When Adam Gase came into One Jets Drive as the team's new head coach last season, he knew there was going to be a learning curve. It was an entirely new coaching staff, and more specifically, an entirely new offense for QB Sam Darnold -- among other playmakers like Le'Veon Bell -- to get used to.
But Year 2 in Gase's system should be much easier for the coaches and players, and he said as much during his presser at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday.
"I think Year 2 is usually the biggest kind of jump, whether it's a player or coach," Gase said. "It's been nice to kind of take that time off after the season, jump right into it, both sides of the ball.
"It's the second year of the program. Guys will have a better understanding of what to expect. Starts in the spring and heads into training camp."
The Jets have many answers to find to their roster questions by the time training camp begins, and GM Joe Douglas and Gase will continue to work on that. In the meantime, here's what Gase had to say about his current roster, and what he might want to add to it...
On Sam Darnold's progression in his system
"Heading into next offseason, he'll know so much of the system," Gase explained. "It's not more of learning 'Hey, what's the formation? What's the play call?' Those things he's got a great grasp on."
Gase also had to deal with Darnold out last season due to mono, so he's happy to be over that hump as well.
"It'll be nice that we're past the mono thing," Gase said smiling. "We got that one checked off, health wise."
On Le'Veon Bell coming to spring workouts
Douglas refuted any notion that the Jets are going to initiate trade talks for Bell this offseason, so that means prepare for him to remain a Jet in 2020.
In that case, Gase was asked if Bell will be participating in offseason workouts with the team instead of going by his own routine like he did last season. At the time, Gase said he didn't mind it, and that Bell picked up on his scheme very quickly in minicamp and training camp. The same goes for this season, too.
"That wasn't something I asked him yet. We got a lot of time between now and when we start the offseason. I think really the biggest thing was making sure he was comfortable going forward, whether it's the running game, passing game, different ways we can use him."
On Robby Anderson re-signing
A big question for the Jets is whether or not Anderson will be back in the green and white next season, as he's testing the free agency waters. His price might be too high for the Jets to bring him back, but Gase would love if he returned due to Anderson already knowing his role in the system.
"I think any time you can keep bringing guys that have been in the system back, it's always helpful," Gase said. "Not only the coaching staff but to the entire building because everybody kinda knows the flow of everything, knows the schedule, how practice is gonna go, know the systems and how everything works out. There's no learning curve."
On wide receivers in 2020 draft class
There are multiple top receiving options for teams to choose from in the NFL Draft, and Gase realizes that. So, if re-signing Anderson falls through, the Jets could be targeting one at No. 11 overall.
"There's a lot of them. The wide receiver group is a large group. There's a lot of speed, a lot of guys with experiences, a lot of guys that can do a lot of good things."
On the offensive line overhaul
The Jets also need to address the offensive line -- bad. You could make the argument that the Jets need to simply get rid of all five linemen, and put in new ones. There's a slim chance of that happening, but changes are certainly coming. And Gase said Douglas has been working at that since he came into his role with New York.
"I think right now, especially with free agents that we have available, we have holes just [with] guys having contracts up," he said. "I know Joe -- they've been working on this relentlessly starting during the season. That's kinda how it goes, those guys work on hit year round."