N.Y. Jets coaching hires

N.Y. Jets head coach Todd Bowles is rounding out his 2017 coaching staff with the new hire’s this week.

OneJetDrive Podcast Crew takes a look into the coaching backgrounds and discusses the ramifications for the team.

One spot left to fill: Quarterback’s coach.

Will Kevin Mawae be added along the offensive line staff as he prepares for the pro football hall of fame.

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Jets New offensive coordinator: John Morton

The Jets plan to hire Saints wide receivers coach John Morton as their new offensive coordinator, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday.

John Morton, a 13-year NFL veteran who also coached at the collegiate level for five years, brings his expertise to tutor the Saints wideouts for a second season.

Morton rejoined the Saints in 2015, after serving as the club’s offensive assistant/passing game coach in 2006, when they advanced to the NFC Championship Game. His efforts with a youthful group that included Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman resulted in significant development for the trio. Cooks led the team in most major receiving categories, making 84 grabs for 1,138 yards and nine touchdowns, as he reached the 1,000 yard mark for the first time. Through Morton’s help, the undrafted Snead made his NFL playing debut and recorded 69 receptions for 984 yards (14.3 avg.) with three touchdowns. The 6-6, 225-pound Coleman made significant strides in his first full NFL season, finishing with 30 catches for 454 yards (15.1 avg.) with two scoring grabs.

Morton was a part of a staff as wide receivers coach in San Francisco from 2011-14 that helped lead the 49ers to three appearances in the NFC Championship and a berth in Super Bowl XLVII. During his 49ers tenure, Morton’s top pupils were Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree.

The wide receiver corps continued to make strides under Morton’s supervision in 2014. Boldin led the 49ers in receptions (83) and receiving yards (1,062) and became just the fourth player in club history to have multiple 1,000-yard seasons with the 49ers and the first player to do so in his first two campaigns with the team. Crabtree finished second on the team with 68 receptions.

In 2013, Boldin set the franchise record for most receiving yards in a season-opener in his first game with the team after recording 208 yards vs. Green Bay. Boldin went on to register his sixth-career 1,000 yard season, his first since 2009. It marked the first time since 2002-03 that the 49ers had a 1,000 yard receiver in consecutive seasons.

In 2012, Crabtree became the first 49ers wide receiver to surpass the 1,000-yard mark since 2003, notching career highs in receptions (85), receiving yards (1,105) and touchdowns (nine). Under Morton’s direction in 2011, Crabtree led the team with then career-highs in both receptions (72) and receiving yards (874), while adding four touchdowns.

Morton spent the previous four years at the University of Southern California as the school’s wide receivers coach. He also held the position of the Trojans passing game coordinator from 2007-08 and 2010, while serving as the school’s offensive coordinator in 2009. Under Morton’s tutelage, WR Damien Williams earned All-Pac-10 first-team honors and along with WR Patrick Turner, was a third round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Morton first worked under Jim Harbaugh at the University of San Diego as the passing game/wide receivers coach in 2005. That year, QB Josh Johnson set school records in completions (260), completion percentage (70.1) and passing yards (3,256), while WR Adam Hannula set a school record with 73 receptions.

From 1997-2004, Morton worked for the Oakland Raiders in several capacities. He began in the Raiders personnel department and then worked as an offensive assistant, coaching the wide receivers for two years (1998-99). Morton then became the offensive quality control coach in 2000 and again worked with the wide receivers until 2001. He was then elevated to senior offensive assistant/wide receivers coach in 2002, where he tutored a pair of Pro Football Hall of Fame wideouts – Jerry Rice, who earned Pro Bowl honors, and Tim Brown, on a team that earned a trip to the Super Bowl. Morton was later named the team’s tight ends coach in 2004.

Morton originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted rookie wideout in 1993, and spent part of the next two seasons on their practice squad. He also spent time with the Green Bay Packers in 1993 and was in training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995. Morton returned to training camp with the Raiders again in 1996. He played for the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts in 1995 and 1996, and later with the World League’s Frankfurt Galaxy in the spring of 1997.

Morton played at Western Michigan for two seasons (1991-92), where he left in 10th place on the school’s all-time receiving list (78 receptions) and eighth in receiving yards (1,278), earning All-Mid-American Conference honors as a senior in 1992. He later received a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Western Michigan in 1997. Morton came to Western Michigan after two years (1989-90) at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College, where he received his associate’s degree in 1990.

PLAYING CAREER: Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC, 1989-90; Western Michigan, 1991-92; Toronto Argonauts (CFL), 1995-96; Frankfurt Galaxy (World League), 1997.

COACHING CAREER: Oakland Raiders, 1998-04; University of San Diego, 2005; New Orleans Saints, 2006; Southern California, 2007-10; San Francisco 49ers, 2011-14; New Orleans Saints, 2015-.



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N.Y. Jets Quagmire what came first, the coach our the QB

The N.Y. Jets had yet to name a replacement for adv offensive coordinator who have noticed a year ago.

Head Coach Todd Bowles said he was the only one who knew Chan Gailey was leaving after his second year and yet Bowles has seemingly been unable to fill the position.

While being the Jets next offensive coordinator might not be the most attractive NFL position, the right coach/coordinator probably would have first right of refusal as the next head coach should owner Woody Johnson not extend Bowles contact beyond 2018.

Give a listen to this week’s OneJetDrive Podcast as we discuss the possibilities.

Former N.Y.Jets pro scout Daniel Kelly joins in with his assessment and thoughts on whom he would like to see get the opportunity.

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Will Darrelle Revis be Classy with N.Y. Jets

Revis who asked that the team year him with class, has the chance to show some himself. Will he play for $6 million after 2016 decline and help salary cap strapped team out?

The #Jets have a Quarterback on the roster, will Geno get another chance?

Winters resigned but Tran still needs Tackles – Draft our free agency -again.

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N.Y. Jets off-season moves for 2017

The N.Y. Jets haven’t made allot of off-season moves with 98 days remaining before the draft.

The Jets are notable missing Quarterback coaches and assistants. With two “rookie”quarterbacks on the roster could Geno Smith by the viable option here?

It’s Brandon Marshall over paid? He doesn’t seem to think so, but well he remain on the Jets roster for 2017?

Are the Jets rebuilding too late after an outrageous 2015 season? Was what John Idzik was doing the right path to be on and will Mike Maccagnan now have to restart that process?

We discuss this and more on the latest OneJetDrive Podcast.

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Jets re-sign Brian Winters

The Jets and guard 

Brian Winters re-signed a four year $29 million dollar contact with $15 million guaranteed.

Winters, made $4 million total since being drafted in Round 3 in 2013 by the Jets then General manager John Idzik.

Winters had become a starter on the Jets offensive.

He was out on Injured Reserve  Game 14 against Miami with a torn rotator cuff injury. 

He was the Jets’ third-round pick (72nd overall) of the 2013 draft out of Kent State.

Winters became the left guard starter in Game 5 of his rookie season. He started the first six games at LG in 2014 before suffering a season-ending ACL injury.

In 2015, Winters returned as a RG, replacing the injured Willie Colon and making 10 starts. Winters started 13 games this season and 41 for 51 overall.

Winters has graded well in blocking schemes with reports that his pass protection is something he needs to improve.

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N.Y. Jets: A Rebuild by any other name.

Todd Bowles, Mike Maccagnan and Woody Johnson are going to build via the draft.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before and color me skeptical if you haven’t.

The time to replenish the offensive line was three years ago and most certainly last years draft class held more possibilities than this class.

The Jets last drafted offensive linemen in the first or second rounds way back in 2006. Nick Mangold and Da’Brickashaw Ferguson did an admirable job for ten years but in 2015 GM Mike Maccagnan outsmarted himself by waiting until the last moment to talk to Ferguson and be had the last laugh. He retired.

That cost the Jets $10 million dollars as they picked up Ryan Clady. We saw how that worked out.

Now it’s time to follow John Idziks plan and cut the veterans with high dollar salary cap hits and follow Reggie McKenzie of the Raiders and build an offensive line that can sustain a quarterbacks health.

The cowboys did it, the Jets ignored it. Time to pay the piper or 2017/2018 won’t be any different.
The Jets have six picks, we discuss how they’ll get their seventh and possibly and eighth.

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