Welcome back to another edition of the Turn On The Jets 12 Pack. It is offseason time…also known as the best time of the year for the New York Jets (at least over the past 8 years).
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Check out six positives and six negatives about Adam Gase right here. For today, we are going to discuss his staff, including Gregg, the introductory press conference and a few other Jets offseason tidbits. Make sure to listen to yesterday’s podcast with Joe Blewett where we further discuss the Jets potential defensive transition…
1 – The decision to hire Williams is a mix of interesting, entertaining and risky. It is a good thing that Adam Gase is going outside of his comfort zone with the hire and Williams will be a shock to the system for a stale scheme and underachieving unit. This has the potential to revitalize players like Darron Lee and Leonard Williams, while squeezing out whatever is left of Trumaine Johnson. Williams did good work as an Interim Head Coach for the Cleveland Browns last year and his unit was performing substantially better before he took on the additional responsibilities of his promotion.
2 – On the flip side, Williams’ has not had a top ten defensive DVOA unit in the past three years and last year he had a top tier pass rusher in Myles Garrett and a top tier corner in Denzel Ward…as of now, he will have neither in New York. The Jets have Jamal Adams and a ton of question marks. Williams has a strong personality and it is fair to wonder if a clash with Gase is inevitable at some point. The likely transition to a 4-3 also potentially creates more needs for the Jets and could push out or diminish the productivity of players like Avery Williamson, Jordan Jenkins and Henry Anderson, rare positive marks on Mike Maccagnan’s resume. It is going to be interesting to see who fans/media side with, if Williams pushes out players who had previously been defended as reasons to keep Maccagnan on.
3 – Gase was blunt that he wanted a “Head Coach of the Defense,” insinuating he will solely be focused on the offense and quarterback throughout the week and on game day. This has been a problem for Jets HC’s in the past, as tunnel vision to one side of the football leads to game management errors and two units who can end up pitted against each other despite being on the same team. To be fair, plenty of teams operate with the Head Coach hyper focused on one side of the ball and have success but those are among the best in the game as of last year: Sean McVay, Andy Reid, Matt Nagy, Sean Payton, etc…it will be a big challenge for Gase to ensure his offense is humming, the game management is on point and Williams is maximizing the performance of the defense.
4 – One player you don’t have worry about when it comes to a scheme transition is Jamal Adams. He is going to thrive no matter how you use him because of his versatility. The match with him and Williams should be fun to watch as Adams is likely to bounce all over the formation and regularly be used as a blitzer. It is likely Marcus Maye who will be the notorious Williams’ safety that lines up a country mile off the football.
5 – Regardless on how the Jets scheme shakes out, I am still out on them using the third overall pick (please try to trade back) on Quinnen Williams. At a certain point, you need to stop doing the exact same thing over and over again when it is not working. Williams would be the fifth first round interior defensive linemen the Jets have taken in the past ten drafts and the ninth time in ten years they went defense in the first round…in an offense dominated league. If you are going defense, make it a cornerback or a pass rusher off the edge.
6 – Whatever defense they run, the Jets needed help at cornerback but they will especially need it for Williams’ defense as he regularly leaves them on islands or utilizes cover zero looks. Derrick Jones may be in line to get a longer look but even if he rises to the occasion, the Jets need to be hyper aggressive in free agency when it comes to building depth and talent on the outside. They also need a more reliable third safety with Adams likely bouncing between safety, slot corner and linebacker in looks that utilize three safeties on the field at the same time.
7 – I am guessing we are going to see much more Mike Pennel next season upfront. I also think the transition could be beneficial for Brandon Copeland, while it likely not being great news for Frankie Luvu or Jeremiah Attaochu.
8 – Cleveland’s defensive rankings from last year: 12th in DVOA, 30th in total defense (yards allowed), 2nd in turnovers forced (31), 21st in points allowed per game (24.5), 22nd in sacks (37).
9 – Jets defensive rankings from last year: 21st in DVOA, 25th in total defense (yards allowed), 16th in turnovers forced (20), 29th in points allowed per game (27.6), 16th in sacks (39).
10 – There is still no official word on the Jets Offensive Coordinator decision, with the only name circulated being Dowell Loggains. Hopefully Gase will go another direction. It doesn’t matter that Gase is calling the plays, you want as many smart offensive minds in the room as possible and somebody who will push/challenge him on a weekly basis…not a buddy hire with a porous resume. The Browns did an excellent job hiring Todd Monken to go with Freddie Kitchens and the Cardinals appear on the verge of adding Tom Clements to support Kliff Kingsbury. Do better than Dowell.
11 – The Jets did a bad all around job with their introductory press conference for Adam Gase. It was low energy and ludicrous that Mike Maccagnan did not speak or have to answer any questions (not that anybody was going to push him on anything worthwhile). However, the good news is that press conferences don’t matter. Adam Gase is taking alot of flak for his mannerisms and expressions during it but he has been much better in his follow up sit down interviews. The guy was just nervous. It happens. Bad interviews, good interviews…these are all things nobody will care about in 2 weeks and will have no impact on the team’s success or lack of success this season.
12 – Championship Weekend? From a betting perspective, I want to stay away from Chiefs and Patriots and focus my energy on taking the Saints to cover and the over, let’s call that a 34-24 Saints win. Chiefs and Patriots feels like a coin flip and I’m leaning towards the over as it sounds like the weather situation will not be as bad as many initially projected. I’ll pick with my heart over my head and go Chiefs 30-28.