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

New York Jets, Joe Brady

With the New York Jets now preparing for their second batch of interviews where they will condense the field to bring them into Florham Park. With that said, I broke down the Jets three defensive coordinator candidates, three offensive coordinator candidates, and now today is the mixed bag group. A former head coach, a rising secondary coach, and a young offensive coordinator drawing comps to Sean McVay.

Marvin Lewis (Former Bengals Head Coach)

Marvin Lewis began working as a graduate assistant and then later a linebacker’s coach for Idaho State. From there he parlayed his success there into gigs at Long Beach State, University of New Mexico and University of Pittsburgh. He had considerable success and within just eight years he received enough attention as a linebackers coach that he was brought up to the pro ranks. While at his first stop, the Steelers, he worked as a linebackers coach for three years. Then, Lewis received his shot with the Ravens as a defensive coordinator for five years, winning a Super Bowl during that time, before joining the Football Team in the same role for a season.

Despite his background, from 2003-2018, Marvin Lewis is best known for his resurrection of the Cincinnati Bengals franchise. In his 15 years he led the team to the playoffs seven times with a record of 131-122-3 but an 0-7 playoff record. Lewis was undoubtedly a capable and competent leader, but he failed to close when it mattered most on the biggest stage. The losses on the biggest stage ultimately led to the team, letting him go. Lewis, at 62 years old, is still trying to get back to coaching in the pros as he has been helping former Jets coach Herm Edwards in Arizona State, first as a consultant and now as a co-defensive coordinator.

Looking forward, Lewis is a leader and has proven that in his career. One has to wonder if maybe the time off benefited him by giving him time to reevaluate. I think Lewis has a shot of getting a hire in this cycle for a couple of reasons. The first being that he has proven capabilities of turning around a franchise. The other is that his years of connections give him a shot of assembling a talented staff. If a team is looking to rebuild and they want someone to see it through, Lewis is a strong candidate. If you want someone to take your team to that next step though, Lewis has not proven he can do that. The other flaw is his age, and how much longer he even wants to coach, this continues to further my belief that he is a transitional coaching candidate.

Joe Brady (Panthers Offensive Coordinator)

Joe Brady is someone I have highlighted in great lengths during this coaching search and it’s lead up. Brady is known as the 31-year-old offensive wiz kid from Carolina. The former college wide receiver began his coaching career at his alma mater, Willian & Marry. After rising to a linebackers coach position there, Brady received a shot to be a graduate assistant at Penn State. He then received a massive opportunity to receive the tutelage of Sean Payton as an offensive assistant for the New Orleans Saints where he was able to learn first hand how to conduct the offense. Then, he made a decision that Sean Payton at the time told him was a massive mistake, he bolted from New Orleans to head to nearby LSU as the passing game coordinator and receiver’s coach. That decision was not a mistake, but rather, the reason he is a candidate for a head coaching gig.

At LSU, en route to a national championship, Brady architected one of the top offenses in college football history. He took Joe Burrow and brought him from an average college quarterback that likely would be a late round draft pick to, a Heisman campaign, where he had a 76.3 completion percentage and produced a line of 5,671 yds, 60 TDs, and 6 INTs. Burrow took a massive leap and became the first overall selection in the draft. Brady also allowed guys like JaMarr Chase and Justin Jefferson to go from household names to one being a top 15 prospect in this draft class, Chase and one being labeled by some as the next star receiver in the NFL, in Jefferson. Now, since leaving LSU, the team and specifically offense was a shell of themselves and Brady’s exit has been widely attributed to why.

Joe Brady left LSU and took the jump to Carolina to coach under Matt Rhule as his offensive coordinator. The offense was not the most spectacular, but if you look at the jump that players took under his guidance that is indicative of success. Mike Davis filled in masterfully for Christian McCaffery being able to jump into his role to an extent and keep the train moving. Guys like Curtis Samuel, Robby Anderson and Ian Thomas all took massive leaps and proved themselves as legitimate offensive weapons under Joe Brady as well. Brady was able to adapt consistently, instilling a game plan for former XFL star PJ Walker’s first career start on Thursday Night Football that played off his strengths.

Brady has proven to be moldable, adaptable and innovative in his brief but impressive coaching career. He has drawn comparisons to Sean McVay leading many to think he is the next star coach. I have qualms with how he would build a staff based on his minimal coaching experience and I wonder about his leadership based on his youth. With that said though, it sounds like if Terry Fontenot, a New Orleans Saints executive, lands the Atlanta Falcons general manager position, Brady will likely follow him. The Jets were reportedly impressed by him and he was in the select few of candidates they believe could get a second interview. Ultimately, it sounds as though Atlanta is the likeliest home though.

Aaron Glenn (Saints Secondary Coach)

Aaron Glenn is an intriguing coaching candidate. The former New York Jets defensive back is a former All American and has been inducted into the Texas A&M sports hall of fame before being drafted by Gang green with the 12th selection in the 1994 draft. Glenn played for the organization for seven years before being taken by the Houston Texans in the expansion draft. He then played for the Texans, Cowboys, Jaguars and Saints before retiring in 2008. He then spent some time in various capacities, including time away from the game, before taking a general manager position with the Houston Stallions of the Lonestar Football League. He spent a year there before joining the Jets as a scout. Then, Glenn began his coaching career.

The former pro bowler received an opportunity to work as the assistant defensive backs coach for two seasons in Cleveland. The Browns provided him a shot at coaching and launched his career. The Saints then brought Glenn on in the 2016 season as a defensive backs coach, and he’s done wonders for the secondary in his time there. Glenn has been able to elevate the level of play of guys like Marcus Williams and Ken Crawley among others. Glenn has been able to be a hands on teacher and he’s learned from a great in Bill Parcells.

Glenn is a leader and a well-connected coach. His former playing days give him extensive ties for a potential staff. However, he has minimal coaching experience running a system or implementing a scheme. Glenn deserves defensive coordinator looks, but the premise of hiring Glenn before he even gets to control a side of the football does not instill me with the most confidence. He is a smart football mind, making him a dark horse for the job. However, if the Jets go with a young offensive mind, hiring Glenn as a DC would be a home run.

New Orleans Saints Demario Davis P.E.A.R.L.S. for Girls a Gem of an Event

Demario Davis

Just recently, New Orleans Saints superstar Demario Davis hosted a free event called P.E.A.R.L.S. for Girls #SocialSummer as part of his Devoted Dreamers Foundation which kicked off on Saturday, June 6th.  The event hosted an array of strong, powerful, accomplished women in a plethora of different fields.

Women at the top of their game from the beauty, fashion, fitness, entrepreneurship, and a whole lot more participated in the month-long event to serve as role models and pillars of inspiration to young girls everywhere.

Some of the amazing leaders of the month-long event included the Gleaux Factory a beauty spa, founded by Kyla Hayes, who shared tips on how to achieve a glowing complexion, the House of MJ, celebrity makeup artist, started by Malika James, who showcased different makeup looks, Latania Franklin a licensed clinical social worker, who works for Sista Afaya, which provides low-cost mental health services to African American women, promoted mental well being.

It also includes celebrity chef Amaris Jones, who showed how to make a delicious, hearty dinner of Cajun fish tacos, celebrity chef Lauren Von Der Pool, who made nutritious vegan cucumber cups, The Buttercreamery, a cupcake shop created by Shayla Barnes Holloway, who showed participants how to make a stunning beach-inspired cake, Sisterhood of Strong, a gym established by Theresa Horne, who taught viewers how to get a good workout, TaNe’Shea Howell, an American Sign Language certified interpreter, to showcase sign language basics,   Trina Powell-Cross, who enlightened the girls on living a holistic lifestyle, Microsoft who stressed the importance of entrepreneurship through a road trip and museum visit via online and so many more wonderful guests, followed and a special visit by founder of P.E.A.R.L.S. for Girls Sue Magee discussed loving oneself.  They truly pulled together a once in a lifetime event.

The empowering event also included fun giveaways and concluded with an awards ceremony.  This event was truly special as it provided young girls with women who are consummate professionals, class acts and role models for all, pillars in their community who promote and enact positive change for this society and lead the next generation,  something this society needs to not only see but follow in their own lives!

New York Jets: Preseason Preview New York Jets vs New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

The New York Jets will take on the New Orleans Saints in MetLife stadium this Saturday for their third preseason game, and here’s what you should expect from the green and white.

The first taste of Adam Gase

The third game of the preseason marks the start of game-planning for opposing teams and getting in the groove of a typical NFL week. We will see what Sam Darnold looks like under Adam Gase’s offense. If the offense comes out hot like they have the past two preseason games, Jets fans should have a lot to look forward to this season.

Gregg Williams

Gregg Williams will have his work cut out for him this week facing the potent Saints offense for at least a half. The 30-year vet will have Drew Brees faceoff against his thin secondary. This is a perfect matchup for the Jets because we will see how Gregg Williams disguises the Jets Achilles heel. If the Jets secondary show any promise, then the Jets will only get better as the team recoups from injury.

Big game for New York Jets backups

The third preseason game is a little taste of reality for most of the reserves in the NFL as the starters play most of the game. For these fringe players to make the team, they will have to contribute on special teams. Some players to watch for will be Valentine Holmes, Trenton Cannon, Anthony Wint, and Stephone Anthony.