The Jets have hired defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson, the team announced Wednesday.
Wilson, 34, was the Rams' DBs coach this past season.
He had been a part of the Rams' coaching staff since 2012.
Position coaches often fly under the radar, but don't ignore the impact of this one because Dennard Wilson has a big job ahead of him. He has to rebuild a Jets secondary that was a mess last season, and he'll have to do it either without Darrelle Revis or with Revis trying to transition from cornerback to safety.
If the Jets bring Revis back (which will only happen if he takes a huge pay cut), Wilson will have to figure out what the 31-year-old future Hall of Famer has left in the tank, and whether his poor 2016 season was the result of a decline in skills or other factors. Because Revis, at times, looked like a player incapable of playing corner in the NFL anymore. That's why even Revis admitted his future may be at safety -- a position Wilson would have to help him learn.
With or without Revis, Wilson has a young secondary to mold. Cornerbacks Buster Skrine, Marcus Williams, and Juston Burris all flashed potential at times. But the defensive backs were also plagued by breakdowns apparently caused by miscommunication. It's bigger than one coach, of course, but Wilson will be at the front lines of trying to clean all that up.