Of course, most pundits predict that the Jets will reside somewhere in the lower half of the NFL this season and won’t even compete for a title in their own division.
Nonetheless, in the world of COVID-19 which has changed the way NFL teams (and the rest of us) live our lives, the Jets may have an advantage over other teams who may have more squads. talented.
Because of the continuity.
Continuity can be king in the age of coronaviruses that wiped out off-season minicamps, drastically limited training camp training time, and eliminated preseason games entirely.
Teams with new head coaches, new coordinators or new quarterbacks can be at a distinct disadvantage with so little time to work with each other and the regular season is looming in just a month.
The Jets not only fired head coach Adam Gase for his second season, but he kept all of his coordinators and has quarterback Sam Darnold for a second year in the system.
This can, and should, at least provide the Jets with a competitive advantage over other teams entering this season with much higher turnover, starting in their own division – with the Patriots facing life without Tom Brady for the first time in 20 years. and the Dolphins could integrate rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa into the lineup.
Can continuity give the Jets an edge over some of their AFC East competitors?
“It’s a really good message, and I explained it: If we’re good we’re supposed to be able to take advantage of it,” said defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. “It’s our responsibility. Plus, the angst other people may feel about some of these new staffs comes from never having done it before in this position.
If we are good at what we do, if we are supposed to belong to this level, we should be able to adapt and improvise. ”
On Friday, Gase referred to the fact that he had already noticed how much more tuned Darnold was to the system, depending on when Gase starts calling a play in practice his quarterback is already coming back to clicks it because he knows the game and doesn’t. need to hear all the dialogue from the coach.
“The coordinators have a good idea of me, the communication is there, we’ve been through a year, we’ve made some changes from maybe the way I did something in Miami compared to last year to this year, which we talked about, ” Gase said. “So it’s just another year that we’re all on the same page, and I think there’s some value that the majority of our staff have returned.
“We had a few [players] getting opportunities elsewhere and we’ve added a few guys who’ve been in Gregg’s system before, which helps us a lot as there is a continuity in the coaching staff. ”
On the other side of the ball, it’s an offense that’s Robby Anderson-thin at the receiver, Anderson having left via free agency, and one of his newly acquired replacements, Josh Doctson, having chosen not to participate. Add to that second-round rookie pick Denzel Mims already on the board with a hamstring injury even before practice begins and there are concerns about the receiver’s position.
So everything is far from perfect for the Jets. When is everything perfect for them? But common sense would tell you that continuity should at least give them an edge over teams that don’t have it.
“The continuity and the system tell me the Jets should be better,” Damien Woody, former Jets offensive lineman and current ESPN studio analyst, told The Post last week. “The only thing about the Jets this year is that they have retained all of their coordinators and there is no new system that people have to learn.
“In a different offseason than anything we’ve seen, the Jets are actually in a pretty good position because they haven’t changed any system – offensive, defensive or special teams. They seem to change coordinators and coaches every year. So that’s an advantage for the Jets. This is what gives me a little optimism. ”
How long does the optimism last, of course, is another story for another day.