What does a Dowell Loggains hire would mean for Jets' offense? – SNY.tv


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Based on a report from NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport on Tuesday, the path is now clear for the Jets to hire Dowell Loggains as their new offensive coordinator. With the coaching staff starting to take shape, we can consider what to expect from the offensive coaches in 2019 and beyond.

The 38-year old Loggains has over a decade of experience coaching at the NFL level, including four years as a quarterbacks coach and five as an offensive coordinator. In 2015, Loggains was hired as a quarterbacks coach by then-Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase. However, at the end of that year, Gase was hired as Miami’s head coach and Loggains was promoted into Gase’s old job. Two years later, Gase brought Loggains to Miami to again work under him, this time as offensive coordinator.

There are a couple of red flags in Loggains’ history, as he was apparently an advocate of drafting Johnny Manziel while with the Browns, and was voted as the worst playcaller in the NFL while in Chicago. However, the Jets have already indicated that Gase will introduce his own system and is going to be responsible for the play calling.

So Loggains’ role will be the same as the one he had with the Dolphins. On his arrival in Miami last year, Loggains described himself as a deputy who would help Gase through the process of getting to game day by cleaning things up from Monday to Saturday.

Although they have only worked together for two years on the same staff, Gase obviously trusts Loggains to run his system and prepare his players for gameday. This arrangement must have worked out to Gase’s liking last year, and the two clearly share common offensive philosophies.

Ultimately, Gase is his own offensive coordinator and bringing in a trusted lieutenant underpins that assumption. Had the Jets brought in a more established name, then it would be worth considering what ideas that coach could bring to the table to put his stamp on the offense. But with Loggains coming in, we can get a sense of what to expect from Miami’s 2018 offense.

Firstly, they didn’t have a quarterbacks coach and the Jets aren’t expected to either. We can expect Loggains and occasionally Gase to undertake many of the duties that a quarterbacks coach might ordinarily handle. The Jets didn’t have a quarterbacks coach in 2018, so this shouldn’t disrupt Sam Darnold too much. It’s unclear yet whether Josh McCown could return in a mentoring-backup role.

Some view Gase as someone that stubbornly sticks to gameplans that aren’t working, but he will adjust his gameplans to optimize his players’ performance. One comment Gase made at his introductory presser was that the Dolphins had “sacrificed statistics to get wins.”

Absent context, this sounded like an excuse for his offense’s poor ranking. However, he went on to elaborate that the team had lost several key players to injury, and therefore, decided to make ball security a premium.

Ultimately, they had decided to play conservatively, but that adjustment enabled them to stay in some close games, in which they had an excellent record. Gase’s Dolphins went 20-6 in one-score games, while Todd Bowles’ Jets only went 13-21. Since situational coaching was probably the one area where everyone seemed to agree that Bowles was lacking, that hopefully bodes well for Gase’s abilities in the same scenarios.

As for what we can specifically expect from Gase’s offense, a review of the available footage shows that he uses plenty of read-option type plays, and looks to set up play-action opportunities down the field. The running game uses both inside and outside zone looks with some wrinkles that can create iso-blocking situations or cutback opportunities. Hiring Frank Pollack – an offensive line coach that favors zone blocking schemes – reinforces that expectation.

Personnel-wise, a major feature of Gase’s offense was that they threw a ton of receiver screens to Jarvis Landry and then, when Landry left, to Albert Wilson. This is something Quincy Enunwa can be adept at, although he was reportedly frustrated with being pigeonholed into that role last year.

Gase’s offenses will also throw downfield plenty too, with DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills having been primary targets. However, as noted, they might play more conservatively and with less tempo if personnel issues dictate it.

In some respects, the Loggains hire could be equivalent to when Bowles brought Kacy Rodgers in as his right-hand man. However, defensive line coach was the highest position Rodgers had held to that point.

The difference here is Loggains actually has some experience of being a coordinator, so that hopefully won’t be out of his depth, especially since his role will mainly be one of implementation and facilitation.



Jets coach Paul Maurice sings Winnipeg’s praises to big audience on Jim Rome Show – Winnipeg Sun


His team is in first place, he’s about to coach in the NHL All-Star Game and he’s closing in on 700 wins.

All of those things gave Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice a platform to talk to millions of people across North America on Monday and he used it to sing the praises of his adopted Prairie hometown.

Maurice appeared on the Jim Rome Show, a syndicated radio show out of Los Angeles that has about two million daily listeners and is simulcast into 70 million U.S. homes on CBS Sports Network.

He talked about a wide range of subjects but his comments about his love for Winnipeg were the most poignant and the kind of boost a city in the throes of a frigid Canadian winter can surely appreciate.

“I don’t know if you’d ever fly into Winnipeg to go shopping,” Maurice said during his appearance in “The Jungle,” as Rome calls his show.

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“But if you’re looking to have a good life, to raise a family, to have good people around it … for us, hockey is our passion, it’s our life and that’s true up here. It’s not like any other Canadian city though, because they lost their NHL team, and they came back and they love them differently. It’s the prodigal son.

“They love this team and the players on it. It’s a wonderful place to live and work but most importantly it’s a great place to raise your family. When you have kids and you feel that responsibility of giving them an opportunity to have a good life … Winnipeg, you couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Though he’s just 51, Maurice has already coached in the NHL for 21 seasons, with Hartford, Carolina, Toronto, Carolina again and Winnipeg.

He’s been with the Jets for the last six seasons and took them to the Western Conference final last season after leading them to a 52-20-10 record overall.

He has made Winnipeg his home and is proud of it, despite the low opinion of the city held by some outsiders.

“I hope this comes across right,” he told Rome. “I don’t know if I can explain it well enough.

“I worked in pro sports my whole life and the best thing I can say is when I die and I gotta meet St. Pete at the gates, he’s not going to be saying ‘Go on in, you coached in the NHL.’ There’s got to be more to your life. There’s got to be a bit of a social contract, there’s got to be something that you give back to people.

“That’s why being in Winnipeg is great. I can work in pro sports and still feel like I’m doing something that’s good for your community because they’re so connected to it.”

Maurice, who has 679 wins (ninth best all-time among coaches) and could become just the seventh to reach 700 wins as soon as this season.

Also touched on the Jets’ season so far. They are 31-15-2, have 64 points and are in first place in the Central Division — which is why Maurice was selected to coach at the All-Star Game — even though there have seemingly been more ups and downs than the team had last season.

“We’re pleased with where we’re at right now because the Central Division is tough hockey,” Maurice said. “It’s hard to survive it just from a health point of view.

“We’ve still got a long way to go. We think we’re capable of contending for a Cup but we don’t think we’re there yet. These two or three months before the season ends are really, really important to us just in terms of the development of all these young guys, but we think we’re close enough. When the dance starts here in April we’re confident we’re gonna be there but we’ve got some work to do to be good.”


Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has his final meeting of the season with the media at the NHL hockey team’s practice facility in Cranberry, Pa., Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

He also talked about his debt of gratitude for Jim Rutherford, now general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, but also the man who gave Maurice his start as a coach, at age 28, back in 1995 with the Hartford Whalers.

“If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be closing in on 700,” Maurice said.

“I appreciate way more now as I look back, how crazy that was for him to do it and the risk that he put his own career at in doing it. The backbone or the spine that took … that’s probably the reason why he’s got three Stanley Cups. He’s brilliant at long-term planning things … but boy that took some courage to put a kid with no experience behind an NHL bench.”

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Jets will eye these six NFL draft prospects during Senior Bowl week – NY Daily News – New York Daily News


The Jets will kick off their critical off-season evaluation process in Mobile, Ala., for Senior Bowl week. General manager Mike Maccagnan & Co. have plenty of roster upgrades in mind, including bolstering the offensive line and pass rush.

Here’s a six-pack of prospects to keep an eye on this week:

Montez Sweat, Mississippi State EDGE

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and Montez Sweat

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and Montez Sweat (Getty Images/AP/NYDN composite)

Sweat doesn’t have the sizzle like projected No. 1 overall pick Nick Bosa, Kentucky’s Josh Allen or Florida State’s Jachai Polite, but there’s no denying his production the past two seasons since transferring from Michigan State.

The 6-6, 245-pound Sweat has racked up 22 ½ sacks and 30 tackles for loss in his final 26 games in college. It’s unclear if he makes the best sense in new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ attacking 4-3 scheme, but there’s no denying that he has the skills to make a difference at the next level.

Sweat is obviously not a candidate to be picked with the third overall pick, but Gang Green will be entertaining offers to trade down and collect more premium draft picks. Sweat could make sense depending on whether the Jets strike a deal to collect more premium draft capital.

Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech DE

The 6-5, 262-pound Ferguson isn’t exactly a household name, but he sure lit up the stat sheet last season by leading the country with 17 ½ sacks and finishing second with 26 tackles for loss. Ferguson’s career college numbers are staggering: 45 sacks and 67 ½ tackles for loss in four seasons will get everybody’s attention.

Ferguson has explosion, but he’s not an athletic freak. He’ll have a great opportunity to show NFL talent evaluators this week that his numbers aren’t a mirage. The Jets won’t take him in the first round, but he might be an intriguing option if they can collect more draft picks.

Dalton Risner, Kansas State OT

Dalton Risner.

Dalton Risner. (Sue Ogrocki / AP)

It’s no secret that Maccagnan & Co. will need to make offensive upgrades to better serve and protect Sam Darnold. The 6-5, 308-pound Risner might be better suited to kick inside to guard at the next level. He can also play center.

Maccagnan needs to bring in more offensive linemen after grabbing only two of them in his first four drafts. The Jets will be looking to replace two or three linemen this offseason in addition to beefing up their depth.

Risner will likely be a second-third rounder. The Jets don’t have a second-round pick thanks to the trade with the Colts last year that landed Darnold. Things will change quickly, of course, if Gang Green moves out of the No. 3 spot.

Andre Dillard, Washington State OT

The 6-5, 310-pound Dillard has proven to be solid in pass protection in Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense.

The three-year starter has good feet and length. He has the skill set to be productive in a zone-blocking scheme, but there are fair questions about his strength at the point of attack right now.

Regardless, he’s an intriguing option on Day 2 for a team that will be looking to improve their offensive line.

Zach Allen, Boston College DE

Zach Allen.

Zach Allen. (Gerry Broome / AP)

Allen has been a disruptor the past two years even if he hasn’t gotten home as much as he would have liked. The 6-5, 285-pounder had 15 and 15 ½ tackles for loss the past two seasons, respectively, but only managed 10 ½ sacks in the past 26 games.

Allen has the tools to be a difference maker off the edge at the next level. He’s a first-round talent, who would come into play if the Jets decide to get creative and wheel and deal.

Michael Dieter, Wisconsin OL

The versatile offensive lineman started a school-record 54 games at three different spots: Left guard, center and left tackle. The 6-6, 321-pounder is probably best suited at guard right now. His position flexibility is intriguing for a team that desperately needs an influx of talent up front.



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Slow start too much to overcome for TAMIU at Jets – Laredo Morning Times


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Looking for their third straight win in Heartland Conference play after an up and down early part of the season, the Dustdevils basketball team couldn’t overcome their rough start.

Texas A&M International lost 65-52 at Newman on Saturday as the team was looking to move near the top of the league standings. But the group found itself in an early 19-6 hole as it could never pull any closer than six points the rest of the way.


“(Starting strong) was a point of emphasis we had because we had came out twice (the past two games) against Lubbock Christian and Oklahoma Christian not playing very well in the first halves,” Taylor said. “Give Newman credit because they came out, pressured us and put us on our heels early. It took a moment for us to figure that out.”


The Dustdevils dropped to 5-11 on the season with a 2-3 record in the Heartland Conference. They came into the day with the potential to move up to as high as third place in the league standings — a big jump from last place just a week ago before winning two straight entering the day. Instead, they remain tied for fifth along with Rogers State, which also lost Saturday at first-place St. Edward’s.

Instead, it was Newman (13-5) that moved into sole possession of third place at 4-2. They came into the day tied with Lubbock Christian, which was idle.

TAMIU was hoping to announce itself as a top contender in the league with a third straight win, but their struggles out of the gate were too much to overcome. They missed 14 of their first 15 shots while turning over the ball four times during the first 12 minutes to fall in a 13-point hole.

TAMIU rebounded the rest of the half with 20 points the remaining eight minutes trying to catch up, but Newman scored the same amount during that stretch as well for the 39-26 lead at the break. That was pretty much the way the entire game went as both teams also scored 26 in the second half in the 65-52 decision.

While both teams played even the rest of the way, the Dustdevils did have a chance at getting a victory. They closed the gap to 53-47 with 5:16 left before back-to-back 3s by Newman brought the lead back to 12. Meanwhile, TAMIU had just one field goal the rest of the way coming with 19 seconds left in the game.

“The second half we went nose to nose with them,” Taylor said. “We were beating them but we had to foul late. The first half was just too much to overcome. Especially against a good team in this conference, you can’t give them an 18-point lead and expect to come back on most nights. We’ve shown we are capable of doing that, but it’s definitely not the situation you want to be in.”


The Dustdevils were paced by the scoring duo of Xabier Gomez (15 pts, 5 reb, 2 ast) and Brent Finn (13 pts, 5 stl) who combined for 28 points. But the pair did have a bit of a rough showing from the field as they were 9 of 30 shooting.

Danny Spinuzza also had six points while Damon Leach picked up five points and eight rebounds and Tom Higgins had five points and five boards. Forward Steven Coulanges was out for the second straight game dealing with symptoms from a past concussion.

“(Gomez and Finn) both had decent numbers as far as points, but their shot selection was way down,” Taylor said. “Xabier’s shots were more around the rim and Brent’s were from the perimeter. But we’ve got to get better looks, and that’s on us as a whole. Our screens weren’t as good and our movement wasn’t as tight as it’s been.

“Give Newman credit. They’re the quickest team we’ve seen all year. They really get out and pressure and hound with two or three guys with first steps that can really good. It was definitely a game of speed versus size, and speed won out today.”

Coming up short against the Jets, TAMIU will now prepare to take on last-place Arkansas-Fort Smith at home Thursday at 7:30 p.m. While the Lions (7-11, 1-5 Heartland) are at the bottom of the league, they’re capable of knocking off anyone taking second-place Dallas Baptist — the three-time defending league champs — to the limit Saturday in 97-89 decision.

To get another much-needed victory, TAMIU will likely be preaching all week the need to start faster. But even though they failed to do so on Saturday, the Dustdevils’ head coach was happy with the way his squad bounced back to close the gap down the stretch.

“Two months ago we probably would’ve folded and it would’ve gotten ugly. That was the message I gave to the locker room,” Taylor said. “There are some positive things going on right now, and they showed that we are growing and maturing. We aren’t letting each possession bother us as much as they used to. Newman’s always been a tough place to play, but a six-point game with five minutes to go — we were right there. We are competing and showing some character.”


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Jets Podcast: The Connie Carberg interview – 247Sports


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The Jets podcast crew got together once again as Daniel Feuerstein and Rick Laughland had a very special guest, as we invited Connie Carberg on our show, to discuss her segment on NFL Films Presents that was broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on Tuesday night, January 15th. To see her having so much fun discussing what she did to bring in these players who she helped draft, was amazing to see the names that we all remember from those days.

But of course she was the one who brought over the crazy defender who sacked quarterbacks for breakfast and did a dance to celebrate that sack in Mark Gastineau. One of the cogs in the New York Sack Exchange, that would prove to be one of the best front sevens the Jets had in their history along with Joe Klecko, Marty Lyons and Abdul Salaam, as they terrorized the opposition’s offensive lines, to get to the quarterback.


NFL Films did a fantastic job showing Connie in a positive light and she had such great enthusiasm discussing what she did to get the job as a scout, and working inside the New York Jets organization, to bring over the best college players and become legends of this NFL team. Also she has a great smile that you can never wipe off her face, to go along with her energy, she shows why she always believes in the New York Jets.

We also asked her if she had opinions about the new head coach of the Jets as Adam Gase will now lead this team on the field, as well as the new Defensive Coordinator in Gregg Williams will be barking out orders for the defense. We also asked her about players that were drafted who were positives, as well as those who were negatives, but she is a solid person who is honest, and stood her ground no matter who were successes and who were failures, we admire Connie for that.

This is a special woman who not only was a pioneer back in the sixties and seventies, but her knowledge of what to look for in college players who were ready to make the move to the pros. Helping out head coach Woody Hayes from Ohio State University with their college football program, then making the move to the Jets. She worked very hard and got a promotion to scout. Of course her love of the Jets came as her father was the team doctor during Joe Namath’s time with the team.

But we here at 247 Sports are very fortunate to call Connie a colleague. We are lucky to have her come on our podcast and inform us about her amazing life with the New York Jets, and the many players she was able to bring over during the drafts of many years. How she is still connecting with the former Jets like Mark Gastineau, Chad Cascaden, Joe Klecko and many more. Congratulations on the segment Connie, you deserve it.