New York Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey spoke with the media following Wednesday's OTA. Here is what we learned from Gailey, who is in his second season running the Jets offense:
- "We've improved our roster from top to bottom on offense. We took baby steps last year, it's time to take longer steps now," Gailey said.
- Regarding rookie QB Christian Hackenberg: "He's a work in progress, as we all are."
- "Every rookie quarterback would benefit from sitting and learning," Gailey said on the notion of Hackenberg playing in his rookie season. "His upside is very good, in our opinion."
- Geno Smith is "mentally" ahead of where he was last season.
- When asked if he is comfortable with Geno as the Jets starting QB, Gailey responded: "We're comfortable with whoever wins the job."
- He won't try to figure out how RB Matt Forte fits into his system, but rather how he can adjust the offensive scheme to use all of his abilities.
- "You'd like to have everybody here for everybody to have the opportunity to get better, but at the same time it is voluntary," Gailey said regarding the absence of WR's Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall on Tuesday and Wednesday
- When asked about free agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Gailey responded "I coach who walks through the door."
Gailey's answer on incorporating Matt Forte into the offense perfectly encapsulates the way he approaches football. Gailey would rather use the system to enhance his players rather than the players to enhance his system. Personally, I see Forte as an upgraded version of Bilal Powell. Forte can run between the tackles but his best work has been done in the passing game much like Powell demonstrated in 2015.
Gailey got cute in his answers on Geno Smith and his role in this offense, but he's right. He can't speak to players who aren't on the team nor should he. The Fitzpatrick situation will resolve itself sooner or later, but let's all hope it's sooner.