This week the Jets signed running back Jonathan Grimes to the active roster. Jets fans might not know much about Grimes, so I've been looking at preseason footage in detail to investigate what he could bring to the table.

Grimes was signed off the Houston Texans practice squad, so will need to remain on the active roster for at least three weeks. He's a guy they've had their eyes on for some time, as they made a conditional waiver claim on him, which they later withdrew, on cutdown day. However, it's not yet clear whether he has been brought in with an expectation to contribute immediately or is viewed as a longer-term product (or even just a shot across the bow of Shonn Greene).

After the jump, I'll be reviewing his preseason performances and considering what he could provide the Jets with this year and going forward.

Who is Jonathan Grimes?

Grimes was a local kid from New Jersey, who went under the radar at a small school (William & Mary), until he led the nation in all purpose yards as a senior. Entering this year's draft, some sites gave him a sixth round grade, but he didn't get an invite to the combine and would ultimately go undrafted. In 48 starts at college, he averaged just under 95 yards per game and five yards per carry, while rushing for 34 touchdowns. He also caught 136 passes with seven more touchdowns, returned kicks and punts (including one other score) and even passed for a score.

Grimes is a bit of a throwback player, who isn't regarded as flashy and is actually a talented pianist. He's not a power back in the Shonn Greene mold - he weighed in at 207 at his Pro Day this summer and is currently listed at 209. His Pro Day numbers were pretty good, although he only ran a 4.53 forty, so might be considered to lack breakaway speed. However, his 38-inch vertical and a broad jump of over 10-feet are signs of his explosiveness. He also lifted the bar 23 times, displaying some good strength for his size and ran a 4.03 short shuttle, suggesting he has pretty good agility.

One concern about young players is ball security. I've been unable to find definitive figures for his fumbles while in college, but I believe he had three each in his freshman and sophomore years, whereas I can't find any record of him having fumbled in his junior or senior seasons.

A lot of the players the Jets pick up via waivers or during the season are said to have struggled in preseason, so when I scout them for BGA I do so with low expectations (and a lot of the time they show some promise). However, Grimes drew rave reviews in preseason, having averaged 4.6 yards per carry, as he battled with veteran Justin Forsett for the third running back role. It was a slight surprise when he cleared waivers and landed on Houston's practice squad and with Shonn Greene and the running game in general struggling, the Jets have likely made this move to shake things up. While his spot on the roster is guaranteed for three weeks, there are no guarantees he will be active or get any playing time. You may recall the Jets added tight end Shawn Nelson last season, but he was inactive for three weeks and then gone. However, that was partially due to injuries/illness.

Let's review his preseason performances in depth:

2012 Preseason

Week One: Carolina – entered game at start of second half, 9-37 rushing, 1-18 receiving, one tackle

- Off a playfake, he picked up a blitzing linebacker to enable a quick throw.

- With nowhere to go, the left defensive end penetrated upfield to stop him getting outside and an unblocked linebacker hit him in the backfield, but his momentum carried him back to the line of scrimmage.

- He didn’t have a lot of room as he cut back behind his fullback, but broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage, falling forward for three.

- Made a special teams tackle on the kickoff, getting off his block well as part of the second wave.

- The right defensive tackle got pushed back off the line and he showed good patience in the hole, cutting left and then falling forward after the hit for 11.

- Tried to get to the outside, but Antwan Applewhite got off his block forcing him back inside where he was bottled up for a two yard loss.

- Burst straight up the middle, almost untouched, for a three yard touchdown.

- Bad block by the fullback, but Grimes was hit a yard behind the line of scrimmage and was able to drive forward for a two yard gain.

- Followed his blocks off left tackle for three but was bottled up and gang tackled there.

- Leaked into the left flat for a screen pass and followed his blocks well downfield for an 18 yard gain, hurdling out of a tackle to tack a couple of extra yards onto the end of the play.

- This was a great play that went for a 14 yard gain on the play after his 18 yard catch. His left guard was driven back into his path, but he bounced to the outside where a linebacker tried to make a diving tackle in the backfield. He stumbled through that and made an impressively sharp upfield cut then used his speed to gain 14 yards, evading another lunging tackle downfield.

- This may have been designed for a cutback to the right, as there would have been a big cutback lane, if not for the fact that the left guard got submarined by his man. Grimes reacted quickly and got outside his blocker on the left side before cutting upfield. He broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and tried to step out of an ankle tackle three yards downfield before getting swarmed under.

In this game, he had one highlight reel play and two other decent gains. There were a few plays that were bottled up but he broke several tackles and didn't seem to leave too many yards on the field.

Week Two: San Francisco – Didn’t play on offense until late in the third quarter, 2-22 rushing, 1-5 receiving

- Delayed draw play out of the shotgun, using a burst of speed off the edge to rush off the left side untouched with the defense playing back on 2nd and 23. With good speed, he was able to gain 16.

- 3rd and 16 screen for a five yard gain. Didn’t really have anywhere to go.

- Stayed in to block but no blitzer came through.

- Six yard run on second and ten. A simple one-read upfield cut over right guard.

- Similar play going left for five, but this time negated by a hold.

Didn't get much playing time and made some routine, albeit positive plays. He did display a good burst of speed on the draw play.

Week Three: New Orleans – Entered the game on offense at the start of the third quarter, 4-22 rushing, 2-18 receiving, two tackles

- Great special teams play on a kickoff as he was one of the first guys down, crashed into a blocker and came off the block for a big hit short of the 20.

- On second and four with three receivers bunched to the right, he started off to the right, then cut back up the middle, hurdling a prone defender for six yards.

- The same delayed draw as in the previous game on 3rd and 15. He read a block on the edge and bounced to the outside for 10.

- The same delayed draw again on 3rd and 15, this time from their own five yard line. Grimes gained four as the defender in the backfield got a handful of his jersey and was able to complete the tackle as the blocks in front of him didn’t develop in time.

- Sidestepped a tackle in the backfield and ran into the pile for two.

- Made a special teams tackle on a kickoff return at the 25, just as it looked like the receiver was about to break into the open field.

- Down seven with 1:55 to go, from their own 43, the Texans opened their drive by throwing to Grimes three straight times. He ran a quick-in route for six over the middle, then gained 12 on the same play, with the defense backed further off this time so he could turn upfield, breaking a tackle to pick up the last couple of yards. The next one was a pretty similar play, but thrown to him slightly later. He was unable to haul in a low throw. He was then replaced as the comeback effort came up short.

Made a minor contribution on offense with some pretty routine plays, but did show the ability to break or avoid tackles. It was good to see him catch a couple of passes.

Week Four: Minnesota – Didn’t start, but played the whole game, 13-49 rushing, 2-17 receiving, one penalty

- There wasn’t really anywhere to go and an unblocked linebacker stopped him in his tracks for a two yard loss.

- Picked up a blitz well as the pocket collapsed. Only had to hold the block for a split second, but still enabled the pass to be complete.

- Again started off-tackle and cut back up the middle. There didn’t look like there was much room, but he squeezed through a tight gap and spun forward for six.

- Same play again to the right on the next snap, but this time he had more room, breaking a tackle at the second level and powering forward downfield for 16.

- On third and goal at the five, he was a quick checkdown underneath and was hit at the two. He fell forward, but didn’t break the plane.

- On fourth and goal from the one, he went low but was unable to break the plane.

- Motioned out wide, but then flinched at the snap and was called for a false start.

- Another delayed draw on third and 14. He put the brakes on at the second level and almost broke away from a tackler by cutting back to the inside, but the tackler brought him down after being dragged for a couple of extra yards, limiting the gain to eight.

- Didn’t have anywhere to go on an off-tackle run to the right, so tried to bounce it outside but could only get back to the line of scrimmage.

- Off a playfake on 3rd and three, he leaked out to the flat and was wide open for an easy 13-yard gain.

- Gained six yards over the right side with a huge hole and was tackled immediately at the second level as he was a little hesitant.

- Bounced off contact at the line of scrimmage and picked up two up the middle.

- Stayed in to block, but the protection failed and the quarterback was sacked. It was impossible to see who was at fault, but the left guard blocked nobody as the pressure came off his side, although it may have been Grimes’ responsibility to stay back and pick up that man.

- Another 3rd and 15 draw play where he dodged one tackle and side-stepped another but only gained four yards.

- A counter play that didn’t really work. He skipped out of a tackle in the backfield and dove ahead for one yard.

- An outside run, where he cut back for three yards. Might have made more yardage if he kept going to the outside.

- Not much room and picked up two on that same play where he starts off going right and cuts back upfield on the right side, followed by a similar play going to the left with the same result.

- Stayed in to block on third down and managed to get his hands on the edge rusher. He only needed to sustain the block for a second.

There were a few negatives in this game. For the first time, he was tackled a few times without falling forward as he had done well over the first three games. He also had a couple of plays where he perhaps didn't make the right read and a possible breakdown in pass protection. It was also disappointing to see him fail to get in the endzone on two plays early on. Despite all that, he was still pretty productive, making the most of whenever he had some running room and still managing to escape some tackles too.

Conclusions

You can see why Grimes created some preseason buzz. He has a nice burst of speed, the ability to shake and break tackles and usually finishes his runs falling forward. He also looks to be a competent safety valve option in the passing game. Overall, he was probably more impressive than any of the Jets' backs were in preseason, although you should factor in that the Jets were installing a brand new system and blocking scheme, whereas the Texans - although they've had some personnel changes - are still running the same system that made their running game one of the best in the league over the past couple of years.

It was interesting to see that Houston's running game was every bit as vanilla as the Jets' was in preseason, if not moreso. Most of their running plays were pretty straightforward one-read cutback runs and they also ran the same delayed draw over and over again whenever they had a third and long. They did sprinkle in the occasional different play, but it's difficult to get a read on whether Grimes has any limitations or if he was actually held back by the predictability.

My biggest concern with Grimes would be that he apparently came from a zone system in college and that's what the Texans play too. With Shonn Greene showing signs that he is struggling to make the right reads in the Jets' new blocking system, this may be a sign that it could take Grimes some time to adjust too. In general when looking for signs of whether he has good vision, it was a bit of a mixed bag. There were a couple of plays where he left yards on the field, but he did seem to make the right decision and react quickly most of the time.

Being a little smaller and perhaps more slippery than the other backs the Jets have, Grimes brings a slightly different skill-set to the table, one which may be suited to the third down back role. However, can he pass block well enough to play that role. It was a fairly small sample size, because he usually ran a route when the Texans passed the ball with him in, but when he did stay in, he did do a good job of getting in front of his man most of the time. However, in each case, he was only required to hold his block for a short time and his lack of size would probably mean his pass blocking contributions would be limited to doing that.

One other interesting factor is that he made a few contributions on special teams on the kick coverage unit. That's a role that Bilal Powell currently plays with the Jets, but Shonn Greene likely wouldn't. Therefore, I wonder if they have plans to increase Powell's role on offense and replace him on special teams. With Joe McKnight potentially moving to corner, that could free up an active roster spot to enable this to happen.

As with any move made at this stage in the season, it's difficult to know how quickly Grimes will be able to contribute, if at all. However, he did show some flashes that he could be a productive running back, especially when the line blocks well for him. Of course, life will get easier for the other backs too if the run blocking improves. Ultimately, it's never a bad idea to bring a fresh set of legs to the running game, so we'll be looking forward to seeing what Grimes can do with his shot.

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Jets dream offseason wishlist 00:00:18
SNY's New York Jets analysts pick each of their top three free agents they want the Jets to sign this offseason.

The Jets have their new head coach in place, and as Adam Gase puts together his staff, the next big step is what Gang Green will do this offseason to improve their 53-man roster. 

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan will have almost $100 million ($99,387,909 projected by OverTheCap.com) to work with in free agency, and to explore trades. 

So who should they go after? The SNY Jets crew gave their dream offseason wishlist for the Jets, as they look ahead to the free agent class and players that could be on the market:

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New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan looks on prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan looks on prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

Mock drafts are continuing to pour in with three and a half months to go before the NFL draft, and ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has the Jets taking a defensive tackle.

Kiper has the Jets taking Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams with the No. 3 pick, shoring up a defensive line under new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Though Kiper has the Jets missing out on the highly-touted Nick Bosa (No. 1, Cardinals) and Josh Allen (No. 2, 49ers), it's tough to diminish Williams' ability.

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The day the Cleveland Browns named Gregg Williams their interim head coach after firing Hue Jackson, their former defensive coordinator made one thing perfectly clear: The Browns were lucky to have him.

"Since I left Buffalo (in 2003), I had 11 letters to interview for head coaching jobs," Williams said. "Four of them, I didn't even have to interview. Just show up and sign the contract."

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SNY's Willie Colon believes new Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will improve defense but his personality might bother Adam Gase.

The Jets officially named Gregg Williams their new defensive coordinator under head coach Adam Gase on Wednesday.

According to a report by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Williams has agreed to a three-year deal with the team. Williams is flying to the New York-New Jersey area to sign the contract and finalize the deal on Wednesday.

Speaking about Williams for the first time on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan, Gase said Williams' defenses have always been a tough challenge, mainly due to their intensity level...

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Kacy Rodgers Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Todd Bowles is reportedly not the only Jets coach on Bruce Arians' radar to join him in Tampa Bay. 

Defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers has officially joins the Buccaneers' staff as a defensive line coach, as the team announced numerous assistant hirings on Wednesday.

Rodgers, 49, spent the last four seasons as the Jets defensive coordinator under Bowles and also worked alongside the former Jets head coach in Miami and Dallas as a defensive line coach. 

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It's the 8th Anniversary of Bart Scott's famous "Can't Wait" moment, and now it's back, and going places!

It's the eighth Anniversary of Bart Scott's famous 'Can't Wait' moment, and now it's back, and going places!

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Nov 11, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Gregg Williams claps for his players during warmups before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Nov 11, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Gregg Williams claps for his players during warmups before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveTodd Bowles came to the Jets with the reputation of being one of the best defensive minds in football. And in his first season, it was easy to see why. After that, it was all a steady roll downhill towards the Jets becoming one of the worst defenses in the league.

That's startling considering how they had invested in their defense. For eight straight years, before they took quarterback Sam Darnold, they had taken a defensive player in the first round of the draft. And they had spent big money on defenders in free agency like corners Trumaine Johnson and Morris Claiborne as well as linebacker Avery Williamson.

Yet they still had no pass rush and they wore down late in games. The Jets' defense was a remarkable group of underachievers.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets' long road from Todd Bowles to Adam Gase began in mid-November, long before either of them were fired from their old jobs. It started after a humiliating, 41-10 home loss by Bowles' Jets to the Buffalo Bills just before the bye week.

The week off gave the entire organization a chance to reassess itself. And the consensus inside the building became that the Jets needed a change.

What happened next was the beginning of what CEO Christopher Johnson later promised was an "extensive" search that over a two-month period included a look at Jim Harbaugh, a flirtation with Mike McCarthy, a push for Matt Rhule and a surprising inability to dismiss Todd Monken. When it was over, they ended up with a new head coach who wasn't on their original list because he was coaching a team in a playoff race with three weeks left in the regular season...

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Dec 30, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Gregg Williams stands on the field before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Dec 30, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Gregg Williams stands on the field before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

New Jets head coach Adam Gase touched on plenty of topics during his 15-minute press conference on Monday, but he omitted one key name.

The 40-year-old emphasized the importance of instructing a young quarterback like Sam Darnold, not being interested in total team control and, finally, filling out the remainder of his coaching staff. Gregg Williams is the defensive coordinator generating a buzz in New York and, though Gase did not specifically utter his name on Monday, reports say the Jets are close to bringing Williams in. 

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Dec 30, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 30, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Following the Adam Gase introductory press conference, Jonas Schwartz and Ralph Vacchiano deliver an all-new episode of The Jet Stream podcast!

They grade the new head coach's performance at the presser, react to Christopher Johnson's refusal to drop a playoff mandate, look ahead to the immediate future of the new coaching staff, and discuss what it all means for Sam Darnold

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Christopher Johnson talks Gase 00:02:51
SNY's Jeane Coakley spoke with New York Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson about why they chose Adam Gase as their new head coach.

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There is nothing new about the phrase "long-suffering Jets fan," because over the last 50 years there's no doubt they've all suffered enough. Right now, they're in the midst of a particularly difficult period. This is the longest stretch without a playoff berth for the Jets in almost 40 years.

That's why the biggest fear of those long-suffering fans who heard the Adam Gase press conference on Monday is that when it comes to this current playoff drought, eight years still may not be enough.

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Mike Maccagnan on Adam Gase 00:02:50
Jets GM Mike Maccagnan chats with Jeane Coakley after the Jets introduced new Jets Head Coach Adam Gase.

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If there was one word to describe new Jets head coach Adam Gase's introductory press conference on Monday afternoon, "understated" would be it.  

After a low-key introduction by CEO Christopher Johnson, Gase remained calm and measured, giving thoughtful and non-controversial answers to reporters as he reiterated that the organization would be patiently following a long-term plan.  

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Jets introduce Adam Gase 00:01:56
The Jets introduced Adam Gase as their new Head Coach. Here?s the best of what Gase and Jets CEO & Chairman Christopher Johnson had to say.

The Jets introduced new head coach Adam Gase during a press conference on Monday afternoon, with Gase speaking to reporters for roughly 15 minutes.

Here are the takeaways:

Why the Jets chose Gase

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Adam Gase with Jeane Coakley 00:04:08
SNY's Jeane Coakley spoke with New York Jets head coach Adam Gase about Sam Darnold and the team after his introductory press conference.

There may be a reason why things between the Jets and defensive coordinator candidate Gregg Williams have reportedly slowed down. 

Jets new head coach Adam Gase told SNY's Jeane Coakley at his introductory press conference on Monday that one of the things he learned from his time as head coach of the Miami Dolphins was not to rush into hiring the staff. 

"What I mean by that is you don't want to start grabbing guys that might be available," he said. "You might have to take your time, interview guys and I think we have the right mindset right now and heading in the right direction and hopefully soon we'll start getting guys on board."

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Oct 21, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase walks onto the field prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Oct 21, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase walks onto the field prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Watch live today on SNY at 2 p.m. as the Jets introduce Adam Gase as the 19th head coach in franchise history.

Coverage will kick off from SNY's studios before shifting to Gase's press conference, which will be followed by exclusive interviews.

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Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase before the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase before the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

As the rest of the NFL searches for the "next Sean McVay," Rams running back C.J. Anderson says he has only had one other coach who compares to him: 

Adam Gase

Anderson, who rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns in Los Angeles' 30-22 NFC Divisional win over the Cowboys on Saturday, has seen a revival of sorts of his career under McVay since joining the Rams on Dec. 19. 

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The Jets have agreed to a contract extension with special teams coach Brant Boyer, reports Adam Caplan of SiriusXM.

Caplan notes that multiple teams would have been interested in hirnig Boyer, whose contract had been set to expire after next season. The 47-year-old Boyer has been with the Jets since 2016 after a stint as the Colts' assistant special teams coach from 2012 to 2015.

As the Jets look to fill out their staff under new head coach Adam Gase, here are the names being considered.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who was a candidate to become head coach of the Jets, will join the Cleveland Browns in his same role, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapaport.

Monken's name was speculated among other potential Jets offensive coordinator candidates after they hired Adam Gase as head coach.

Instead, he will join new head coach Freddie Kitchens and new defensive coordinator Steve Wilks in Cleveland.

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Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

In a since-deleted tweet, Jets S Jamal Adams wasn't shy about one free agent he wanted the team to pursue this offseason.

"Yeah I like #55 Dee Ford off that end for us! Let's pay him what he wants!" Adams tweeted at 7:28 p.m. on Saturday as Ford and the Chiefs were crushing the Colts to advance to the AFC Championship Game.

The 27-year-old Ford had a tremendous game on Sunday, with one forced fumble, one sack, and four tackles. 

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The Jets found their 19th head coach in franchise history this week in Adam Gase, who they officially announced on Friday. But Gase's hiring came as a surprise to many, with former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy reportedly having his eyes only set on the Jets' job. 

McCarthy is the more accomplished head coach compared to Gase, and having developed Aaron Rodgers during his time in Green Bay, the marriage with QB Sam Darnold seemed like a match made in heaven. 

But, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Confora, the Jets and McCarthy didn't pan out due to staffing issues. 

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The Guarantee 50th anniversary 00:01:18
On its 50th anniversary, Super Bowl III MVP Joe Namath reflects on his famous promise of the New York Jets winning their first Super Bowl.

On the 50th anniversary of "The Guarantee," Super Bowl III MVP Joe Namath sits down with SNY's Jeané Coakley and reflects on his famous promise of the New York Jets winning their first Super Bowl title.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

There is a lot Jets QB Sam Darnold likes about his new head coach, Adam Gase. 

Particularly, what Gase can do with the Jets offense. 

The 21-year-old quarterback told the Jets team website on Friday that he is "excited" about the new hire and added what he expects from the offense in the first season under Gase. 

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Aug 3, 2018; Canton, OH, USA; New York Jets former quarterback Joe Namath acknowledges the crowd during the Enshrinee's gold jacket dinner at the Canton Civic Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Aug 3, 2018; Canton, OH, USA; New York Jets former quarterback Joe Namath acknowledges the crowd during the Enshrinee's gold jacket dinner at the Canton Civic Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Peyton Manning is not the only legendary quarterback vouching for Adam Gase

Joe Namath, who celebrated his 50th anniversary of winning Super Bowl III on Saturday, also spoke highly of the new Jets head coach. 

"I like him. I like what I've seen of him," the Hall of Famer told Steve Serby of The Post.

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Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

With the Jets officially announcing Adam Gase as their new head coach, one of the team's captains went to social media to show his excitement. 

Pro-Bowl S Jamal Adams posted to his Twitter and Instagram to welcome Gase, as he looks forward to getting to work.

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Is Adam Gase the right choice? 00:00:37
The Jets hired Adam Gase as their next head coach, former Jets QB Ray Lucas is left scratching his head.

Adam Gase is staying in the AFC East, as the Jets will hire him as the 19th head coach in franchise history, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Wednesday night. 

The move was reportedly made official as the Jets and Gase have agreed to a deal on Thursday, according to ESPN's Jeff Darlington. The terms of the deal have not yet surfaced.

After learning Baylor head coach Matt Rhule took himself out of the running, news broke minutes later that the former Dolphins head coach will replace Todd Bowles next season. Former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, who is a more accomplished head coach than Gase, was also in the running and only had his eyes set on the Jets' job...

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Dec 9, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase (middle) celebrates with Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains (right) after defeating the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Dec 9, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase (middle) celebrates with Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains (right) after defeating the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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Now that the Jets and incoming head coach Adam Gase have agreed on a contract, one of the main priorities will be for him to fill out his coaching staff. Let's consider who could be candidates for a job:

Offense

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Cleveland Browns head coach Gregg Williams watches his players during warmups before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Browns head coach Gregg Williams watches his players during warmups before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets appear to be close to finding a new defensive coordinator. 

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, new head coach Adam Gase is progressing in talks with former Browns interim head coach Gregg Williams to join his staff. 

It is believed a deal will be reached. 

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Todd Bowles is moving on from his time as head coach of the Jets, but not without taking a few lessons with him. 

The new Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator met with reporters during a press conference on Friday and was asked about what he had learned in four years as head coach of the Jets. 

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Sep 8, 2018; San Antonio, TX, USA; Baylor Bears head coach Matt Rhule looks on during the fist half against the UTSA Roadrunners at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports (Soobum Im)
Sep 8, 2018; San Antonio, TX, USA; Baylor Bears head coach Matt Rhule looks on during the fist half against the UTSA Roadrunners at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports (Soobum Im)

Matt Rhule just could not say "I do" when it came to the Jets job. 

The Baylor head coach, who interviewed with the Jets, spoke publicly on Friday for the first time since the Jets decided to hire Adam Gase as their new head coach. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported that Rhule withdrew his name from the running after the Jets wanted him to choose his coaching staff from a list of assistants they would provide

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold passes the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold passes the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Cowboys quarterback and current CBS NFL analyst Tony Romo sees some similarities between Jets quarterback Sam Darnold and future Pro Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.

Considering what Manning was able to accomplish with Adam Gase, the newest Jets head coach, that bodes well for Darnold.

Romo praised the Jets for hiring Gase and believes Darnold can take his game to the next level with Gase.

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