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Pair of coaches depart from NY Jets’ coaching staff

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Zach Wilson

The New York Jets’ coaching staff continues to undergo an overhaul

The turnover has continued on the New York Jets’ coaching staff.

In a pair of moves announced on Tuesday afternoon, the team lost two of their longest-tenured staffers to different teams around the league.

Quarterbacks coach Rob Calabrese, who has been with the team since head coach Robert Saleh was hired in 2021, accepted a job with the Los Angeles Rams as an offensive assistant, according to The Athletic’s Zach Rosenblatt.

The hiring reunites Calabrese with Mike LaFleur, who was the Jets’ offensive coordinator from 2021 to 2022.

Additionally, the Seattle Seahawks hired offensive assistant Mack Brown as their new tight ends coach, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Brown had been with the Jets for five years and served in multiple capacities before his departure.

These losses for the Jets are not exactly crushing or overly significant. Calabrese had not made a substantial mark with Zach Wilson’s development over the past three seasons. Brown did not hold much weight as a position coach or coordinator on the current iteration of the Jets’ staff.

However, their departures mean that there are two more voids between the team’s coaching staff and the front office. On top of the coaching staff vacancies, the top two front office positions under Joe Douglas still have not been filled.

With the NFL Combine and the start of the new league year arriving quickly, the Jets must fill their vacancies and prepare for a crucial offseason.

Even with their current regime still in place, New York has a unique opportunity to improve its overall operation. But considering the team’s situation and the period of the offseason, it may be difficult for New York to attract quality coaching or front-office candidates.

The departures have created a new wrinkle in the team’s offseason plans. Not only do they have to address the many needs on their roster, but also the various openings in their organization to attempt to build short and long-term success.

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4 months ago

So it matters, or it doesn’t matter. I’d say the latter & I don’t understand why you even wrote the article.

4 months ago

I never knew how Calabrese kept his job in the first place. Thankfully he’s moved on, and that’s not to say he’s a bad coach, honestly I have no idea. Let’s just say I saw nothing from his position players that make me think he’s a good coach.

The Jets NEVER replaced Greg Knapp. They need a professional coach, who’s got experience coaching QB’s and/or was a QB. Aaron Rogers can’t be the QB coach. That’s not a knock on Aaron, it’s just that at some point, players play and coaches coach.

Not only was Knapp to be the QB “developer” but an offensive leader for the coaches, someone with experience not only as a position coach but as an OC who could also “coach the coaches.” Clearly that has been missing from this offensive staff, and it shows, they need to look at Frank Reich, Jim Caldwell, Jay Gruden or even Josh McCown.

Robert Papalia
Robert Papalia
4 months ago

This is all nonsense. Any coach would not be worried if they do their job. Football is a wins business. Do your job and win football games and everything will be fine.