Robert Saleh’s honeymoon as Jets head coach is over. Coming into his second season, followers shall be anticipating outcomes.
When the Jets report back to coaching camp Tuesday, the nice vibes of this offseason will proceed. It’s Saleh’s job to ensure the work of the following 5 weeks produces wins when the season begins on Sept. 11 towards the Ravens.
“I’m an optimist, I feel we’re in a very good place. I actually do,” Saleh mentioned in June. “What it seems like from a outcomes standpoint, that’s for all y’all to guage, however we’re lots additional alongside this 12 months than we had been a 12 months in the past.”
The Jets have been on the backside of the NFL for the final decade. Followers know the drill — the final playoff look was in 2010 and the final profitable season was in 2015. They’re starved for some success. This offseason supplied hope with what seems like a robust draft, together with three first-round picks, and a few key additions in free company.
However the Jets have had hopeful springs and summers earlier than that resulted in disappointing falls and winters. These Jets are satisfied they are often those that flip this system round.
“I actually suppose this crew is able to altering our tradition for the following 10 years,” linebacker C.J. Mosley mentioned in June. “Quite a lot of guys on this crew, a number of coaches which might be teaching for this crew now, since they’ve been alive, they haven’t heard a number of good issues in regards to the Jets. And now we have now the narrative, we have now the prospect, we have now the flexibility to actually change that mindset for the following 10 years for the way forward for this group.”
All of that begins this week in Florham Park. The Jets report back to camp Tuesday and have their first observe Wednesday. They’ve preseason video games with the Eagles, Falcons and Giants subsequent month in addition to joint practices with the Falcons and Giants.
All eyes shall be on second-year quarterback Zach Wilson to see if he seems able to make a bounce in 12 months 2 after a disappointing rookie season.
“It’s well-documented, he had a tough rookie 12 months, I imply, all of us did, together with myself,” Saleh mentioned. “Simply when it comes to rising, individuals are forgetting that he’s received a younger offensive supporting solid. His receivers are younger, his backs are younger, the O-line is simply jelling collectively, he’s younger. So, for Zach, actually, it’s simply to proceed to progress and changing into the beginning quarterback and shifting within the path that everyone knows that he’s able to.
“He doesn’t must be Tom Brady this 12 months. Now if finally ends up being that, that’s superior, however that’s not the expectation for him. The expectation is for him to proceed to climb that mountain, that’s quarterback play on this league, and all of us received his again. He’s received a supporting solid that’s working its tail off and from there it’s simply piecing it collectively.”
The Jets added vast receiver Garrett Wilson together with tight ends C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin, and guard Laken Tomlinson to bolster the quarterback’s supporting solid. Now, the Jets must see if that interprets to raised play from the younger quarterback.
“For me, it’s how can I simply go in there and make the very best choice to place my crew in the very best place,” Zach Wilson mentioned. “Actually, that’s all that issues. How can I simply do what the coaches are asking me and my time will come to do the off-schedule stuff. It’s actually enjoying throughout the offense is the place I must have the largest leap, simply my progressions, getting by them cleanly, getting the ball out of my fingers, giving it to guys and allow them to go make performs.”
Wilson’s play received’t be the one storyline in camp. The battle at left deal with between Mekhi Becton and George Fant, the return of defensive finish Carl Lawson and the revamped secondary are a couple of others that may generate headlines.
Coaching camp is a time for hope, and the Jets have extra this 12 months than in latest reminiscence. Saleh must make it possible for the hope of July results in success in September.