Because the Jets wrapped up their minicamp final week with all gamers in attendance, head coach Robert Saleh did his end-of-camp Q&A with the media and lined a wide range of subjects with regard to Gang Inexperienced. Maybe most fascinating was what Saleh needed to say about his workforce’s lack of expertise on the cornerback place the place there’s basically none.
With no confirmed veterans to lean on, Saleh seemed like most head coaches when he stated he’d wish to get a have a look at his youthful gamers, however as he started to elaborate, it sounded much less and fewer like a canned reply and more and more like one thing Saleh really believes. Having labored underneath Pete Carroll with he Seahawks, Saleh quoted the Tremendous Bowl profitable head coach relating to younger gamers in saying “Pete Carroll used to say you may’t be afraid to play younger guys. They’re hell on wheels and so they’re enjoyable to observe. There can be ups and downs. Trials and tribulations. You may’t be afraid as a result of there’s gentle on the finish of the tunnel.”
That’s a step or two additional than most coaches would supply rather than the standard “we’re excited in regards to the guys on our roster” that comes straight off the color-coded head coach wrist band. It additionally reveals the super confidence Saleh has in himself and his workers.
Regardless of veterans Richard Sherman and Steve Nelson sitting on the open market, it appears to be like an increasing number of possible that Saleh and the Jets will go to battle with a gaggle of corners who’ve began a complete of 33 NFL video games amongst them. That is about as younger and inexperienced a gaggle of gamers you’ll ever see, and Saleh’s confidence in his teaching workers needs to be off-the-charts.
“I’ve stated it earlier than, I feel, the distinction between participant A and participant Z in all the league, I’m not speaking about superstars, I’m not speaking in regards to the Aaron Donald’s of the world, they’re distinctive, however the distinction between participant A and participant Z is minimal and the one factor that retains participant Z from turning into participant A is a chance and reps. Let’s see what occurs. Does it at all times occur? It doesn’t, however except you’re keen to be daring sufficient to teach your tail off and to take a position as a lot as you may into these younger males and provides them the chance to be seen, give them the chance to get reps, and provides them the chance to get higher, you’ll by no means know what you may discover. So, that’s simply the idea and the philosophy of not solely our teaching workers however all the group and that’s one thing we’re dedicated to.”
If the Jets don’t make any strikes, which can really be the case, it’s a daring determination for greater than only one cause. The plain being the dearth of expertise on the place for the protection to work with. What makes it much more shocking is the truth that whereas loads of followers and pundits are speaking a few 5 or six-win season, that hasn’t been the strategy we’ve seen from Joe Douglas this low season.
Quite than take a “gradual and regular” strategy to constructing the roster, Douglas went all in with Zach Wilson at choose 2 after which traded as much as solidify the offensive line with guard Alijah Vera-Tucker. From there, he added broad receiver Elijah Moore who has drawn a number of comparisons to Antonio Brown earlier than drafting working again Michael Carter. Douglas has put in place a assist system round Wilson that ought to enable for fulfillment early on.
Previous to the draft it was a pair of broad receivers in free company, bringing in Corey Davis and Keelan Cole who has impressed early. Dan Feeney was introduced in to compete alongside the offensive line and the workforce is inching nearer to a cope with proper sort out Morgan Moses. None of this means the Jets are going to be pleased with displaying up and retaining video games shut. Joe Douglas is making an attempt to win soccer video games proper now and if his head coach can try this with out including any veteran corners, the Jets future can be brighter than any Jets fan had anticipated.
On the flip facet, if a porous secondary prevents Gang Inexperienced from competing and profitable soccer video games, Saleh might remorse working with the youngsters.