (5 years/65M/7.8M.in year one)
C Brett Jones (2 years/10M/4.2M in year one)
EDGE Trey Flowers (5 years/55M/6.6M in year one)
EDGE DeMarcus Lawrence (4 years/80M/14M in year one)
Cap Space After Signings: $39.3M
Trade 3rd pick to Denver Broncos for 10th pick, Denver’s 3rd round pick and both of Denver’s 4th round picks
Trade the 2nd round pick obtained from Carolina for Leo Williams to the Cincinnati Bengals for WR AJ Green
Trade the 122nd pick to the Titans for the 145th pick and the 211th pick
Trade the 211th pick to the Chicago Bears for a 2020 6th round pick
NFL Mock Draft
10th Pick: EDGE Josh Allen, Kentucky
68th pick: WR Collin Johnson, Texas Tech
69th pick: DL Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
77th pick: TE TJ Hockensen, Iowa
93rd pick: G Ben Bredeson, Michigan
95th pick: LB Dakota Allen, Texas Tech
105th pick: CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
109th pick: C Erik McCoy, Texas A&M
112th pick: RB Damien Harris, Alabama
141st pick: EDGE Joe Jackson, Miami
158th pick: S JR Reed, Georgia
219th pick: OT Trey Adams, Washington
Depth Chart Entering 2019
QB: Sam Darnold, Davis Webb (2)
RB: LeVeon Bell, Damien Harris, Elijah McGuire, Trenton Cannon (4)
WR: AJ Green, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Collin Johnson, Deontay Burnett, Andre Roberts(6)
TE: Chris Herndon, TJ Hockensen, Jordan Leggett (3)
LT: Kelvin Beachum, Trey Adams
LG: Brian Winters, Spencer Long
C: Brett Jones, Johnathan Harrison, Erik McCoy
RG: Spencer Long, Ben Bredeson
RT: Brandon Shell, Ben Ijilana (10)
RDE: Demarcus Lawrence, Joe Jackson
LDT: Dexter Lawrence
RDT: Grady Jarrett, Mike Pennel
LDE: Trey Flowers, Henry Anderson, Foloronso Fatusaki (8)
OLB: Josh Allen, Jordan Jenkins
ILB: Avery Williamson, Kevin St. Pierre, Neville Hewitt
OLB: Darron Lee, Brandon Copeland (7)
CB: Trumaine Johnson, Kareem Jackson, Kristian Fulton, Parry Nickerson, Derrick Jones, Jeremy Clark (6)
S: Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Terrence Brooks, JR Reid (4)
K: Jason Myers
P: Lachlan Edwards
LS: Thomas Hennessey
Carryover Cap Space to 2020: $15.7M