New York Jets: Breaking down 3 confirmed head coaching candidates (part 2)

In the first part of the New York Jets’ confirmed coaching target breakdowns, I highlighted some of the top offensive coordinators reportedly being targeted for the job. This time, here are the three rumored defensive coordinator candidates and what they bring to the table.

Matt Eberflus, Indianapolis Colts Defensive Coordinator

Matt Eberflus is a rising coaching candidate in the league, and for good reason. The well-traveled coach began his coaching career as a student assistant at Toledo in 1992, he then spent eight years coaching at Toledo, holding the positions of graduate assistant, recruiting coordinator, outside linebackers coach, and defensive backs coach. Due to his success at Toledo, Eberflus was named defensive coordinator of Missouri in 2001, where he coached until 2008. He then signed on for two seasons as the linebackers coach of the Browns before he entered into the most crucial years in his coaching development. From 2011 to 2015, Eberflus coached under Rod Marinelli, super bowl champion coach. Marinelli taught Eberflus the Tampa 2 style defense, which has proved to be his staying power since then. Marinelli mentored Eberflus and developed him into a disciple, which led to him ultimately landing his current gig.

Eberflus was initially brought on to the Colts staff by the short-lived coach, Josh McDaniels. When he decided to return to New England and Frank Reich was hired, the team looked to Marinelli for his advisement on someone who could instill the Tampa 2 defense in Indy, and he let them know that guy was already on the staff. So, Eberflus kept his job, and in the time since, he has become an esteemed coach. The Indy defense has become a top one in all of football, but the way Eberflus has gotten the most out of his players is the true shining piece of his resume. Darius Leonard was not supposed to be a star in this league, he was out for most of his rookie camp, and he was a little known second-rounder. Now, Leonard is one of the best linebackers in football. The team also acquired Deforest Buckner this offseason, and he has had a monster season in the defense.

Eberflus’ only indictment is that he may not be that CEO type coach rumored to be the target. Eberflus does not have experience as a head coach, and just like most coordinators, there is no hardcore proof he could have success. Still, Eberflus is well connected in the league and could likely build a good staff and be a good leader. Eberflus is a true wildcard candidate; depending on his staff, he could be a solid hire.

Brandon Staley, Los Angeles Rams Defensive Coordinator

A year ago, Brandon Staley was a rather unknown coach, now, he has a shot to be a head coach rather quickly. Staley has bounced around the college ranks, starting in 2006 at Northern Illinois. From there, Staley went to various schools including, St. Thomas, Hutchinson Community, and Tennessee. Then, Staley got his shot as a D3 defensive coordinator at John Carrol University. From there, he went to James Madison and back to John Carrol. Then, he drew the eye of Vic Fangio and had been on his staff in both Chicago and Denver before getting his shot as a defensive coordinator this season in Los Angeles.

Brandon Staley succeeded esteemed defensive coordinator Wade Phillips after his retirement last season. He inherited a defense with two of the best players in the NFL, Jalen Ramsey, and Aaron Donald. Donald brings a ferocious ability to get into the backfield unmatched by anyone in the league. Ramsey is one of the best lockdown corners in the game and didn’t have a single game this season where he allowed more than 20 yards. Despite that, the talent they had was present in both Phillip’s time and Staley’s. So, in analyzing their defensive jump from the middle of the league to first, that makes what Staley was able to do all the more impressive.

Staley has earned quite a reputation quickly. He has drawn comparisons to the man that hired him, Sean McVay, and been labeled as the defensive carbon copy. Staley would be the younger, more flashier hire than Eberflus, but both are unproven. Staley has not been in the league long, meaning his staff hires could leave something to be desired. Staley is a bold choice, but the Jets have gone the successful defensive coordinator route once in the past 8 years, and it didn’t bode well, will they make the same choice again?

Robert Saleh, San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator

Robert Saleh is a football guy. The former college tight end began his coaching career in 2002 with Michigan State. He then coached at Central Michigan and Georgia before going to the pros. Then, in 2005, Saleh was hired as an intern with the Texans, and he climbed through the ranks to the position of assistant linebackers coach before heading to Seattle. In Seattle, Saleh got to learn under Pete Carroll and coach on a Super Bowl championship-winning staff. Saleh coached there until receiving a shot to coach the linebackers in Jacksonville, where they had a large amount of success in his time there. His success across the board drew enough attention from Kyle Shanahan to earn him the defensive coordinator job in 2017. Since then, Saleh has become a household name.

Last season, the San Francisco 49ers went to the Super Bowl behind one of the most talented defensive lines I have seen in the past decade. Their defense was ranked in the top tier of the league overall, and although they were unable to pull off a win in the big game, they still showed major growth in 2019. This set them up as one of the most heavily feared defenses heading into this season, but when Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, Richard Sherman, Javon Kinlaw, and Kwon Alexander are among the big names who missed multiple games, if not the entire season. The team was banged up but still managed to finish as a top defenses again, taking only a small step back.

Robert Saleh is that CEO type of coach Joe Douglas should target. Saleh is the middle ground of Staley and Eberflus. He has the connections of Eberflus and the youth of Staley. Saleh brings juice and energy to the defense. One rumored connection is with Mike McDaniel, a rising offensive mind in San Francisco, who some believe could follow him as an OC wherever he choses to go. He is so intense that he runs the stadium stairs in order to get mentally prepared before games. Saleh is a fantastic coach and near the top of my board for prospective coaches. Saleh is a hot commodity, though, and there is a hometown connection with the Lions that could prove to be too much for the Jets to overcome.

New York Giants: Golden Tate and Jalen Ramsey silent about postgame brawl

New York Giants, Golden Tate

We’ve almost reached the division matchup between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys, but the last game isn’t in the past yet. There’s certain things that have stuck around in the memory of fans and press. The lack of offense for the Giants was one of them, but another one is the fight between Golden Tate and Jalen Ramsey after the game. As of now, the league hasn’t issued a statement about the incident and both players are acting quiet about it to the media.

But it was impossible for Ramsey to avoid hearing about it as he had his first media availability since the original incident this Friday. During that conference call, he was predictably questioned on it.

“We’re gonna talk about football, man. Everybody has kind of answered it already and I keep telling y’all ‘no comment,’ so I’m not gonna get into nothing. We talk about football. We got the Washington Football Team this week and that’s what’s important, honestly,” Ramsey told reporters.

The conflict between the two players originally began because of Ramsey’s relationship with Golden Tate’s sister. Tate’s sister is the mother of Ramsey’s children, but the breakup between the two caused tension when Ramsey and Tate met on the field. Obviously, the tension boiled over before either player could leave the field.

Golden Tate gives his take

Tate himself had a similar stance to Ramsey on the matter.

“I don’t want to backpedal and discuss that because I don’t think, you know, going back to that is going to help us this week,” Tate had said on Thursday.

The situation could be of interest to Giants fans because it remains to be seen if the league is going to hand down a punishment. But considering how close it is to the next game and how no decision has been issued, that looks less and less likely. Neither team has chosen to take action and it seems like if the league were going to do something, it would have been done by now.

The game against the Cowboys will have bigger worries for the Giants than family drama – namely, avoiding an 0-5 start. And from what we’ve seen so far, we can expect Tate to be back on the field and back to himself for that matchup.

Giants’ Golden Tate and Rams’ Jalen Ramsey could go at it in week 4 matchup

New York Giants, Golden Tate

The New York Giants are gearing up for a tough contest against the Los Angeles Rams in week four, but there’s another battle that will be ensuing during the matchup. Giants’ receiver Golden Tate and Rams’ corner Jalen Ramsey have a complicated past, as Ryan Dunleavey of the New York Post suggests.

Their troubles stem from a relationship between Ramsey and Tate‘s sister, Breanna Tate. Ramsey, who has two children with Golden’s sister, broke off their relationship during Breanna’s last pregnancy.

Golden Tate told The Post last October, “I’m not happy at all with the disrespect that he’s shown towards my sister, and the things he’s done in the past, but I don’t really want to go too much into it.”

The New York Giants need to temper their emotions:

Ultimately, this matchup could see spilled blood boil over into the contest, and it wouldn’t be surprising one bit. The Giants, however, are coming off three consecutive losses to open the year and are already in a position to secure a top-five pick in the draft based on projection models. They aren’t expected to win many games, but letting personal issues get in the way of their ultimate goal, progress, cannot be tolerated.

Ramsey tweeted following Tate’s public outing of the star corner: “We live in a society where ignorant people feel that they are owed an explanation of what goes on in our day-to-day lives … and why we make the decisions we make … we don’t have to answer to anyone but the man above. S—t is beyond overrated.”

Ramsey’s statement alone suggests that Tate is ignorant and has no idea what he is talking about when it comes to his sister. He references God as the only person he needs to answer to, but Golden seems to feel otherwise.

This is a matchup to keep an eye on, but at this point their careers, Ramsey is by far the better player. Maybe he can access some of his reserve fuel and have himself a day.

New York Giants news, 10/16 – Janoris Jenkins to the Jags? Deandre Baker, more

New York Giants, Janoris Jenkins

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

With the Jacksonville Jaguars sending star cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams for two first-round picks and more, an open spot on the defense now must be filled. The New York Giants could have just the player to offer in Janoris Jenkins, but it ultimately comes down to value.

The October 29 trade deadline for the NFL could spell some significant moves, but it all depends on the Giants’ record and if they’re realistically competing for a top spot in the NFC East. They currently sit just one game behind the Dallas Cowboys and Philidelphia Eagles, and with two tough matchups versus Arizona and Detroit, the Giants could be in a position to deal players instead of bringing them in.

Adding draft capital for the next offseason could be a good move considering their struggles on defense. However, the theoretical departure of Jenkins would force rookie DeAndre Baker into the No. 1 corner spot, and I don’t believe he’s ready for that type of challenge.

Baker has struggled this season to match up against quality pass-catchers, and trading Jenkins away would throw him right into the fire in a fight he likely cannot win. He’s still in dire need of development and refinement, but the New York Giants could see the value in gaining draft picks, especially if a team comes to the table for a third-round pick.

Injury update:

Both Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram practiced in a full capacity on Monday, giving us the indication that they will be available to play next Sunday against the Cardinals. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard is still working through the concussion protocol despite participating in individual drills, as well. He will likely miss week seven but could eye a potential return against Detroit — it’s still too early to tell.


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Why The New York Giants Should Not Involve Themselves In Big Name Trade Talks

Should the New York Giants pursue Jalen Ramsey?

The NFL has been swirling with trade rumors lately. Numerous big name players have been confirmed or rumored to have requested a trade. Plenty of fans want the New York Giants to try to trade for these players, but that might not be in the team’s best long-term interest.

The Giants Cannot Afford These Trades

The New York Giants have only $4,015,873 in cap space. Additionally, the Giants have $35 million in dead cap. They cannot afford to acquire these players. These players are big name stars that will require big contracts to satisfy. The Giants cannot provide them with those contracts at this moment.

The Giants also need to start saving money. Pretty soon, the Giants’ in-house talent will be ready for their own pay days. Players like Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, and Will Hernandez will need a lot of cap space allocated towards their second contracts. Albeit, the day they sign their second deals is somewhat far into the future, but the Giants still need to prepare financially.

These Players Do Not Fit Gettleman’s Profile

The Giants just got rid of multiple big name star players. Odell Beckham Jr. was traded away for three defensive players and Olivier Vernon was traded away for an offensive guard. These two players account for $24 million in dead cap.

The players involved in trade talks to do not fit what Dave Gettleman is looking to do with this rebuild. These players have strong personalities and do a good job of grabbing headlines. Gettleman has been on a mission to get rid of any and all distractions that might surround this franchise.

The Giants Should Not Sacrifice Their Future For The Present

The Giants are coming off of an incredible and improbable win against the Buccaneers. But they are still a 1-2 team coming off of a 5-11 season. The Giants should be more concerned with their future than their present. New York has been a losing franchise for the past few years, and that is not going to change by trading for one star player.

The Giants will change their losing ways by keeping their draft picks. In order to trade for players such as Jalen Ramsey, Jamal Adams, or Stefon Diggs, the Giants will need to give up significant draft capital. In the case of Jalen Ramsey, the Giants would need to sacrifice at least one first-round pick.

As phenomenal as Jalen Ramsey is as a player, the Giants might need to use their future first-round picks on different positions.

The Giants have had a need for a pass-rusher over the years and their next first-round pick could be the one to get the team their pass-rushing prospect they so desperately need.

The Giants have drafted arguably the best running back in the NFL and a franchise quarterback in a two-year span. The potential in first-round draft picks is too great for the Giants to give away, especially when they could potentially be picking in the top ten again.

It makes more sense for a team that is one star away from a championship to trade away a high draft pick for one of these players. The Giants are not one of those teams. The Giants are a team that still needs to draft multiple key pieces to build around the rest of their youthful talent and prepare themselves for a brighter future.

Could the New York Giants be looking to trade for Pro Bowl corner Jalen Ramsey?

Should the New York Giants pursue Jalen Ramsey?

Housing a secondary comparable to swiss cheese, the New York Giants would be smart to consider trading for any player that can improve the unit quickly. The objection would be their current rebuild and that the team is not prepared to contend for the playoffs, which would argue against the trading of assets (draft capital, cap space).

However, with Janoris Jenkins set to make $14.75 million in 2020, finding a younger, better replacement could be a positive move. That’s where one of the league’s best corners comes into play.

Should the New York Giants pursue Jalen Ramsey?

Jacksonville Jaguars star defender, Jalen Ramsey, engaged in a confrontation with head coach Doug Marrone during a live game, which spurred Ramsey’s displeasure and trade request. The Jaguars accepted his invitation and began fielding offers from other teams, and one NFC team has reportedly offered a first-round pick for his talents.

Ramsey is scheduled to earn $13.70 million next season, but he will become a free agent in 2021. The team that signs him will have to be competitive and prove to Ramsey that they’re worth signing an extension with. In the case of the Giants, that reality is far fetched.

With Eli Manning being benched for Daniel Jones on Tuesday and the secondary a band of misfit toys, Ramsey is likely informing his agent that the Giants are at the bottom of the trade list. Even if Jones miraculously turns the offense around and wins the next two games to climb back to a .500 record, the Giants defense is at least two seasons from being above-average.

Ramsey would have to play through the 2019 rebuild and continue with only a glimpse of hope beyond 2020. It would be a significant risk on his end, and he might be better off sticking with the Jaguars in that case. For argument’s sake, the Giants are trying to change the culture and adding an unpredictable diva to the locker room is not at the top of their priority list either.

A marriage between Ramsey and the Giants seems to be unlikely, but we’ve seen crazier things happen in the NFL before. Big Blue is far better off waiting until the 2020 offseason to pursue top corners like Chris Harris and Jimmy Smith — more to come on those two options!