Jets Looking To Retain The 3-4 And Keep B. Schott At O. C
Posted 13 January 2009 - 02:24 PM
The Jets' search for a head coach has entered its third week, but there are signs it could be resolved soon, depending upon what happens in Sunday's AFC Championship Game, which matches Baltimore and Pittsburgh.
Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan had a lengthy interview with the Jets on Sunday in Baltimore, before his team began its preparations for Round 3 against the Steelers. It went well enough, according to a source, that he has vaulted to the top of the Jets' list.
And that means Steve Spagnuolo could be staying on as the defensive coordinator of the Giants. A Jets' spokesman said Monday there were "no updates" regarding the search, and while it's believed Spagnuolo will come in at some time this week for a second interview, that might be mainly so that he can speak with owner Woody Johnson. Spagnuolo, who first interviewed with the Jets on Jan. 3, was the only candidate interviewed who didn't meet with Johnson. The owner was out of the country at that time.
Spagnuolo is scheduled to meet this week with St. Louis for a first interview and with Detroit for a second interview. Giants general manager Jerry Reese threw another wrinkle into the equation Monday, indicating that the organization would consider naming Spagnuolo a "head coach in waiting" to replace Tom Coughlin if and when the 63-year-old Coughlin decides to retire.
What makes Ryan a more desirable candidate than Spagnuolo for the Jets is their preference to remain in the 3-4 defense. Several of their key defensive players, such as linebackers Calvin Pace and David Harris, were brought in specifically because of how they fit the 3-4.
Pace, an outside linebacker, was signed to a six-year, $42 million deal last March, but was not a productive player for Arizona until the Cardinals switched from the 4-3 to the 3-4.
Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer still is considered a serious candidate for the position, but if someone else gets the job, it's possible the Jets could give Schottenheimer a contract raise and extension and thus convince him to stay. The Jets would prefer not to have to overhaul their offensive system.
Another candidate for the Jets' job is involved in Sunday's action, as Arizona hosts Philadelphia in the NFC Championship Game. The Jets interviewed Cardinals assistant head coach/offensive line coach Russ Grimm in Arizona on Thursday two days before the Cardinals' upset victory over Carolina.
Posted 13 January 2009 - 02:31 PM
Posted 13 January 2009 - 02:40 PM
As for Schottenheimer staying as OC..... I really don't know what to think, maybe now with Mangini gone he will call plays differently?? Maybe the new HC would want a different style of play? Schotty has to get a identity. He has to stay more consistent with play calls, and get Leon the ball more. I like Schotty as I think hes a bright young coach, but he has to be more consistent. Some games he calls brilliant plays, others he just can't seem to get the offense into rythem.
Posted 13 January 2009 - 02:52 PM
Posted 13 January 2009 - 04:02 PM
Rex Ryan - HC
Brian Schott - OC
Rob Ryan - DC
GLADLY....two "grizzly bears" running the defense.....and a young, bright OC running the offense. If the reports of Mangini "handcuffing" Schott are true....i am more pleased about keeping him
Know...what we have to ponder is.....what environment has Rex Ryan been around that will make him decide some things.
- he saw the success of a rookie QB drafted in the late teens take his team far. With possibly no future QB on the roster, wouldn't be shocked to seem them go that route in round #1 this year if someone worthy is on the board
- he likes to build "up the middle on defense"....H. Nagta, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed. I think he can easily make due with Jenkins, Harris & Rhodes. Not much he has to tinker with there in year 1
- i can only assume he will want to bring in one of his own...expect a push for Bart Scott
- He likes to run various defenses....we need to add more defensive ends & another DT
- He blitzes.....can Gholston & B. Thomas cut it????
- he saw success of multiple BIG backs in Baltimore (Jamal Lewis, McClain, etc)...look for the Jets to add on of those
Posted 13 January 2009 - 05:59 PM
I liked the motion, shifts, and trickery that the offense contained while Chad was at the helm...
As you saw this year with the Dolphins, you dont have to have a lot of talent to win as long as you trick your opponent. He might also not be influenced by his QB who wouldn't be older than him anymore.
Posted 13 January 2009 - 08:06 PM
I think he's waiting to here about what happens with his brother first.
Posted 14 January 2009 - 07:22 PM