Darryl Slater caught up with Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers this week. Among the things they discussed were the way the defensive fronts would look.
"We're just going to wait until we get everybody in and kind of see," Rodgers said. "We've got a lot of pieces over there. ... Coaching gets overrated sometimes. You better have some pretty good players. They [the Jets' front office] has done a really good job of trying to increase our talent on our side of ball, no question."
He then had this to say about Lorenzo Mauldin.
"Right now, going without being in pads, until we really know what they can do, we'll just stick him out there at both spots, and it'll sort itself out," Rodgers said.
I might be reading too much into this, but I like the idea that the coaching staff isn't going into training camp dead set on using players a certain way or distributing playing time to certain players. They are going to see what looks best.
This is one of the exciting parts of having a new coaching staff. They do not come in with preconceived notions or loyalties. Everybody starts with a blank slate. This has impacts in other areas. Some players who the previous coaching staff might have overlooked have a fresh start. Jerricho Cotchery was finally able to make a splash for the Jets once Eric Mangini came to town after being generally overlooked by Herman Edwards.