We’re just on the ninth day post-2011 season and we at the Jets Insider are still itching for more. In what will be an undoubtedly noisy off-season for the Jets, let’s just hope it’s not the noise we’ve been used to, the Jets started by announcing their coaching staff next season.
Headlining the new coaching staff is Tony Sparano, the team’s new offensive coordinator. He replaces the crucifiable Brian Schottenheimer, the new offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams. In addition to Sparano, the Jets have brought in four other members to fill out the coaching staff: Defensive Line Coach Karl Dunbar, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Justus Galac, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Paul Ricci and Outside Linebackers Coach Mike Smith.
Dunbar joins the Jets after spending the last six seasons (2006-11) as the defensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings. During his time in Minnesota, the Vikings defense allowed the fewest rushing yards in the NFL (8,141) and ranked sixth in sacks (242). The Vikings rush defense was the best in the NFL each season from 2006-2008, marking the first time since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger that a team has ranked number one in rushing defense three consecutive seasons.
Galac comes to New York after seven seasons at Villanova University (2005-11) where he served as the football team’s strength and conditioning coach, earning recognition as the Samson FCS Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2010.
Ricci previously spent part of 2011 as the director of basketball performance for Texas Tech. Prior to Texas Tech, he served in the same capacity at the University of Maryland for three seasons. Ricci spent nine seasons on the strength and conditioning staff with the Baltimore Ravens (1999-2008).
Smith becomes the outside linebackers coach after spending the last two seasons with the Jets as a coaching intern. Prior to his time with the Jets, Smith was the linebackers coach for the University of Hawaii for one season. A linebacker at Texas Tech, he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens and played two seasons (2005-2006) before his career was cut short by injuries.
Bob Sutton has been promoted to assistant head coach/linebackers. Sutton is entering his 13th season with the Jets. He has served as the Jets senior defensive assistant/linebackers coach the last three seasons (2009-11). Sutton initially came to the Jets as the linebackers coach (2000-2005) before being named the defensive coordinator (2006-08).
Here’s the entire 2012-13 Jets coaching staff: Rex Ryan (head coach), Mike Pettine (defensive coordinator), Tony Sparano (offensive coordinator), Mike Westhoff (special teams coordinator), Matt Cavanaugh (quarterbacks), Dave DeGuglielmo (offensive line), Mike Devlin (tight ends/assistant offensive line), Karl Dunbar (defensive line), Justus Galac (assistant strength and conditioning), Bill Hughan (head strength and conditioning), Ben Kotwica (assistant special teams), Sanjay Lal (wide receivers), Anthony Lynn (running backs), Jim O’Neil (assistant defensive backs), Paul Ricci (assistant strength and conditioning), Brian Smith (quality control/defense), Mike Smith (outside linebackers), Bob Sutton (assistant head coach/linebackers), Lance Taylor (assistant tight ends/quality control), Dennis Thurman (defensive backs).
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