The Jets have hired Rex Hogan as their new senior director of college scouting, the team announced on Thursday.
New GM Mike Maccagnan recently fired Terry Bradway (senior director of college scouting) and Jeff Bauer (director of college scouting).
Hogan had been a national scout for Chicago since 2012. Before that, he was a college scout for the Bears since 2003. He got his start as University of Utah’s director of football operations, with a brief stint in 2003. From 2000-03, he worked in recruiting and operations for Notre Dame.
Maccagnan served as the Houston Texans director of college scouting before becoming the Jets GM.
Antonio Cromartie will become a free agent in March, and as he returns home after a year with the Cardinals, he said he’s open to a reunion with the Jets (Post, Jan 28).
“My door is always open to returning,” Cromartie said Wednesday. “Everybody knows I didn’t want to leave. I’m going to keep my door open and see what happens.”
Cromartie played for new Jets head coach Todd Bowles last season in Arizona, so he could be helpful in teaching Bowles defense to the Jets.
“It’s fun, to be honest with you,” Cromartie said of Bowles’ defense. “He’s a big-time guy that has a true open-door policy. If you don’t like something that’s going into the defense, you can always go talk to him and he will throw it out. He’s all about his guys … playing fast and understanding that the simple is easy. That’s really what it’s all about for him.”
While there are some differences, Cromartie said it won’t be a touch transition from Rex Ryan’s defense to Bowles’.
“[They are] very similar,” said Cromartie. “I think he blitzes more than Rex. I think this year we blitzed maybe 54, 55 percent of the time. He’s a guy that’s going to make sure he’s always adding pressure to make sure to get the quarterback out of the pocket or make sure the quarterback is making errant throws. The defenses are very similar. For me, it was very simple. It was basically the same calls. To me, it’s the same defense — fire zones, man-to-man coverage, a lot of zero coverage and mixing in other coverages. The guys there should be very excited about it.”
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Just days before his first Super Bowl appearance, Darrelle Revis is trying to keep is cordial when pressed with Jets questions at media day (Newsday, Jan. 27).
“It’s not really my fault. I didn’t make the call,” Revis said when asked if he feels “sorry” for Jets fans who have to watch him in the Super Bowl.
“Management made the call at that time and they felt it was best to get rid of me. So that’s the situation. That’s how I look at it.”
But ultimately, Revis, now with the New England Patriots about to make his first Super Bowl appearance after eight years in the league, two failed Super Bowl runs with the Jets and ACL surgery, isn’t missing his old squad at all.
“Actually,” Revis said when pressed harder about his former team, “I don’t miss the Jets.”
And who could blame him?
“We have one more game left as a team to accomplish our ultimate goal,” said Revis, “Which is holding the Lombardi Trophy up.”
Seahawks general manager John Schneider feels bad for former Jets GM John Idzik, who left the Seattle organization in 2013 to become the new Jets GM (Newsday, Jan. 27).
“It’s just my personal opinion that you should be able to hire a head coach,” Schneider said. “And if you’re going into a situation like that, try to make it work with the coach that’s there, and then if it doesn’t, be able to hire your own coach and see where it goes.”
Schneider, who had found himself in a similar situation to Idzik before, has tried to give his best advice.
“I’ve been in that situation before,” Schneider said. “I was let go in Washington in a year, so we always kind of just joked about that situation. It’s an entertainment industry, so you go into it knowing it’s tough, especially in New York City. So we just talked about staying positive and what his next step’s going to be.”
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The Jets have hired Kevin Patullo as the team’s QB coach, Steve Marshall as the offensive line coach and Marcel Shipp as the running backs coach.
Patullo recently served as the Titans assistant wide receivers coach. Patullo worked under Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey in Buffalo.
Marshall worked with the Texans from 2002-05, and was most recently the Packers offensive line coach last season.
Shipp was an intern on Todd Bowles’ Cardinals staff in 2013 and was the running backs coach at UMass last year.