AFC East Notes: Jets, Harbaugh, Drake, Dolphins, Patriots, Hogan

There’s been a lot of talk about Jim Harbaugh returning to the NFL lately, with his name recently being linked to the Jets’ job. While Harbaugh has said he wants to stay at Michigan and Jets CEO Christopher Johnson denied the reports today, it still seems like a definite possibility. It’s the type of high profile job that could lure Harbaugh away, and it’s a relatively attractive landing spot with Sam Darnold entrenched as the quarterback of the future. While Harbaugh is generally very highly regarded as a coach, the Jets should be very wary of bringing him in, opines Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.

Vacchiano writes that Harbaugh is the “biggest risk” of any of this year’s head coaching candidates, and that his tenure in San Francisco was “tumultuous.” He notes that those around the 49ers organization considered Harbaugh “toxic and unbearable”, and Vacchiano is skeptical Harbaugh could get along with the Jets’ front office. With Todd Bowles a near lock to be fired next Monday, we should know a lot more about New York’s intentions soon.

Here’s more from the AFC East:

  • Kenyan Drake has grown a bit disgruntled with his role for the Dolphins, and wouldn’t say whether he wants to be back in Miami next year, according to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. Drake is a very talented running back and leads the Dolphins in yards from scrimmage this year, but the coaching staff has never used him consistently. Even with the injury to Frank Gore, his role has still decreased recently, and he got only six carries in the team’s loss to the Jaguars this past Sunday. With Ryan Tannehill and Adam Gase’s futures both increasingly uncertain, it’s looking like an offseason of change is coming for the Dolphins. The team is likely to look completely different in 2019, and Drake might not be a part of things even though he has one year left on his rookie contract.
  • Speaking of players frustrated with their playing time, Patriots receiver Chris Hogan downplayed any internal strife and said he isn’t upset about his lack of involvement in the offense, according to Doug Kyed of NESN.com. Hogan played the vast majority of snaps in the team’s win over the Bills in Week 16, but he wasn’t targeted in the game and was reportedly seen slamming his helmet in frustration during the game. He also sat away from his fellow receivers and over on the defensive side of the bench, but insisted that everybody is on the same page. Hogan’s production has varied as he’s been featured heavily one week and absent the next, but he was expected to take on a more prominent role with Josh Gordon‘s departure, although that didn’t materialize against Buffalo.
  • While Bowles is almost certain to be fired on Black Monday following the Week 17 games, the embattled head coach is insisting he isn’t worried about his job security, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN. Bowles said he had no reaction to the rumors about Harbaugh, and wouldn’t address questions about his job. After four years of leading the Jets, a new era is right around the corner in New York.
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12 comments on “AFC East Notes: Jets, Harbaugh, Drake, Dolphins, Patriots, Hogan

  1. tsolid

    Toxic, unbearable, and yet successful. Why no mention of his accomplishments there? Or how the players played hard for him? How have they been since his departure? They wonder why a lot of people hate the media.

    • kenleyfornia2

      You just summed him up. Has won some games, but was extremely toxic his last year in SF. His attitude is built for college not he NFL which is why things got stale and their window slammed shut. The team looked competent under Shanahan and a healthy Jimmy

      • tsolid

        I didn’t sum anything up. I repeated what the article said. He’s 44-19 in the NFL. I don’t know what your personal beef is with the guy, but you look ridiculous posting nonsense about his NFL coaching ability

        • tsolid

          The window “slammed shut” AFTER he left. Competent and successful are completely different things

        • kenleyfornia2

          Because your acting like daring to question Harbaughs leadership is fake news. If you think there isnt a risk to Harbaugh you haven’t paid attention

          • tsolid

            Are you serious? I pay plenty of attention. There’s a risk to hiring ANYONE. I don’t Question his leadership, b/c not once did I hear/read PLAYERS questioning his methods. Not a coincidence that guys started retiring soon after he left.

  2. Thronson5

    What a joke. I can’t stand the way people try to tarnish Harbaughs name and what he can do for a team. He didn’t get along with that terrible GM, then that terrible GM was planting crap in the media making it a bit story that last season and eventually the owner chose that terrible GM (who I can’t even bare to say his name by the way if you can’t tell) over Harbaugh which was a huge mistake! Look at the free agents that left and didn’t want to play for that GM and even the players that retired rather than play for him. I can’t stand that nobody talks about him ruining things in SF and instead people talk about Harbaugh being too intense and and passionate and it wearing thin on the team. On pansies would say something like that.

    • tsolid

      Dude… ESPN has nothing to do with the Harbaugh of this post. The guy from SNY is responsible for this nonsense.

  3. driftcat28

    Harbaugh is a great coach and any team, other than NE, should go hard after him

    • kenleyfornia2

      Rams, Saints, Bears, Chargers, Colts, Seahawks, Chiefs, Eagles, Vikings beg to differ

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