Over the last few weeks I found it a bit odd how little we had heard about Adam Gase’s coaching staff. The Jets had announced their coordinators, but their position coaches had not been named. Apparently the team was waiting for the full staff to be in place to make an announcement. Today the team announced its full staff.
Coach Gase's staff is complete.— New York Jets (@nyjets) February 8, 2019
The coaching staff:
Adam Gase - Head Coach
Dowell Loggains - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Gregg Williams - Defensive Coordinator
Brant Boyer - Special Teams Coach
Shawn Jefferson - Assistant Head Coach Offense/Wide Receivers Coach
Jim Bob Cooter - Running Backs Coach
John Dunn - Tight Ends Coach
Frank Pollack - Offensive Line Coach
Derek Frazier - Assistant Offensive Line Coach
Bo Hardegree - Offensive Assistant Coach
Frank Bush - Assistant Head Coach Defense/Inside Linebackers Coach
Andre Carter - Defensive Line Coach
Joe Vitt - Senior Defensive Assistant/Outside Linebackers Coach
Dennard Wilson - Defensive Backs Coach/Passing Game Coordinator
Steve Jackson - Assistant Defensive Backs Coach
Robby Brown - Defensive Assistant Coach
Blake Williams - Defensive Assistant Coach
Eric Sanders - Defensive Assistant Coach
Special Teams Assistant
Jeff Hammerschmidt - Assistant Special Teams Coach
Strength and Conditioning Assistants
Justus Galac - Strength and Conditioning Coach
Aaron McLaurin - Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Joseph Giacobbe - Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
- I’m pleased with the hiring of Jim Bob Cooter to the offensive coaching staff. I respect him as an offensive mind. While he nominally will coach the running backs, all coaches typically have responsibilities in the game plan process that go beyond the position they coach. I think having him in the room will be a plus. I’d prefer Cooter to be the offensive coordinator, and Dowell Loggains to coach the running backs, but I can’t control that. I’m just happy to have Cooter on board.
- Given the league-wide struggles to develop linemen, I wanted to see the Jets hire a veteran position coach on the offensive line. I got my wish with the well-regarded Frank Pollack. This hire won’t matter much unless the Jets bring in some young talent on the offensive line. But if they do, that talent will hopefully be in good hands.
- Eight coaches are holdovers from Todd Bowles’ staff, but they are mainly low level assistants and the strength and conditioning coaches. Brant Boyer and Dennard Wilson are the only holdovers from the position coach or coordinator ranks.
- I’m also happy Gase didn’t draw too heavily from an unsuccessful Miami coaching staff. Less than half of the coordinators and position coaches worked with him in Miami.
- There are family ties to this staff with Vitt being Gase’s father-in-law, and Blake Williams being Gregg Williams’ son. Both Vitt and the younger Williams have positive attributes, but I must admit I’m not a big fan of nepotism.