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NY Jets players appear to take shots at offensive line coach

NY Jets OL Coach, Keith Carter, Mekhi Becton
Keith Carter, Mekhi Becton, New York Jets, Getty Images

Based on social media comments, some New York Jets offensive players are not fond of the team’s offensive line coach

Outside of Robert Saleh, New York Jets offensive line coach Keith Carter may not have many fans at One Jets Drive.

In an Instagram post from former NFL offensive lineman Taylor Lewan, the longtime Titans tackle called out Carter as one of the few coaches he disliked from his time in Tennessee.

Under Lewan’s post, offensive lineman Mekhi Becton commented that the statement criticizing Carter was “ain’t nothing BUT FACTS.” Becton has since deleted the comment, but it was captured by fans before it went down.

Additionally, star running back Breece Hall quote-tweeted a post about Carter from @NYJ_Matt with five laughing emojis.

https://twitter.com/BreeceH/status/1744949529227440514

In addition, former NFL fullback Patrick DiMarco, who played for Carter in Atlanta, replied to Lewan’s post by commenting that “Keith Carter was nobody’s favorite coach and I can say that with a lot of confidence.”

These comments do not bode well for a coach who has garnered a reputation for being disliked around the league. Carter was not well-received with the Titans and seems to be heading toward the same fate with the Jets.

Yet, it appears Carter will be returning in 2024, along with the rest of the team’s coaching staff. Despite a rash of injuries late in weeks and worse performances across the board, Saleh still suggested that the offensive line coach did a “really nice job” this past season.

More so than raising the alarms about a coach with a negative reputation, this story only casts more doubts about Saleh’s ability to self-scout.

Garrett Wilson has criticized the offense’s inability to adapt, which falls directly on Nathaniel Hackett. Multiple offensive players, including the unit’s best overall player from last season, have expressed dislike for the offensive line coach.

At some point, accountability is needed within the organization when issues keep popping up. Other successful organizations have fired coaches for much less, yet the Jets, who had one of the worst offenses in football, do not see the need to change anything.

There is still room for the team to change their mind, specifically with Carter. But as more time passes, it seems the Jets are content with the status quo.

Continuity can be beneficial, but in the Jets’s specific situation, continuity has the potential to breed dysfunction going forward.

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DFargas
DFargas
6 months ago

Accountability is a foreign concept throughout the Jets organization. Good luck with that.

mlesko73
mlesko73
6 months ago

Sure, there were injuries, but Carter was supposed to bring back the SF version of Laaken Tomlinson, he was supposed to fix the pre-snap penalties with his no-nonsense approach.
Fail, and fail.
Becton regressed (understanding the various issues).
Jets are among the worst third/fourth and short teams in the league.
And, in contrast to Stuart Smalley, people just don’t like him.

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