The New York Jets have finally completed their new-look coaching staff for the upcoming 2019 season. Right now, the Jets coaching staff contains 21 coaches; 13 of which are new additions this offseason.
Head Coach – Adam Gase
The most notable hire of the offseason has been Adam Gase. On January 11th, Gase was hired as the 19th head coach of the Jets and most recently served as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2016-2018, where he finished with a 23-25 record. Although Gase’s hire came with mixed feelings from fans around the NFL, he has received praise from several prominent figures, the most noteworthy being Peyton Manning, who recommended Gase to Jets CEO, Christopher Johnson. Gase served as the quarterback’s coach of the Denver Broncos in 2012, which was Manning’s first year with the team and later became the offensive coordinator in 2013 when Peyton Manning threw an NFL record 55 touchdown passes in a single season. In the three seasons Manning was paired with Gase, he threw for a remarkable 131 touchdown passes.
Offensive Coordinator – Dowell Loggains
The Jets addressed their vacant offensive coordinator position by hiring Dowell Loggains. Loggains has now worked with Gase in three separate franchises in the last five years. In 2015, Loggains became the quarterback’s coach for the Chicago Bears, while Gase was the offensive coordinator. Jay Cutler threw for 21 touchdowns, a career-low 11 interceptions, and a 92.3 quarterback rating with Loggains and Gase’s guidance. In 2017, Loggains was appointed as the offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins, with Gase as the head coach. Ryan Tannehill threw for 17 touchdowns in 11 games last season and a career-high 6.2% touchdown percentage with Loggains and Gase overseeing him.
Defensive Coordinator – Gregg Williams
The Jets hired 29-year NFL coaching veteran Gregg Williams as their newest defensive coordinator. Williams started last season serving in the same role for the Cleveland Browns during the 2017-18 season. In October, Williams was appointed interim head coach when Hue Jackson was dismissed from the team. Williams led the team to a 5-3 record during his half a season serving in that role. In the two and a half seasons prior, the Browns possessed a 3-36-1 record. The Browns’ defense recorded 31 takeaways, the second most takeaways in the NFL this past season, under Williams’ guidance.
New Offensive Positional Coaches
Offensive positional coaches make up six of the 13 new additions to the coaching staff, not including the offensive coordinator. The new hires include Shawn Jefferson as the assistant head coach of the offense and the wide receivers coach, Jim Bob Cooter as the running backs coach, John Dunn as the tight ends coach, Frank Pollack as the offensive line coach, Derek Frazier as the assistant offensive line coach, and Bo Hardegree as an offensive assistant coach.
New Defensive Positional Coaches
Defensive positional coaches make up five of the new additions to the coaching staff, not including the defensive coordinator. The new coaches include Frank Bush as the assistant head coach of the defense and inside linebackers coach, Andre Carter as the defensive line coach, Joe Vitt as the senior defensive assistant and outside linebackers coach, Blake Williams as a defensive assistant coach, and Eric Sanders as a defensive assistant coach.