New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, defensive back Rontez Miles and punter Lac Edwards leave the field after losing to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, defensive back Rontez Miles and punter Lac Edwards leave the field after losing to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets fired head coach Todd Bowles on Dec. 30 after the 55-year-old spent four seasons with the team. Bowles finished his tenure with a 24-40 record -- winning 10 of his first 15 games at the helm. Bowles' Jets finished 5-11 in 2016 and '17, then went 4-12 this season. In hopes of turning a new page, New York isn't wasting time hunting for a replacement.


Here are the latest updates on the Jets' search for a new head coach:

Jan. 9, 8:40 PM:

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed that the Jets will hire former Dolphins head coach Adam Gase as their 19th head coach in franchise history. Gase was fired after three seasons in Miami, where he went 23-25 overall including a 10-6 playoff team in his rookie season in 2016. 

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Jan. 9, 7:31 PM: 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Baylor head coach Matt Rhule informed the players on his team that he will be staying at school, which takes his name out of the running for the Jets' job. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano furthered the report saying the Jets wanted to give Rhule a list of assistants with NFL experience to hire to his staff. But Rhule didn't agree with that idea, and pulled his name from the running.

With Rhule out, that leaves Mike McCarthy and Adam Gase to choose from as their next head coach. McCarthy, the more accomplished between the two, has reportedly made it known that the Jets' vacancy is the only job he wants to fill.  

Jan 9. 5:18 PM:

The Jets' search for a new head coach has seemingly narrowed down to final few names, and much of the speculation on Wednesday centered around Rhule. 

And when the Jets finally do make their decision, he might be their choice. But don't rule out McCarthy and Gase yet.

Both the former Packers coach and former Dolphins coach are still very much in the mix for the job, according to a source familiar with the Jets' thinking. 

It appears that those two and Rhule are the final three, though at least one league source believes Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken might still be under consideration.

At the moment it's not clear what is holding up the final decision.

The Jets know McCarthy wants the job, but since he made $6 million per year in Green Bay he could be very expensive. 

Rhule would be cheaper, but Baylor University might give him a significant raise in an effort to keep him if the Jets try to hire him away.

It's unclear if money is a factor at all in the process or if negotiations with any of them are even under way. 

All that is clear is that the Jets apparently haven't officially ruled any of them out yet. 

The expectation is the Jets will have a new head coach in place by the end of the week. So far five of the eight openings for NFL head coaches have been filled.

Jan 8, 5:06 PM:

The Cardinals announce Kliff Kingsbury as their next head coach. 

The Jets announce that their interview with Buc offensive coordinate Todd Monken is complete.

Jan 8, 3:15 PM:

After interviewing Kliff Kingsbury on Monday, the former Texas Tech head coach is reportedly close to finalizing a deal with the Arizona Cardinals, per NFL Network. 

Ralph's Take: That former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury landed with the Arizona Cardinals did not come as a surprise to the Jets, according to an NFL source. They knew the Cards had been trying to pry him from his new job at USC for a while, and they had been told he would likely take their job if it was offered.

They pursued an interview with him anyway for a couple of reasons: One, because you never know. He had emerged as a hot name on the coaching carousel with a reputation for developing young quarterbacks, and maybe he could have wowed them and vice versa. Or maybe, if the Cards job fell through and the Jets didn't want him as a head coach, they could have lured him as an offensive coordinator.

And the other was to hear his thoughts on the Jets' offense and their young quarterback Sam Darnold. Smart NFL teams often use the interview process not just as a way to find an NFL coach, but to get some much-needed outside perspective on their organization and their plan.

None of that is to say the Jets weren't interested in Kingsbury. They were. They just knew he wasn't likely to end up as their head coach.

Who will? Well, they have announced five candidates - Mike McCarthy, Jim Caldwell, Adam Gase, Eric Bieniemy and Kris Richard, and they are interviewing a sixth (Todd Monken) today. All of them have NFL experience. They also reportedly have talked to Baylor coach Matt Rhule, though it's not clear if they formally interviewed him.

At the moment, there are no other known candidates, so the Jets' choice might emerge in the next couple of days.

Jan 8, 2:01 PM:

Kliff Kingsbury left for Arizona Tuesday morning to interview for the Cardinals job, thus completing his interview with the Jets, per NFL Network's Pete Schrager

Jan 7, 3:40 PM:

The Jets are meeting with USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury on Monday, according to FS1's Bruce Feldman. Kingsbury was initially denied permission to interview for NFL jobs from the university but appears to have been granted that permission. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Kingsbury still employed by the university despite reports he may have resigned. 

Jan. 7, 2:43 PM:

The Jets completed an interview with Jim Caldwell on Monday. Caldwell was fired as Lions head coach after the 2017 season after four seasons as head coach, including two playoff appearances. 

The Jets will aslo talk to Baylor coach Matt Rhule before interviewing Bucs OC Todd Monken on Tuesday, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. 

Jan. 6, 8:04 PM:

Mike McCarthy is still a candidate for the Jets' job, an NFL source told SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano, and as far as the team knows, the former Packers coach has not made any big decisions about his future. There has always been a chance that he'd choose to sit out the 2019 season, as one report on Sunday said he planned to do. But after interviewing him on Friday and Saturday, the source said, the Jets believe he's still interested in their job.

That could always change, but for now it does appear that McCarthy has "warmed" to the idea of coaching the Jets, as one source told SNY on Saturday. The only two jobs he's currently planning to interview for are the Jets job and the Browns job. He postponed his interview with the Browns a few days ago, but it is expected to take place this week.

McCarthy does still appear to be a favorite, particularly of Jets CEO Christopher Johnson, according to a source. The Jets went into the search hoping to find an experienced head coach with an offensive mind and someone who could help develop young quarterback Sam Darnold and energize their fan base. The 55-year-old McCarthy would seem to check all of those boxes.

But the Jets are going to continue their extensive search at least through this week, before deciding whether they're going to bring in any candidates for a second interview. So far they've interviewed McCarthy, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and former Dolphins coach Adam Gase. They interviewed Cowboys DBs coach Kris Richard on Sunday in Dallas, and will interview Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken on Tuesday.

They also may interview Baylor coach Matt Rhule, and they are hopeful USC will change its mind and let them talk to Trojans offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.

Video: 5 facts to know about Jets candidate Todd Monken

Jan. 5, 3:21 PM: 

A source confirms to SNY the Jets interview with Bucs OC Todd Monken is scheduled for Tuesday.

McCarthy also completed his interview on Saturday. So Richard on Sunday, Monken on Tuesday. Bieniemy and Gase are already done. They're still interested in Jim Caldwell, but there is no date scheduled for him yet. 

Monken reportedly also has interviews with the Packers and Bengals.

Jan. 5, 12:57 PM:

USC has denied the Jets and Cardinals permission to interview Kliff Kingsbury as head coach, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Kingsbury accepted a position as the offensive coordinator in early December after he was fired as head coach of Texas Tech in November. 

Jan. 5, 9:04 AM:

Former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy will interview with the Jets on Saturday, per NFL Network. 

Jan. 4, 4:53 PM:

The Jets are interested in Baylor coach Matt Rhule, according to ESPN, but it's unclear if he will be asked to interview for the head coaching position.

Jan. 4, 2:49 PM:

The Jets announced they've completed an interview with former Dolphins head coach Adam Gase

Jan. 4, 2:13 PM:

The Jets will meet with Cowboys defensive backs coach Kris Richard on Sunday in Dallas, after the Cowboys play their wild-card round game against the Seahawks on Saturday, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Video: 5 facts to know about Jets candidate Kris Richard

Jan. 2, 5:43 PM:

According to ESPN's Jeff Darlington, former Dolphins head coach Adam Gase will interview with the Jets this Friday. Gase, who interviewed with the Cardinals on Wednesday, was canned by the Dolphins after three seasons that saw a 23-25 overall record. Miami made the playoffs in his first season after a 10-6 campaign in 2016.

Gase has been plagued with quarterback issues during his three seasons, as Ryan Tannehill's injury situation forced backups like Matt Moore to take over in his place. With the Jets, Gase -- an offensive mind -- would hope for more luck with a young quarterback Sam Darnold. He would also get some revenge against his former team twice a year.

Jan. 2, 1:22 PM:

Jets announce they've completed an interview with Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.

Jan. 2, 9:16 AM:

The Jets will interview Eric Bieniemy on Wednesday in Kansas City, according to The MMQB's Albert Breer.

Bieniemy, who has worked under Andy Reid since 2013 and led the Chiefs to the No. 1 seed and the top offense in the league in his first season as offensive coordinator, will also interview with the Buccaneers on Wednesday, Dolphins on Thursday and Bengals on Friday, according to Breer and NFL Network's Ian Rapaport.

Jan. 1, 7:26 PM:

Kliff Kingsbury: The former Texas Tech head coach and former USC offensive coordinator will conduct an interview with the Jets, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports. 

Kingsbury, 39, is viewed as an up-and-coming offensive mind and has spent time developing quarterbacks such as Patrick Mahomes, Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb. He also is expected to interview with the Arizona Cardinals. 

Kingsbury also once played for the Jets. His only NFL appearance came with them in 2005 when he completed just one of two passes. 

Jan. 1, 12:30 PM:

Mike McCarthy: The former Green Bay Packers coach has been at the top of the Jets' wish list for their next head coach since the day he was fired by the Packers, as SNY has been reporting for more than a month. The only question has been whether he's interested in the Jets or whether he wants to sit out the entire 2019 season, as some in the NFL suspect.

McCarthy, though, is planning to talk to the Jets at least, an NFL source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. An interview hasn't officially been scheduled, but he's indicated that he will take one with the Jets. He has also drawn interest from the Cleveland Browns and the Arizona Cardinals too, though it's unclear if he'll interview with them. He is believed to be very interested in the Cardinals job.

The 55-year-old McCarthy is the most accomplished coach on the market. In 13 seasons with the Packers he took them to playoffs nine times, the NFC championship four times, and he won a Super Bowl once. He had eight seasons with at least 10 wins and his offense was ranked in the Top 10 in the NFL nine times.

Obviously he had the benefit of the NFL's best quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, on his roster. But he had at least a little to do with Rodgers' development too. And that could be a huge selling point for the Jets as they consider the development of their own young, star quarterback, Sam Darnold.

Video: 5 facts to know about Jets candidate Jim Caldwell

Dec. 31, 7:05 PM:

Jim Caldwell: The Jets do plan to interview former Colts and Lions coach Jim Caldwell, a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. It doesn't sound like an interview is set up yet, but it should be coming. The 63-year-old has already interviewed with the Green Bay Packers and reportedly could be on the Cleveland Browns' list too. He's not a high-profile candidate or a big name, but he was very successful in both his previous stops. The fact that he went to the playoffs twice in four years with Detroit is a miracle considering that franchise has had three playoff berths in the last 19 years.

Dec. 31, 6:45 PM:

Zac TaylorIf the Jets are searching for the next Sean McVay, they don't seem to be searching for him in McVay's staff according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. In a somewhat surprising move, the Jets - in their "extensive" search - don't seem to be in on Rams QB coach Zac Taylor. Given the success of the Rams and McVay's offense, Taylor has become a very hot commodity. The Cardinals, Broncos and Bengals have already scheduled interviews with him, per a source, but the Jets haven't reached out at all. At this point, especially with the Rams in the playoffs, he might not be willing to take any more interviews, so the Jets might have already missed their chance.

Dec. 31, 2:30 PM:

Matt Campbell: The Iowa State coach, who was expected to draw interest from the NFL, received a request to interview with the Jets, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. As of right now, though, he's declining.

Dec. 31, 1:37 PM:

Todd Monken: The Jets put in a request to interview Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed. Monken had college head coaching experience with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles from 2013-15. The 52-year-old completed his head coach tenure with a 13-25 regular season record for Southern Miss. The Bucs hired Monken as their OC before the 2016 season. Tampa Bay had the No. 1 passing offense in the league with Monken serving as the play caller in 2018. 

Ralph's Take: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were a huge disappointment this season at 5-11, but somehow they had the NFL's third-ranked offense (415.5 yards per game) and the NFL's best passing attack (320.3). That's surprising, considering they began the year without starter Jameis Winston and then yo-yoed between him and journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick. That success has put the spotlight on the 52-year-old Monken, who also had success as a head coach in college, turning Southern Miss from a 1-11 mess to a bowl team in his three seasons. He fits the profile as an offense guru, even if he is a bit of an unknown.

Dec. 31, 12:30 PM:

Kris Richard: The Jets are requesting an interview with Dallas Cowboys passing game coordinator and Defensive backs coach Kris Richard, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed. The playoff-bound Cowboys hired Richard as their DB coach in January of this year. The former NFL cornerback began his coaching career with the Seattle Seahawks 2010 as an assistant DB coach, promoted to Defensive coordinator in '15. Richard's defense ranked first in points allowed for the '15 Seahawks season.

Ralph's Take: The 39-year-old Richard is a very well-respected coach who a lot of people around the league believe will be a star as a head coach someday. He'll be a terrific hire for someone, but he doesn't make a lot of sense for the Jets. His specialty is defense. He was the assistant who groomed the Legion of Boom secondary in Seattle and then became their defensive coordinator. A former NFL cornerback, he has no background on offense at all. That makes him another Todd Bowles and that's not what the Jets need. They need an offensive mind, someone who can help groom quarterback Sam Darnold. Another defensive mind with no head coaching experience would be a mistake.

Dec. 31, 11:35 AM:

Eric Bieniemy: The Jets put in a request to interview Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed. Bieniemy has 11 years of coaching experience under his belt -- six years with Kansas City under head coach Andy Reid. He was promoted to Chiefs OC before the 2018 season. QB Patrick Mahomes had a great year under Bieniemy's tutelage, completing 383 of 580 passes for 5,097 yards on the year.

Ralph's Take: This is a real good place for the Jets to start, given the success of young quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the explosiveness of the Chiefs offense. Andy Reid calls the plays there, but that hasn't seemed to hurt the men on the branches of his coaching tree. Matt Nagy, his previous offensive coordinator, turned the Chicago Bears around this season and led them to the playoffs. And his previous offensive coordinator, Doug Pederson, won a Super Bowl last year in his first season as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach. So there's a track record there. The only risk is that he's never been a head coach at any level, and the Jets may want someone a little more experienced than that.

Dec. 30, 12:00 PM:

Mike McCarthy: Cardinals ownership reached out to former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and the 55-year-old reportedly said he does not intend to pursue the opening, according to CBS Sports. The reports says McCarthy will sit out in 2019 if the perfect coaching opportunity does not present itself. McCarthy took the Packers to four NFC championships in 13 years before he was fired in-season earlier this month. He finished his tenure with the Green Bay on a 125-77-2 regular season record. 

Ralph's Take: Simply the best available candidate. In 13 seasons in Green Bay he had eight seasons with double-digit wins, nine trips to the playoffs, four trips to the NFC championship and a Super Bowl championship. What's unknown is whether he wants to coach in New York.

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Jan 6, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ty Montgomery (88) during an AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 6, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ty Montgomery (88) during an AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Versatile running back Ty Montgomery had a few destinations he could have pursued in free agency this offseason. But he eventually decided the Jets was the place for him, even though he wouldn't be the main man in the backfield. 

That title, of course, goes to Le'Veon Bell this season after he signed a long-term deal with New York. Still, Montgomery believed the Jets was the right fit, mainly because of the offense Adam Gase brings with him.

"You have to be smart," Montgomery told newyorkjets.com's Ethan Greenberg about Gase's offense. "You have to be able to catch the ball and you have to be able to run the ball. You can't have an imbalance and be at running back in this offense. It's actually pretty cool, it's challenging. I think it suits my abilities and I'm loving it."

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GM Joe Douglas made key additions to the Jets' front office on Tuesday.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Jets added Browns GM Phil Savage and Ravens Director of Pro Personnel Chad Alexander. Later in the afternoon, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Colts VP of Player Personnel Rex Hogan has been hired by Gang Green to be Douglas' assistant GM.

The 54-year-old Savage's role is unclear, but he returns to an NFL front office for the first time since he was with the Eagles from 2010-12. Meanwhile, Alexander will serve as director of player personnel for the Jets. 

 

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold passes the ball in front of Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Grover Stewart during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold passes the ball in front of Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Grover Stewart during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets' offseason has been a wild roller-coaster ride. It started at the bottom when they fired their head coach, peaked during free agency and the draft, then went on a wild spiral downward when they fired their general manager … and then somehow managed to come out of it OK.

In fact, not only do they seem OK now that GM Joe Douglas and his good buddy, head coach Adam Gase, are in charge; they are convinced they are on an uphill climb again. They are loaded with optimism. They feel like they are finally headed in the right direction. They believe a return to the playoffs is near.

Maybe they're right. Or maybe they're fooling themselves. For now, though, there has been an unusual amount of hope and excitement around the Jets as they wrapped up their spring organized team activities and mini-camps. Time will tell if that's warranted or not.

Tags: Chris Herndon, Derrick Jones, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Parry Nickerson, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up prior to a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up prior to a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

Jets QB Josh McCown is officially hanging up his cleats, as he announced his retirement after 17 NFL seasons. 

Penning his retirement in a Players' Tribune article, McCown reflected on "one heck of a journey" that he has gone through in his NFL career.

While some have expressed their belief that McCown would be a great coach, he will join ESPN as an NFL analyst beginning Wednesday. 

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It's safe to say Jets special teams coach Brant Boyer was ecstatic to see not one, but two of his players reach the Pro Bowl last season. Kick and punt returner Andre Roberts and kicker Jason Myers both put together solid seasons, good enough to be voted among the NFL's best to represent the Jets. 

But, now, Boyer doesn't have the luxury of those two on his depth chart any longer. Roberts is now a Buffalo Bill and Myers signed with the Seahawks, with both players not happy New York wasn't competitive in bringing them back.

Roberts, in particular, was one of the best return specialists in the NFL last season. He totaled 1,147 yards on 40 returns (29.4 ypr) with one touchdown, and had 324 yards on 23 punt returns (14.1 ypr) with a touchdown as well. That type of production will be hard to match, and Boyer knows it.

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To illustrate the lovely bond that bloomed between the 1969 Mets and their roommates at Shea Stadium, the Jets, John Schmitt tells the following story: 

Schmitt, the center on the Jets' Super Bowl III champs, brought his young son, John-John, to the ballgame one night to see the great Tom Seaver pitch. Schmitt ushered John-John into the Mets' clubhouse, where Seaver was getting a pre-game massage. Schmitt did not want to disturb a fellow athlete's prep, but Seaver insisted. 

"He got off the rubdown table, put on his jersey and hat and took a picture with us," Schmitt recalls. "He was great. Then he takes off his jersey, gets back on the table and went out and won the game that night.

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Aug 9, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Daniel Brown (85) runs against Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Junior Joseph (48) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Aug 9, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Daniel Brown (85) runs against Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Junior Joseph (48) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

Jets camp is in full swing, and there's a buzz in the Florham Park air. There's a new head coach, a new GM, and lots of fresh faces on the field.

Which players have the potential to be unheralded X-factors for the Jets this year? Here's five guys who have stood out so far.

Jonotthan Harrison (C)

Harrison is a familiar face after starting nine games over the last two years, but there was some thought that the Jets may pursue an upgrade at center this offseason. Instead, they stuck with Harrison, and the results are paying off.

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Sep 3, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; ESPN broadcaster Todd McShay walks on the sidelines before the game between West Virginia Mountaineers and Virginia Tech Hokies at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)
Sep 3, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; ESPN broadcaster Todd McShay walks on the sidelines before the game between West Virginia Mountaineers and Virginia Tech Hokies at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)

Todd McShay won't be joining college teammate Joe Douglas in New York.

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the 42-year-old analyst has elected to stay with ESPN rather than taking a job in the Jets' personnel department. 

Once Douglas was brought onboard, McShay told ESPN's Rich Cimini that he he was being considered for a front office position with the team. McShay and Douglas share a connection from their days together as teammates at the University of Richmond, but it sounds like McShay has decided to keep his current job in Bristol.

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Joe Douglas made another change to the Jets' roster on Thursday, adding CB Mark Myers.

Myers, a Southeastern University product, signed with the Buccaneers last May after impressing during rookie camp as a tryout player. Myers stuck around with the Bucs during the preseason, but was later released when the roster was trimmed to 53 players. 

Listed at 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, Myers started for four years at Southeastern, whose NAIA football program started from scratch in 2014.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - If there's one thing that defined the Jets in the final two years of the Todd Bowles Era, it was their maddeningly underachieving defense. Every year they seemed to have so much talent and potential, but the production just never matched.

The strong belief inside One Jets Drive is that storyline is about to change dramatically under new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Because if he can't get something out of this defense, then it's possible that nobody can.

The 60-year-old Williams was the most interesting, controversial, and by far the best hire that Jets coach Adam Gase made when he assembled his staff over the last few months. And it didn't take long for Williams to leave his mark on the team. His loud, profane voice has dominated spring practices, the same way his defensive players have often dominated on the field...

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New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and linebackers coach Joe Vitt were quick to get past talking about their relationship

Don't ask Joe Vitt about his relationship with Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams

The Jets' senior defensive assistant had little to say Thursday when asked about working under Williams again, like the pair did in New Orleans, where they were both involved in "Bountygate." 

"This is a National Enquirer question, or what?" Vitt tersely retorted. "I like Gregg. Me and him are friends. Next question." 

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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams stretches before a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams stretches before a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Jamal Adams has already expressed his fondness for new Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Perhaps one reason why is the tough love Williams showed him early on.

Williams recalled the first thing he said to the Jets' Pro Bowl safety the first time they met, and surely it'll light a fire within Adams.

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At 42 years old, did new Jets GM Joe Douglas feel it was time for him to become a general manager? Was an opportunity like this something he was waiting for?

"I don't know if you know you're ready until you actually get there," Douglas told WFAN's Mike Francesa on Wednesday. "It's almost like the feeling before me and my wife Shannon were getting ready to have our first child."

Douglas added he thought he was prepared to be a father, and then when the baby was born, "whoa."

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Aug 30, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive back Montrel Meander (30) reacts after a play during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Aug 30, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive back Montrel Meander (30) reacts after a play during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

Joe Douglas has officially added to the Jets' roster for the first time as the team's GM.

During his introductory press conference, Douglas said that the Jets would use their No. 3 claim in the waiver wire to their advantage, and he's already making good on that claim in the early days of his tenure, as the Jets claimed CB Montrel Meander off waivers from the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday afternoon.

A Grambling State product, Meander originally signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2018. He spent the majority of the season on the Browns' practice squad before finishing the year with the Raiders.

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The Jets introduced their new GM, Joe Douglas. Douglas said his relationship with Adam Gase and Sam Darnold at QB made it a good match.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- In Joe Douglas' first year in the Philadelphia Eagles front office they made a bold trade up in the draft to land quarterback Carson Wentz. Douglas quickly realized two things: The Eagles had the right guy at quarterback, and they needed to move quickly to build a winner around him.

There was an excitement and a sense of hope and purpose back then about the Eagles' immediate future - something that thanks to the presence of quarterback Sam Darnold, the Jets' new general manager is absolutely feeling again now.

"There was a sense of urgency in Philadelphia knowing that we had a young quarterback and we want to put the pieces around him," Douglas said. "I think there's going to be that same urgency here with a young quarterback like Sam. I think once you know you have the right guy, that's the sense of urgency. Let's go win right now. I think that confidence is here right now."

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Joe Douglas caught up with Jeane Coakley and shared that Sam Darnold was a big reason he thought the timing was right to join the Jets.

"This is a good day, a really good day."

That's how Jets CEO Christopher Johnson opened up the press conference to introduce new GM Joe Douglas at the Jets facility in Florham Park on Tuesday. 

Johnson and the Jets moved on from now-former GM Mike Maccagnan, though he did complete their draft and free agent moves. Head coach Adam Gase was given the interim role, as the Jets went searching for someone who "shared my vision for the team," as Johnson put it. 

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New York Jets tight end Neal Sterling fights for yards as Atlanta Falcons defensive back Tyson Graham tackles during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets tight end Neal Sterling fights for yards as Atlanta Falcons defensive back Tyson Graham tackles during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

It wasn't long before new GM Joe Douglas made his first move for the Jets, as TE Neal Sterling was released on Tuesday

Sterling re-signed with the Jets this offseason on a veteran minimum contract, but he has been injured this offseason which has kept him out of team practices.

With Chris Herndon having a solid rookie season in 2018, and Trevon Wesco drafted in the fourth round back in April, the Jets had the depth to let him go. Jordan Leggett is also on the Jets' depth chart...

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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

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The Jets are scheduled to introduce their new general manager, Joe Douglas, to the media on Tuesday afternoon. Here are 10 questions we'd like to see Douglas answer:

1. What is your current assessment of the roster you are inheriting?

While Douglas may not go into specific players or position groups, it's important to get some sense of how far away he feels the team is from being a contender. Mike Maccagnan expressed confidence in the team a few months ago, but - having inherited it rather than built it himself - Douglas might be more willing to be honest about some of the weaknesses.

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General overall view of MetLife Stadium Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
General overall view of MetLife Stadium Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Former Jets TE Kellen Winslow Jr. was found guilty on Monday of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman last year in a town north of San Diego.

The verdict was reached in San Diego Superior Court, where the 35-year-old former NFL player was also found guilty of indecent exposure and lewd conduct but not guilty of one count of a lewd act. 

Prosecutors used DNA evidence and pointed to GPS locations that placed Winslow where the women said the assaults happened to make their case while the defense argued inconsistencies in the accuser's stories and that the sex was consensual. 

 

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold unsnaps his helmet as he heads to the bench during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold unsnaps his helmet as he heads to the bench during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (unsurprisingly) had a loud offseason. For the most part, everything went pretty well. They hired a new coach, won the Le'Veon Bell sweepstakes, and drafted Quinnen Williams with the No. 3 pick in the draft. Then, they fired GM Mike Maccagnan after the draft, and new head coach Adam Gase briefly served as the interim GM. With new GM Joe Douglas in the fold, the organization appears finished with its major offseason moves.

For a franchise that seemingly can never escape controversy, the Jets enter the 2019 season with an exciting roster and plenty of reasons to feel optimistic. These are a few of them...

Sam Darnold's progression

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Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) hands off to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) hands off to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Reunited and it feels so good for Bilal Powell and Sam Darnold.

The Jets and Powell initially parted ways this offseason, but he still finds himself with New York heading into the new season. After a workout on Friday, Powell signed a one-year deal to come back to Gang Green. 

Darnold only had Powell in his backfield for seven games during his rookie season under center, but he is pumped to have him back in the mix when training camp kicks off in July. 

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Jan 21, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (93) reacts against the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jan 21, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (93) reacts against the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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New Jets general manager Joe Douglas spent most of his career with the Baltimore Ravens although he's been with Philadelphia for the past three years. Prior to that, he spent a year with the Bears, which is where his path crossed with that of then-Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase. With Gase and Douglas reunited in New York, it's worth looking back at the players drafted by Douglas' teams to see if we can identify any potential future targets for the Jets.

Ironically, two of the biggest offseason acquisitions for the Jets were two of the best draft picks from Douglas' time with the Ravens. Baltimore selected CJ Mosley in the first round in 2014 and Kelechi Osemele in the second round in 2012 and they've made six pro bowl appearances between them. However, are there any other selections that Douglas' teams made in the past who could be targets if they become available?

DL Timmy Jernigan - Philadelphia 

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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

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The Jets have had their share of dysfunctional coach-GM relationships over the last decade, and there's no guarantee that this one will be any different. Give two alpha males relatively equal power -- or any power, really -- and clashes are bound to happen. There's always a chance things can get bad.

But at least this time the Jets are starting out on the right foot, even if they got there in a backwards way. Because a huge key for any sports operation is for a coach and general manager to share the same vision, to be able to work together and solve their differences in a professional way.

So it's nothing but a good thing that Joe Douglas, the new Jets GM, was the hand-picked choice of new Jets coach Adam Gase. Yes, that's the reverse of how it usually happens. But in the end, it won't matter how they got there, as long as the Jets' two most powerful people begin and remain on the same page.

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Sep 3, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; ESPN broadcaster Todd McShay walks on the sidelines before the game between West Virginia Mountaineers and Virginia Tech Hokies at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)
Sep 3, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; ESPN broadcaster Todd McShay walks on the sidelines before the game between West Virginia Mountaineers and Virginia Tech Hokies at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)

Joe Douglas may not be the only new addition to the Jets front office. 

The newly-hired GM is looking to build a staff around him and is considering ESPN college football analyst Todd McShay, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. 

McShay, who has never worked in an NFL front office, told Cimini that he is one of several options Douglas is considering. The two were teammates together at the University of Richmond. 

 

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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

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Now that the Jets have filled their general manager vacancy, there will inevitably be changes in the way the Jets put together their team. 

While Joe Douglas, like Mike Maccagnan before him, has a background in scouting, there are plenty of differences in his approach. 

Let's consider some of the main tenets, how they differ from those of Maccagnan and what this could mean for some of the players on the current roster.

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SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports that the Jets have chosen former Eagles VP Joe Douglas as their new General Manager

The Jets have found their next general manager.

The team announced on Friday evening that Joe Douglas, formerly the Eagles vice president of player personnel, has agreed to terms to join the Jets' front office.

Per SNY Insider Ralph Vacchiano, Douglas did not make this easy for the Jets. The negotiations lasted several days and it took several offers from the Jets before Douglas finally accepted, according to an NFL source. At one point, some people close to him thought he would eventually turn the Jets down.

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Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) during pre game warm up at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) during pre game warm up at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Jets have brought back a familiar face.

After running back Bilal Powell worked out with the Jets earlier in the day, the team announced on Friday afternoon that they had agreed to terms. The specifics of the deal have not yet been disclosed.

Powell, 30, played seven games with the Jets last season before he underwent season-ending neck surgery, which at one point was believed to be career-threatening, too. 

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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

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The Jets should have a new general manager in place by next week, and it most likely will be Joe Douglas, the Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel.

But it's not a done deal yet, and it's not a lock that he's going to get the job.

The 42-year-old Douglas remains the prohibitive favorite to replace the fired Mike Maccagnan as the new Jets GM, but a team source cautioned that the hire isn't the slam dunk so many believe it is. The Jets appear to be impressed by Scott Fitterer, the Seattle Seahawks co-director of player personnel. And Gase has ties to Champ Kelly, the Chicago Bears assistant director of player personnel, too.

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In a sense, mandatory minicamps are like the first day of school. Players have been around their teammates during OTAs, but like the summer, you don't necessarily see everyone. 

But minicamp brings forth the entire 90-man roster, and for players on the defense like Jamal Adams, they couldn't wait for recess. That's how Adams referred to the team drills on Day 1, as the defense dominated throughout the day. 

"It's a lot of fun. It's like recess for us, you know what I mean?" Adams told reporters. "We go out there, we have fun, we're flying around the ball, and we're doing what we love to do. I think that's what it's about."

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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Jets first-round pick Quinnen Williams has been limited during OTAs with a calf injury, but the team is optimistic he'll be a full participant in next week's final OTA session.

"He'll be full-go next week, which will be great," Adam Gase said on Wednesday. "I think he'll be alright. It's always unfortunate anytime that you're missing reps. I still think the meeting times have been very valuable for him.

"Anytime a big guy has any type of calf injury, it could be a time-consuming type thing. So we want to be careful bringing him back. [I've] had some experiences in the past where I've seen guys where it lingers, and [they're] rushing back too fast. You just have to be careful, I think we're in a good place right now. We've done it the right way."

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