Jets defensive coordinator sees similarities in Bowles and Parcells

bowles head coachNew Jets head coach, Todd Bowles, and defensive coordinator, Kacy Rodgers, first worked together in 2005 under Bill Parcells with the Dallas Cowboys. They went on to spend seven years working under the Hall of Fame head coach. Now that Bowles has taken over the reigns of his own team, Rodgers sees similarities between the two (Slater, May 15).

“Bill was very detailed oriented, knows what he wants, knows how to evaluate, really knew what he wanted in a player, knew how he wanted the players coached,” Rodgers said in an interview with NJ Advance Media. “Todd is very similar in a lot of ways. Bill was definitely on point. Todd is on point. They both know what they’re looking for, both know what a player should look like, both know how they want the program run. I see a lot of similarities.”

When Rodgers was asked about the influence Parcells had on his career he spoke highly of his former boss.

“He was the greatest,” Rodgers said. “Looking back at people that affect your coaching career, no question, I wouldn’t be sitting here today, really, if it wasn’t for him.”

Parcells praised Bowles after the Jets announced his hiring. The former mentor thinks the rookie head coach will do well.

“I have a high regard for Todd Bowles,” Parcells said. “I also worked with him in three different places—the Jets, Cowboys, and Dolphins—and I think he’s a highly intelligent guy. I think he’ll do well.”



SNY Exclusive: Mike Maccagnan

SNY’s Jeane Coakley talks to Jets GM Mike Maccagnan about the team’s draft picks, rookie camp and his expectations heading into the 2015 NFL season.


BGA: Scouting Devin Smith

BentBent, As regular TJB readers will know, we don’t usually cover rookies in Bent’s Game Analysis. However, we’ve been looking at this year’s draft class in great detail so, this year, we’re going to provide in-depth scouting reports covering each of the Jets draft picks, as well as any undrafted free agent signings.

We began earlier this week with a look at the Jets’ first round pick, defensive lineman Leonard Williams, but today we’re moving on to take a look at the Jets’ second pick, wide receiver Devin Smith.

Smith, who is listed at 6’0″ and 196 pounds, is 23 years old and won a National Championship with the Ohio State Buckeyes last season. In four seasons, Smith played in 54 games, catching 121 passes for over 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns. He was an all-Big 10 honorable mention last year as he recorded career-highs in receiving yards (931) and touchdowns (12). He also led the country in yards per catch (28.2).

After the jump, I’ll be sharing my observations from viewing footage of Smith in action over the last few seasons in order to assess some of his strengths and weaknesses…

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Jets fans pay for 12 “Tom Shady” billboards

A group of Jets fans have purchased 12 billboards across New Jersey that make light of the recently suspended Tom Brady (Walder, May 13).

The billboards make reference to Brady as “#TomShady” with the famous “J-E-T-S Jets! Jets! Jets!” chant below.

“Jets fans are very opinionated,” said Carly Zipp, the communications director for Outfront Media who own the electronic billboards. “Because billboards are something that is seen by everyone, they knew the power of message and they wanted to it get it out.”

The 12 billboards can be found:

  1. I-95 (NJ Turnpike) near exit 15E in Newark
  2. I-95 (NJ Turnpike) near exit 16 in Newark
  3. I-95 (NJ Turnpike) south of exit 13A in Newark
  4. Lincoln Tunnel Helix at the toll plaza
  5. I-78 in Newark at exit 56
  6. I-78 in Newark at Toll Plaza at Route 1
  7. I-78 in Newark at Toll Plaza at Route 9
  8. Route 9 in Old Bridge, just north of Route 516
  9. I-80 at Garden State Parkway
  10. Garden State Parkway at Driscoll Bridge Toll Plaza (both sides)
  11. SR-72 near Route 9 in Manahawkin
  12. Route 35 at Shark River Bridge in Avon by the Sea.


Wife of Jets owner tweets smiley face regarding Brady suspension

Suzanne Johnson, who is the wife of Jets owner Woody Johnson, was all smiles when the news of Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was announced last night (Price, May 11).

Johnson tweeted a link of the Brady suspension story from along with a smiley face emoji to the Patriots official twitter handle.

The tweet was deleted shortly after being posted and the Jets refrained from commenting on the matter.