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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,

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.
NFL: New York Jets at Miami Dolphins

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,

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.


Maccagnan realizing his life’s dream with Jets

Being named the general manager of the Jets is a lifelong dream now realized for Mike Maccagnan.

“This is my life’s passion, my dream,” Maccagan said. “To have this opportunity 50 miles from where I grew up is truly a dream come true.”

Maccagnan thanked his family, especially his mother, who he said typed up scouting reports when he started with the Redskins because he was not a good typist.

The new GM said that he will take “every avenue” available to acquire players for head coach Todd Bowles and his team.

“He’s a great personnel guy, a great evaluator of talent. We hit it right off,” Bowles said of Maccagnan. “Going forward, it’s going to be a dream working with this guy.”

Brian Bassett,

The two seemed to have crossed paths in numerous occasions, but were not necessarily friends prior to their working together.  The team seems to be off to a good start with their hires and they seem to be evincing the positive but guarded attitude that this team needs as it rebuilds from the ground up.

Listen to the Johnson, Maccagnan and Bowles press conference…

NFL: Detroit Lions at New York Jets

Ex-Jets QB coach Lee: Geno ‘killed us’

Former Jets quarterback coach David Lee believes Geno Smith has talent. But Lee, who followed former Jets coach Rex Ryan to Buffalo, was very frank when discussing Smith during an interview on the Bills website Tuesday (Bills, Jan. 21).

“Rex and I talked about it, [Smith] had some inconsistency and the up and down part is what killed us,” Lee said about Smith during an interview on the site’s John Murphy Show from Mobile, Ala., home of this week’s Senior Bowl. “He would get loose with the football. We played good enough defense to win over there both years, but his play, it’ll cost you, and it cost us.

“But he also did some great things. The last five games this season he was the seventh-rated passer in the league. He had a perfect passer rating in his last game at Miami. The potential and ability is there.”

Lee is in his second tour as the Bills QB coach. In 2012, he worked under former Bills coach Chan Gailey, the Jets new offensive coordinator. Buffalo also has a struggling young QB, 2013 first-round draft pick EJ Manuel. Smith was the next QB taken in that draft, by the Jets in the second round.

Report: Lynn joining Rex in Buffalo

Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn will be joining Rex Ryan’s staff in Buffalo (Jones, Jan. 21)

Lynn, who also held the title of assistant head coach with the Jets, will have the same titles in Buffalo (Cimini, Jan. 21).

Lynn would be the 10th member of Ryan’s Jets staff to follow him to Buffalo (, Jan. 17). Lynn had interviewed for offensive coordinator jobs with Jacksonville and Cleveland in the past week.

SNY 1-on-1: Bowles says his team will be tough, smart and physical

New Jets head coach Todd Bowles said he plans on changing the culture of the team by being upbeat and positive every day.

Bowles said that he wants his football teams to be tough, smart and physical.

“We have to be very good at winning situational football,” he said.

SNY’s Jeane Coakley sat down with new Jets head coach to discuss growing up in New Jersey and challenges facing the team…

Bowles said he wants to “put his imprint” on his new team, to change the culture of the players and the attitude of the team.

“We’re going to sit down and look at the film and evaluate the guys we need to evaluate,” he told SNY’s Coakley. “We’re going to upgrade our talent all the way around.”