The return of the Jets proprietor provides Texan’s Deshaun Watson drama – New York Jets Weblog – extra intrigue
FLORHAM PARK, NJ – A look at what’s happening around the New York Jets:
1. Impatient boss? Many people may wonder how Woody Johnson’s return to the team will affect the product in the field. Fair question. During his first 17 years as acting owner (2000-16), during which the Jets made the playoffs for six of the first 10 years, Johnson developed an affinity for lively moves.
Brett Favre. Tim Tebow. Darrelle Revis 2.0.
(PS: Neither of them worked, but they sure got a lot of attention.)
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People who have worked for Johnson say he loves big names, especially in the quarterback position. There’s one pretty big name that might be available through retailers this off-season if it isn’t already – Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans. I could see 73-year-old Johnson, who had missed the last four seasons as former President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the UK and wanted to make a “statement” to increase the visibility of the franchise.
The Jets should definitely run for the angry star, but this isn’t an easy case of sea quarterback, get quarterback. Competition will be fierce, although the jets have the most design capital to offer. Watson would have to forego his no-trade clause to play for the Jets, but he’s reportedly a Robert Saleh fan. So maybe there is hope. Watson’s preferred destination is the jets, according to a report from the Miami Herald that said the jets are his first choice because of Saleh.
Presumably Johnson will let his footballers make the decision, but his return to the role of main owner with the final word on all matters certainly adds more intrigue to the intriguing plot this off-season.
The news that the Lions and QB Matthew Stafford agreed to part ways could affect the Jets in two ways: 1. If they decide to switch from Sam Darnold, Stafford could be a trading option if they get Deshaun Watson for too Keep expensive and don’t do this like the QB options … https://t.co/LbOSXA8aCv
– Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) January 24, 2021
2. Darnold in suspension: Saleh’s exuberant praise for Sam Darnold could lead some to believe Darnold was a bans to get back as the starting quarterback. While I know Saleh’s feelings are real – he thinks he can win with him – it is premature to draw that conclusion.
Honestly, it would be stupid if the Jets were to tip their hand at this point, given the number of factors that are taken into account – Darnold’s contract (another year), the 2021 NFL draft (# 2) and maybe the Watson situation. It’s the season for keeping. We may not learn the truth until April 29th, the first night of the draft.
3. Frills: Whether it is Darnold or any other quarterback, fans won’t realize the offense in 2021. New offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur will be deploying the Kyle Shanahan version of the West Coast offense, which means a lot of pre-snap movement and action – a radical departure from the Adam Gase system.
In 2020, the San Francisco 49ers used some form of movement for 739 top-tier games, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Jets used movement in 369 games (26th). The 49ers, known as play-action passes, turned in 154 games (9th) while the Jets did 99 times (30th).
It will be a welcoming season in the 21st century.
Stephen A. Smith likes the Jaguars hiring Urban Meyer for the former Ohio State coach’s elite résumé.
4.Armed and Ready: The Jets have three quarterbacks under contract – Darnold, James Morgan and Mike White. There is another talented passerby in the QB room.
New positional coach Rob Calabrese, who played sparingly in central Florida from 2008 to 2012, is only 30 years old. His previous team, the Denver Broncos, where he was the offensive quality control coach, tried to activate him for a game against the New Orleans Saints when their quarterback depth map was wiped out by COVID-19. In the end, the Broncos’ application was rejected by the league.
This is a homecoming for Calabrians who played at East Islip High School in Long Island, Boomer Esiason’s alma mater.
5. Overdue move: The Jets took the right step by reorganizing their power structure. Instead of reporting the trainer and general manager directly to the owners, which have been in place since 2015, they returned to the traditional chain of command. Saleh will report to General Manager Joe Douglas who will report to the owner.
The other way can work when all the parties are well established in their positions, but it got awkward as the Jets tried newbies – a first-time coach (Todd Bowles), first-time GMs (Mike Maccagnan and Douglas), and a first-time owner ( Christopher Johnson, who was under contract for big brother Woody).
Christopher Johnson downplayed the change, claiming the old system worked fine. Huh? Has he forgotten how Gase used his power to oust Maccagnan in 2019?
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The new structure is a win for Douglas, which is getting more power after almost two years of service. Apparently he has won the Johnson family’s trust. It’s a crucial year for Douglas. He picked the coach, and now he has to choose the quarterback. What happens this off-season will ultimately determine his legacy.
6. Coach Brick: The new defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich comes to the Jets with playcalling experience. In 2019, he was the de facto coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons when coach Dan Quinn relinquished playcalling duties to him in the mid-season. Ulbrich actually called first and second, Raheem Morris called third. The defense played well in the second half of the 19 season.
In 2020, Ulbrich became a full-time playcaller in Week 6 when Morris was named to replace Quinn. The Falcons didn’t have a lot of talent in defense, but they played well for Ulbrich, whose unit allowed more than 27 points in two of eleven games – for both Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Saleh Ulbrich allows the pieces to be named carefully so that he can concentrate on the overall picture.
7. Free agent target: Do you remember that name – Keanu Neal. I would be surprised if the jets show no interest in the safety of the hawks, an election from the first round in 2016 that Ulbrich knows and knows about the system. He would be the ideal complement to Marcus Maye (also a free agent). In fact, Neal and Maye were college security ranks in Florida.
When asked about Maye, Saleh said he hadn’t had a chance to study him closely, but that he had heard only good things about him from Douglas.
8. Q factor: Saleh is very defensive against Quinnen Williams who should succeed in his 4-3 front.
Defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, designed by the number 3 overall Jets in 2019, has produced so far and still has a high ceiling. Rich Barnes / USA TODAY Sports
“I absolutely love Quinnen,” said Saleh. “”[I’m] really excited to take the seat belt off his belt and let him go. … His way of thinking, his sportiness, his strength, his love for football, I’m really happy to see him in our system, especially in the front and in the way we use this style of attack. “
In Saleh’s system, defenders are asked to play vertically, which means it is their job to get into the field as quickly as possible – ideal for Williams’ ability. He could become the Jets version of DeForest Buckner or, going back to Saleh’s Seattle Seahawks days, Michael Bennett.
9. Did you know? Saleh and his wife Sanaa have six children. They are 10, 8, 7, 5, 3 and 1 years old. A seventh child is expected in April.
9a. Did you know part II? Since 2000, four quarterbacks drafted in the first seven picks have played a conference championship game in their first three seasons – Mark Sanchez (Jets), Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts), Jared Goff (Los Angeles Rams) and Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills). playing Sunday.
Only one did it twice – Sanchez.
10. The last word: “It could tip over tomorrow. It could tip anytime. One thing I know is that we’re going to win championships.” – Saleh on how long it will be before the Jets compete (via the Michael Kay Show on ESPN New York 98.7 FM).