Adam Gase Finalizes First Jets Staff

Adam Gase finalized his initial Jets coaching staff, and several new names will be added to the mix. In addition to the interesting setup reuniting ex-Saints staffers Gregg Williams and Joe Vitt, along with Blake Williams‘ arrival, the Jets announced five other new coaches will be joining their staff.

Longtime defensive end Andre Carter will come aboard as Gang Green’s defensive line coach. This will be Carter’s first chance at leading a position group. The 39-year-old former 13-year NFL veteran broke into coaching as the Dolphins’ assistant D-line instructor the past two seasons.

Gase hired John Dunn as tight ends coach. Dunn spent last season as the University of Connecticut’s assistant head coach. He’d previously worked with Jets OC Dowell Loggains in Chicago as an offensive assistant, his lone NFL experience to date.

Mentioned as another Miami-to-New York relocation candidate, Frank Bush will coach the Jets’ inside linebackers and carry an assistant HC title. Bo Hardegree will serve as an offensive assistant, and Eric Sanders will follow Gregg Williams from Cleveland to the Big Apple and work as a defensive assistant. The Browns jettisoned Sanders and the Williamses from their staff last month.

Gase will retain a few Todd Bowles-era coaches, most notably the special teams (Brant Boyer and Jeff Hammerschmidt) and defensive backs staffs (Dennard Wilson and Steve Jackson) will remain intact. Every other position group will have new leaders.

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    • Begamin

      Thats what I am feeling. Too many family ties and not enough people that know what theyre doing. Gregg Williams’ son doesnt have a good track record

    • kevin

      I agree . when ur team picks a DC first and essentially tells the hc he’s out first choice it’s not.gonna be easy. we know jets wanted that college hc so they could put the staff they wanted around him and then we knew they wanted Williams from the get go for def, so gase was essentially third on the ladder so I honestly think Williams has.more pull and I think it’s why gase brought in vitt to try and push back on Williams . I do not feel as tho the coaching staff is fluid I think thier is already a divid . we will see how their camp goes and how the first part of the season goes . I think gase might last 2 season and next jets hc will be Williams

  1. crosseyedlemon

    I think the Jets have one of the softer schedules for next season and the Dolphins have already waved the white flag so that will at least offer some optimism for Jet fans. Of course if the GM gets dumped then another reboot will likely occur.

    • itslonelyatthetrop

      They’re gonna give this GM/HC tandem at least 3 seasons. Barring a complete calamity next season.

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