New York Jets: Sorting out the Jets' 2013 Coaching Staff
When the New York Jets take the field in 2013, they will have a decidedly different look than the 2012 product.
In addition to a likely roster turnover and change in offensive philosophy, the Jets will feature almost an entirely new coaching staff.
The high-profile changes like Tony Sparano's firing and Mike Westhoff's retirement were well-publicized, but there were plenty of changes right on down the line.
There's an old saying that you can't tell the players without a scorecard, and that rings true for anyone who wants to know who the on-field brain trust will be in 2013.
For those interested, here's your scorecard:
Rex Ryan: Head Coach
2012 Position: Jets Head Coach
Background: Ryan returns for his fifth year after his first losing season as the team's head coach in 2012. Ryan (34-30) and Bill Parcells are the only Jets head coaches who have coached more than one season and have a winning record. He also has twice as many playoff wins as any other Jets head coach in their history.
Marty Mornhinweg: Offensive Coordinator
2012 Position: Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Coordinator
Background: Mornhinweg had been the Eagles offensive coordinator since 2006 and typically was able to orchestrate top-10 offenses throughout his tenure. Mornhinweg will oversee a shift to the West Coast offense and loves to utilize four wide receiver sets and running backs who are active receivers. His offense should be the polar opposite of what Sparano ran in 2012.
Dennis Thurman: Defensive Coordinator
2012 Position: Jets Defensive Backs Coach
Background: Thurman was promoted to defensive coordinator when Mike Pettine was allowed to pursue outside options under a cloud of speculation that Pettine was a serious media leak within the organization.
Thurman had been the Jets defensive backs coach since 2008 and coached on the same staff as Ryan with the Ravens from 2002-2008.
While Ryan remains the de facto defensive coordinator, Thurman is highly respected among players and is a perfect candidate to manage the defense with Ryan.
Ben Kotwica: Special Teams Coordinator
2012 Position: Jets Assistant Special Teams Coordinator
Background: Kotwica has been groomed for this job for the past two seasons and will be more than ready to make improvements on a surprisingly weak unit.
Before his coaching career, Kotwica was a three-year starter at linebacker for Army and captained Army's best team in 1996 when they were 10-2.
Louie Aguiar: Assistant Special Teams Coordinator
2012 Position: Director of the Aguiar Kicking Academy
Background: The former Jets punter gets his start in the NFL coaching ranks in what could be a very good under-the-radar hire by the organization. Aguiar will work closely with Robert Malone, who was a pleasant surprise last season as the team's punter.
Aguiar has worked with the Jets in the past as a specialized individual instructor in the past.
David Lee: Quarterbacks Coach
2012 Position: Buffalo Bills Quarterback Coach
Background: Lee has over 30 years of experience coaching at both the professional and collegiate levels. He is best recognized for being the true architect behind the Wildcat offense run by Tony Sparano in Miami.
Before his coaching career, Lee was a successful quarterback at Vanderbilt University from 1971-1975.
Mike Devlin: Offensive Line Coach
2012 Position: Jets Tight Ends Coach/Assistant Offensive Line Coach
Background: Devlin has been with the Jets since 2006 and takes over as offensive line coach for the departed Dave DeGuglielmo. Another respected assistant who takes another step up the ladder in the organization, Devlin will be more at home coaching the line.
Devlin played center and guard for the Bills and Cardinals during a seven-year NFL career.
Karl Dunbar: Defensive Line Coach
2012 Position: Jets Defensive Line Coach
Background: Dunbar returns for his second season as the team's defensive line coach. Along with Ryan, Dunbar shares credit for helping develop Muhammad Wilkerson as one of the best young lineman in the NFL and was essential in the growth of Quinton Coples.
Steve Hagen: Tight Ends Coach
2012 Position: Cleveland Browns Tight Ends Coach
Background: Hagen comes to the Jets after serving as the Browns tight ends coach since 2009. Hagen has over 25 years coaching experience, all of which came in the college ranks besides two four-year stints with the Browns.
Hagen was the offensive coordinator for Nevada, UCLA, Cal and San Jose State and even spent one year as the quarterbacks coach of the Browns.
Sanjay Lal: Wide Receivers Coach
2012 Position: Jets Wide Receivers Coach
Background: Lal is one of the few coaches who will return to the Jets in 2013 in the same capacity that he had last season.
The wide receiver position was perhaps the worst unit on the Jets last season, but Lal rightfully did not absorb a lot of the blame for that. The position was thin to start with and suffered from severe mismanagement by the front office.
Lal's two main projects will be to develop Stephen Hill into a legitimate NFL wide receiver and help implement Mornhinweg's new system in his position.
Anthony Lynn: Running Backs Coach
2012 Position: Jets Running Backs Coach
Background: As with Lal, Lynn will be a familiar face around the Jets but will have a ton of new responsibilities with his team. Mornhinweg involves running backs in the passing game more than Sparano or Brian Schottenheimer ever did, so it will be up to Lynn to make that adjustment in his coaching as well.
Another popular and respected assistant, Lynn will be in his fifth season with the Jets and has been a running backs coach in the NFL since 2003.
Tim McDonald: Defensive Backs Coach
2012 Position: Fresno State Defensive Backs Coach
Background: Although this is McDonald's first NFL job, the six-time All-Pro and former Super Bowl champion will carry a ton of credibility into the job.
The former Cardinal and 49ers star was one of the best safeties in the NFL throughout the 1990s. He coached sporadically on the high school level before moving on to Fresno State in 2012.
Ron Heller: Assistant Offensive Line Coach
2012 Position: Omaha Nightwaks (UFL) Offensive Line Coach
Background: The Jets reached into the ranks of the defunct United Football League to hire Heller as their offensive line assistant. A 12-year NFL veteran tackle, the New York native previously spent one season in the NFL as an assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Brian Smith: Assistant Defensive Backs Coach
2012 Position: Jets Defensive Assistant
Background: Smith was promoted to assistant defensive backs coach after working his way up the system over the past five seasons. Before his NFL coaching career, Smith was an assistant at UMass, where he was a First Team All-Atlantic 10 defensive back.
Smith found himself briefly in the news in 2010 when he was burned in a pyrotechnics mishap during a Jets game.
Jeff Weeks: Assistant Defensive Line/Linebackers
Background: Weeks returns to the Jets after a one-year hiatus. He had previously been an assistant on the defense in three different capacities from 2009-2011.
Weeks, one of Ryan's best friends from childhood, has coaching roots with Ryan dating back to 1990 when they were both at Moorehead State.
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