New York Jets should hear less from Zach Wilson – New York Jets blog

FLORHAM PARK N.J. — An overview of what's happening around FLORHAM PARK New York Jets:

1. It's four in a crowd Same quarterbacks, different quarterback room.

The Jets will be returning to a traditional coaching structure after last season's strange dynamic. Zach Wilson. His position coach (Rob Calabrese), and his coordinator Mike LaFleur are his only ears. Matt Cavanaugh, Wilson's senior assistant, and John Beck (Wilson's personal coach) are gone.

The four-man structure is not going to be criticized by anyone because they don’t want any hurt feelings. However, it's clear that many holdovers prefer the current arrangement.

“I really like the way the communication has been because it’s been more direct,” said coach Robert Saleh, adding that “there’s a lot more conviction in what’s being coached.”

LaFleur said, “It’s been good to have just the two voices.”

Calabrese stated, “Moving forward. [there will be] One message, one message. Mike LaFleur directs all communications. We make sure that everyone is on the same page.

It was crowded last year, due to tragedy (the loss of assistant Greg Knapp), unusual circumstances(rookie coordinator and rookie QB Coach) and sheer desperation. Knapp was killed in an accident while bicycling last July and the Jets hired Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh did not have any previous experience with Saleh and LaFleur but his vast experience was appealing. Because Wilson was struggling to get off to a good start, the Jets brought in Beck as a backup quarterback.

Beck stated that it was beneficial to Beck to have someone there to talk to, and was always available to him. Beck said that Beck could freely share his opinions and give an honest feeling about his feelings as he went through certain situations. He didn't have to feel like it was somebody who would pass judgment or somebody would be critical because they’re comparing him to other quarterbacks in that situation.”

One outside observer, former Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason, wasn’t a fan of the four-headed coach.

“I don’t know Zach Wilson at all, so it’s hard for me to say what would’ve made him comfortable last year, but I do know this: When you have too many people talking to you, it tends to be a little much,” Esiason told ESPN. “I’m glad they dialed this whole thing back. Let his coach handle him and let his offensive coordinator call the plays.”

Wilson showed some improvement towards the end of the season so “LaCalcaveck' did some good things. This is a better set-up for all, including Wilson, whose success depends on his ability to connect with Calabrese and LaFleur.

2. Making his mark: Saleh has been streamlining and is placing a lot faith in Calabrese who he believes has potential to be a coordinator. Saleh was close to losing the 32-year old coach in February. Calabrese was nominated for the University of Kentucky's coordinator job. Rich Scangarello was Calabrese’s mentor.

Calabrese stated that he was happy with the outcome because he wants “to leave my footprint” on his beloved Jets team, which he loved as a child on Long Island. Esiason was his mother and he grew up in East Islip.

Calabrese laughed, explaining his love for Boomer's hometown.

Calabrese, a former Central Florida quarterback, also didn't want abandon Wilson in Year 2, because “I see the potential he has.”

Esiason, who has followed Calabrese’s career closely, believes the fast-rising coach will be good for Wilson, saying, “When Rob was a football player, he was one tough SOB. I just hope Zach Wilson gets that part of him and he becomes that himself, because that’s how Rob was. He was an all-in guy.”

3. Here comes Mekhi Minicamp runs Tuesday through Wednesday. Minicamp is mandatory and not an option for OTA practice. Saleh expects that every player attends minicamp, including tackle. Mekhi BectonThe nine-weeks of voluntary work were not completed by, The Monday pre-camp physical is the first time the organization has seen him in person since the end the season. He is not expected to practice.

4. A harbinger? Thursday's practice saw the arrival of the Stanley Cup, an official guest from the NHL Eastern Conference finals. This prompted a thought.

The New York Rangers won the Cup for the first time in 1994. It ended a 53-season drought. Current Super Bowl drought for the Jets is… 53 seasons.

5. Farewell, Fitz: Ryan Fitzpatrick, the new quarterback, calls his last season (2016) with Jets the lowest point in his professional career. But it wasn't all bad. He can leave knowing that the Jets' only top-10 offense was ranked at 10th in 2015 with 5,925 total yards. This is a 23-year streak. It was their last win season (10-6).

6. The slot is open for battle Jamison CrowderHis departure in free agency was not widely reported because everyone assumed he was dead. However, let's not forget that in the three preceding seasons, he was the most successful receiver. He excelled at the slot position. Who will take over this job?

Saleh stated, “Working through it.”

Based on the number pass routes that were run, Crowder (285) was the 2021 leader in this slot. Braxton Berrios (176), Elijah Moore (85) Corey Davis (68), according to ESPN Stats & Information. Based on receptions, these are the leaders: Crowder (41), Berrios (44) Moore (11) & Davis (6).

Berrios, who signed a $12million, two-year contract this offseason, seems to be the heir obvious. But it sounds like it will likely be a committee approach. Saleh said that he likes the idea to rotate players because it makes offense less predictable. This is what you'd expect from a coach after losing his most valuable receiver. They do have options with Berrios and Moore, but they are fair to Moore and rookie. Garrett WilsonHe was the Ohio State player.

My prediction: Berrios' reliability as a route runner is a strong candidate to get a boost in playing time.

“I was called on quite a bit in the last five or sixth games of the year,” said he. “My job was to execute, and I think that I did it at high levels — and a consistent high level. Consistency is something I am proud of.

7. Loyal to Jets Defensive tackle is hard to believe. Nathan Shepherd The longest-tenured draft pick is Class of '18. While he's not a superstar, he's respected for his dedication and work ethic.

Shepherd was offered a free agency, but he declined a better offer to come back to the Jets with a one-year contract worth $1.1 million. He could have earned an additional $150,000 somewhere else. We're not speaking of a salary increase. Aaron Donald Money is important, but it's also all relative. The organization was delighted by his decision.

With Folorunso Fatukasi Shepherd, now the Jets' largest defensive lineman (315 lbs), could be a prominent role in a first- or second-down run defender. He's starting to get some first-team reps.

8. Good job, kid: Garrett Wilson's impression has been quite a positive one on Davis. Davis said about the first-round selection, “Dude, you are special.” Dude is very unique. He has crazy routes and crazy hands, but he is always focused. His separation is amazing. “I'm so glad that we had him.”

9. Money is everything According to Over the Cap the Jets have $10 million of cap space, which means that they are still available for business as training camp approaches. They still need help with offensive tackle, linebacker, defensive tackle.

10. Last word: “I believe this team can change the culture over the next ten years. Many of the guys on this team and many of the coaches who are now coaching this team haven't heard much about the Jets since they were alive. We now have the narrative. Now, we have the opportunity, the ability, etc. to change that mindset. — linebacker C.J. Mosley

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