In his first season as the Jets’ head coach, Todd Bowles didn’t attend offensive meetings and didn’t have sit-downs with Ryan Fitzpatrick until later in the season. Even though the Jets’ quarterback situation is up in the air for 2016, the defensive-minded coach tells ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini that he doesn’t plan on changing his approach with signal callers.
“I know what’s going on and I trust [offensive coordinator Chan Gailey] completely. I know the plays we run and I know what everybody is supposed to do, right or wrong. I understand busted assignments and things like that,” Bowles explained. “I’m up to speed because I’ve been in the offense a year as well. I’m still a defensive guy, but I have an overall game mentality. When you get experience like I did the first year, you get a better feel for situations before they come up.”
Here’s today’s look at Gang Green, including more on the team’s quarterback situation:
- Recently, Jets receiver Brandon Marshall said that he had not heard from Fitzpatrick in weeks. Last night, however, Marshall posed for a picture with Fitzpatrick and his sons and posted it on Instagram. This doesn’t tell us much about the state of talks between Fitzpatrick and the Jets, but it does mean that the QB is back in contact with one of his best friends on the team.
- Should the Jets sign return man Devin Hester? Hester, who was released by Atlanta on Tuesday morning, could be a fit since the Jets are in the market for someone to return both kickoffs and punts, NJ.com’s Darryl Slater opines. Right now, the Jets are looking at wide receivers Jeremy Ross and Jalin Marshall (an undrafted rookie) as potential options.
- The Jets need to sign Fitzpatrick, but their offer sheet must come with an expiration date, Cimini writes.
- Dexter McDougle, a 2014 third-round pick of the Jets, is on the roster bubble, Cimini writes. For a complete look at the players competing for work in the Jets’ secondary, check out their depth chart on Roster Resource.
- The Jets have yet to sign first-round pick Darron Lee and the two sides are reportedly butting heads over the linebacker’s fourth-year guarantee.