Report: Jets to hire Packers assistant Steve Marshall

Green Bay Packers assistant offensive line coach Steve Marshall will join the New York Jets’ coaching staff, according to ESPN (Caplan, Jan. 22).

Marshall worked as an assistant to offensive line coach James Campen in 2014, his first season with Green Bay. Before this season, Marshall was the offensive line coach for New Mexico State after working with Packers tackle David Bakhtiari during their time together at the University of Colorado in 2011-2012. Marshall has served as a line assistant with both the Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Green Bay routinely blocks interview requests, as they did earlier this week with Alex Van Pelt. So, it is unclear what capacity Marshall will work with the Jets. It would stand to reason that either Marshall was on a one-year contract which has expired, or he will get a promotion to the Jets offensive line coach which the Packers chose not to block.

Before the 2014 season, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said his team would have its best offensive line since he began as the team’s coach, a notion with which Aaron Rodgers agreed with on a recent weekly spot on ESPN Radio in Milwaukee. Marshall certainly would have helped coach the Packers line to their solid performance and Marhsall’s seminal work with David Bakhtiari should be taken into account.

I am currently unclear on Marshall’s line scheme, but from some research I get the notion he adheres to a zone-blocking scheme which should work well with the Jets current offensive line personnel.

Daily Links: Matters of chemistry

  • The relationship between coach and GM will be huge. [WFAN]
  • Why was Chan Gailey a priority for Bowles? [NewYorkJets]
  • Maccagnan seemed unaware of the rift between The Pope and Woody. [NYDN]
  • Bill claims he didn’t know. [AZ Republic]
  • Everyone is up in arms over the Patriots latest scandal. [AP]
  • Mangini gets a promotion. [NJ]
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Five things we learned about Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles

Here are five things we learned from Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles from their introductory press conference on Wednesday…

  • Bowles has the ability to coach all sides of the ball, but will let his coordinators make the play calls during games
  • The team will focus their team building through the draft
  • Maccagnan and Bowles will share roster decisions on the team, with the GM having final say over the roster and head coach deciding who will play
  • Bowles wants the Jets to play smart and physical football
  • Maccagnan will attend the Senior Bowl and begin making evaluations on the team starting Monday with Bowles

For full coverage: Listen to the full press conference | Woody Johnson’s opening statement | Todd Bowles 1-on-1 | Mike Maccagnan 1-on-1 | Jets have a “good foundation” of players, will build through draft | Mike Maccagnan realizing lifelong dream with Jets | Woody Johnson said Todd Bowles is a “natural leader” | Offensive and defensive coordinators will call plays

Cowher praises Gailey’s flexibility as offensive coordinator

gailey headshotThe Jets hired Chan Gailey as the team’s new offensive coordinator, replacing Marty Mornhinwheg. Gailey, 63, had been out of football the past two seasons after being fired as Buffalo’s coach after the 2012 season.

Gailey has previously served as the offensive coordinator under Dan Reeves in Denver, Bill Cowher in Pittsburgh, Dave Wannstedt in Miami and Herm Edwards in Kansas City.

In a telephone interview with The Associated Press last week, Cowher said Gailey would provide Bowles with an experienced former NFL head coach he can lean on and a versatile offensive mind who isn’t “married” to a system.

“What I like about Chan,” Cowher said, “is his ability to be flexible and get the players to understand and, at the same time, believe in what they’re doing.”

Gailey will be tasked with revamping a struggling offense — which might include Geno Smith. GM Mike Maccaggan and head coach Todd Bowles both dodged answering if Smith will be around in 2015.

“I am excited about working with Geno and getting to know him better,” the GM said. To read more of this story, click here

Transcript: Johnson, Maccagnan and Bowles press conference

Here’s everything that was said during the press conference to introduce GM Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles to the media on Wednesday…

Opening Statement…

WOODY JOHNSON: Thank you for all being here. As you know, we’ve gone through a long process. We’ve interviewed many, many, very well-qualified people for these two jobs, the general manager and the head coach of the New York Jets. Ron Wolf and Charley Casserly were invaluable in helping me go through the process, the football questions, their analysis of the players and their insight, and their help and all the contacts they had in the league were invaluable to me in making this decision. So, I really appreciate their efforts and thank them.

Well, today we have two New Jersey guys in front of you. Unbelievable. We didn’t necessarily go for that, although I’m a little bit biased towards New Jersey and New York (joking). Mike Maccagnan, it’ll take you a while to learn how to say that, you have to have the right accent on the right syllable. We interviewed a lot of general managers. I think Mike has the experience, 20 years as a college evaluator, a professional evaluator. We were very impressed with his intelligence, his differentiation of players and the detailed way he goes about that process. He’s looking for the correct analysis of each player because you have to stack the board. Researching a player is both, you look at the numbers and you look at the intangibles. We felt that Mike had both of those skills well-honed and is ready to make the jump to this position. Todd Bowles was a player, he was a safety for eight years. He’s a natural leader. The thing that really impressed me about Todd when I met him was his intelligence and his ability to articulate his game plan, putting people in the right positions and not just going with one set formula. And also his ability to be above just a defensive coordinator and really be above that and be able to take a 30,000-foot look at offense, defense, special teams and all those areas and how they interact to produce a winning team. I think he’s going to relate to players very well and I think he’s going to relate to the public very well, too. So, let me just start out by giving the mic to Mike Maccagnan. To read more of this story, click here

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Johnson: Bowles is a ‘natural leader’

Jets owner Woody Johnson praised new head coach Todd Bowles’ intelligence and called him a “natural leader” during his introductory press conference.

New GM Mike Maccagnan said that he is “thoroughly convinced” that Bowles will be a “great NFL coach.”

“It’s a dream of a lifetime for me,” Bowles said.

As for how his team will play, Bowles said they’re going to be tough.

“We’re going to be a tough team. We’re going to be an intelligent team,” Bowles said. “We’re going to do things the right way.”

Johnson noted that Bowles has the ability to coach offense, defense and special teams, a possible dig at former head coach Rex Ryan.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

He is not filled with the bravado that Rex Ryan is and won’t likely make great soundbites, but that’s not why the Jets hired him.  As we said during the interview process.  While somewhat quiet, Bowles is genial, kind and is someone who people seem to gravitate towards.
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Jets have a ‘good foundation’ of players, will build through draft

The Jets have a “good foundation” of players, according to new GM Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles.

Both said that they will have to discuss the roster in detail before making any moves.

“Todd and I really have to sit down and review the roster ourselves,” Maccagnan said. “I do think there’s a good foundation in place.”

Neither spoke in depth about the future of Geno Smith with the Jets, with Maccagnan calling him a “great college quarterback.”

“I am excited about working with Geno and getting to know him better,” the GM said.

Maccagnan said he doesn’t want to get too far ahead of themselves with Smith and the rest of the roster, but wants to build the team through the draft.

“We will look at all avenues to acquire players,” Maccagnan said. “I do believe, philosophically, you have to build through the draft.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

It might be a trite answer, but it is how the best and most sustainable teams maintain playoff contention year after year once they settle the QB spot.  It’s a matter of economics.  Rookie contracts are extremely affordable and the team has financial control of most players for four or five years of their career.  Paying one’s talented and youngest players relatively cheap wages allows the team to re-sign their best “hits” through the draft or system fits from other organizations that make it to free agency to bolster their own team.

No one way guarantees results and it would seem that the new GM understands that blending strategies is the best approach.