The New York Jets need to rebuild again, but this time it’s not their roster. They need to rebuild their coaching staff…AGAIN.
In Week 2, the Jets lost to the 49ers, and that game wasn’t even as close as the 31-13 final score. They laid down and died against a depleted 49ers team that came in missing key pieces, and lost more during the game. In Week 3, they never stood a chance against an average Colts team, falling 36-7.
Adam Gase has to go.
To add insult to injury, the defense looks completely out of sorts too. Even though it’s been a typical Gregg Williams rollercoaster, he’s probably on the hook too.
The only group that’s safe is probably the Special Teams coaches.
That means it’s time to rebuild the staff. Who should be on the top of that staff in 2021? Let’s take a look at some key coaching positions.
Head Coach: Todd Monken
Todd Monken’s overall college record isn’t great. He finished 13-25, but there are issues with looking at the overall record. The first is, many said the same about Kliff Kingsbury, and he turned out to be the right hire for the Cardinals.
Second, the 13-25 record is somewhat misleading. He took the Southern Miss Golden Eagles from 0-11 (the year before he was there) to a bowl team by his final season. He turned them around, and has big-time leadership qualities, like giving up play calling when he realized it would be best for Southern Miss.
Offensive Coordinator: Clint Dolezel
When you look around the NFL, there are three former Arena Football League quarterbacks who have parlayed that into being good NFL coaches. Matt Nagy, Matt LaFleur, and Sean Payton all played quarterback with varying success in the AFL.
Clint Dolezel is one of the best AFL quarterbacks of all-time and an Arena Football Hall of Famer. He also became the head coach of the Philadelphia Soul. He has a 97-46 record with two Arena Bowl titles in three appearances, and he’s also a three-time Coach of the Year.
The AFL is a perfect league to develop an offensive mindset, and the history shows us that it will become a good move.
Quarterbacks: Josh McCown
For all the talk of Gase’s offense being too stale and unimaginative, Dowell Loggains is the quarterbacks coach for the Jets. Darnold has regressed since he took over.
When McCown was in the quarterback room with Darnold in 2018, he clearly had some influence on the young quarterback. His veteran experience along with playing in multiple systems can help the next Jets quarterback be successful.
Defensive Coordinator: Jim Leonhard
Jim Leonhard was a tough, hard-hitting, and gritty safety in his day. He always had his nose on the football. He saw his best play in the Rex Ryan defense, where safeties are crucial to success due to the aggressive nature of the defense.
Since taking over the Wisconsin defense, they have finished in the top-10 in the country in defensive scoring average twice. In those seasons, the Badgers allowed 13.9 points per game (2017) and 16.9 points per game (2019).
After the Jets traded Jamal Adams, they lost that spark-plug on defense. Leonhard will bring that. Combine that will his NFL experience, success with the Badgers, and his experience in New York, he’s the perfect candidate to be the next Jets defensive coordinator.
Special Teams Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach: Brant Boyer
For Boyer, this would be a slight change, but it would result in added responsibility for the young assistant coach. He would gain added power on the coaching staff as second-in-command to Greg Roman, but it is well deserved, as he could be a head coaching candidate down the road.