One hot topic at the moment concerning the Jets seems to be the news that Quinton Coples has been permanently moved to outside linebacker. As BGA readers will know, this has been a proposition I've been intrigued by since the tail end of last season.

After the Jets drafted defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson last week, I wrote briefly about the option of using him there in certain packages here. However, now that they've announced this is happening, I'm going to look in more detail at what evidence there is that could indicate Coples will be productive in this role. I'll also delve into what the news that he's moving permanently actually means in practical terms.

After the jump, I'll lay out my thoughts, but before then, I'd recommend you read this recent study from ProFootballFocus into where pressure comes from and the effects that it has. My research also makes use of exclusive statistics provided by PFF which are not available to subscribers.

What is a "Rush Linebacker"?

One major problem with the complexity of Rex Ryan's defensive system is that - with all due respect - many media members don't understand how the scheme works, or at least simplify things too much when they are writing about the system to give the illusion that they don't really understand it. The scheme involves multiple fronts, personnel groups, formations, blitz packages, run fits and coverages so even when you comprehend the basics, you risk falling into a trap of over-generalizing. The Jets had five or more defensive backs on the field over half the time last year, so it's pretty rare for them to be in a base defense anyway. However, on the defensive line most of their subpackages operate under similar principles.

One of the key features of the defense is the role of the Rush Linebacker in the front seven (or sometimes six, in certain nickel packages). Since there are four players with "linebacker" in their job title, the media will often make the mistake of referring to Rex's defense as a 3-4 base and then comparing it with the other 3-4 defenses around the league, such as Pittsburgh or Houston - or Eric Mangini's 3-4 defense that the Jets ran from 2006 to 2008. In fact, the defense has more in common with teams like the Patriots and Cowboys ... and of course Baltimore, whose own version of the hybrid system evolved out of what Rex Ryan created as defensive coordinator there until he got the Jets' coaching job in 2009.

Essentially the "Rush Linebacker" is more "Rush" than "Linebacker". In fact, Karl Dunbar reportedly announced that Coples is moving to "rush" on twitter, which was the point at which this story seems to have gone public. The Rush Linebacker is primarily a weakside pass rusher that sometimes, but not necessarily the majority of the time, operates out of a standing stance. He can also play with his hand in the dirt and for certain players, that's what they will choose to do most of the time.

Since that player has the option to play with his hand in the dirt, thereby creating a situation where there are four down linemen, some people see this as a move towards a 4-3 defense, but ultimately it's the same defense, often operating with 46 principles. Most players won't see their role change regardless of whether Coples (or whoever the Rush Linebacker is) chooses to put his hand in the dirt. Of course there are certain personnel groupings that will operate better in a 4-3 than a 3-4 (and vice versa) and there will no doubt be some more conventional formations mixed in to exploit this.

What does Coples' move to Rush Linebacker actually mean?

The news that Coples is making this move - which may not prove to be permanent if it doesn't work out and probably doesn't preclude him from still getting plenty of reps on the inside - has created an interesting situation where you have people both overreacting to the news and underselling its importance.

Some people are overreacting because Coples was a down lineman last year and moving him to linebacker suggests he will have to pursue sideline to sideline and undertake coverage assignments. However, the Rush Linebacker role isn't that different to playing as a 4-3 defensive end, something Coples did on over 130 snaps last year. The role he'd be taking on is closely related to the role Terrell Suggs plays in Baltimore. Suggs dropped into coverage less than 8% of the time last year and when he did it would usually be just dropping off into an area or a passing lane, not tracking a receiver. Coples dropped into coverage 2% of the time last year, so this could well be something he does more of, but is never going to be a primary role or something easily exploitable. If he's coming off the weakside, there often won't be any receivers on his side anyway.

Despite the change in position, Coples is still going to rush the passer the majority of the time. The only change being that he will be an edge rusher more often (but not exclusively) and an interior rusher less often. We'll get into how he fares at each of those disciplines later on.

In simplistic terms, Coples is becoming an edge rusher in the Mario Williams or Julius Peppers mold, not being asked to turn into Jonathan Vilma overnight.

At the same time, a lot of people are writing this off as no big deal and suggesting that it won't mark a massive change to his role since he does so many different things anyway. To some extent that is reasonable, but there are some significant practical changes that will take place. The biggest of these is that Coples will now work primarily with the outside linebackers rather than the defensive ends in practice. We understand he did some of this last year, but was mainly under defensive line coach Karl Dunbar's supervision, whereas now he should be working with the linebacker coaches most of the time. Coples will also be referred to as a linebacker in team literature - note that they haven't changed this on the official website yet, but I'd expect that change to happen at some point soon. That shouldn't have any immediate effect though.

There may be suggestions in some circles that the Jets made this move in response to ending up with Richardson in the draft and it could be seen as something of a panic move after none of their desired OLB choices fell to them. However, based on what we've been told by multiple team sources, this was something that began before the draft. Maybe they would have moved Coples back inside had Barkevious Mingo or Dion Jordan fallen to them at the ninth pick of the draft, I don't know. However, the Coples moves was something where the wheels were already in motion.

Looking at 2012 Pass Rushing Data

I was interested by a comment made by Sackdance99 in the comments section earlier today that Coples will still get plenty of reps on the inside because he is a better interior rusher than off the edge. There are really two ways of reading "better" in that comment and rather than ask for clarification, I thought I'd just investigate both. One would be that "better" means "more productive" and the other would be that "better" means "more skilled". I'll therefore be looking at film later to see where and how he did the most damage, but let's first investigate the data in respect of his pass rushing numbers to investigate productivity.

One thing to bear in mind is that you would expect edge rushers to have better productivity anyway, so even if Coples was more productive from the edge, that wouldn't tell us too much unless the amount he was more productive by compared favorably to the usual differences between outside and interior pressure (discussed in detail in the PFF link above the jump). Also, we would need to look at per-snap or per-rush productivity rather than total productivity because, although Coples might have recorded more pressure on interior rushes, that may just be a product of the fact he rushed up the middle a lot more than off the edge.

Another PFF article commented briefly on the Coples move this morning and touches on those issues:

He played with his hand up on only 27 occasions last year and dropped in coverage a mere 10 times (none of which were from a two-point stance), but before you write it off consider that with a Pass Rush Productivity of 8.0 he had the fifth-best rating among his peers, which would have put him mid-table in the 3-4 OLB rankings despite having the clear disadvantage of rushing from the inside.

As I mentioned in my previous Coples article (linked earlier), most of those 27 snaps were from the "Amoeba" formation where there are no down linemen because the linemen and linebackers mill about at the snap to try and confuse the defense and shoot a gap. Coples was surprisingly effective at this which makes me wonder if he might choose to play standing up more often than we might expect from a defensive tackle making such a move. There were a handful of plays at the end of the year where he did line up as an outside linebacker in a standing position, including a couple where he beat the left tackle to generate pressure.

We're going to look at the pressure he generated last year and it breaks down between interior and edge rushing. However, first of all, let's look at how often he attempted to rush from each position:

4-3 Defensive End - 17%

3-4 Defensive End - 48%

Defensive Tackle - 28%

Standing - 7%

Immediately we can see that he doesn't have an enormous amount of experience rushing from the edge at the NFL level. However, we can also say that this would explain why he might have generated more interior pressure during the season. In terms of which side he rushed from, there were more reps from the right side (ie the blindside, and usually the weakside) but not significantly so.

Here's the position he was playing as he generated that pressure:

4-3 Defensive End - 13%

3-4 Defensive End - 39%

Defensive Tackle - 39%

Standing - 10%

(Note: These percentages represent the proportion of his total pressure generated from each position)

This suggests that he is more productive with an interior rush. However, a review of the film shows that often - not always - when he was lined up as a 3-4 defensive end, he was opposite and sometimes even outside an offensive tackle, so this should perhaps be treated as an edge rush attempt. So, perhaps a better way to break it down would be to see who he was matched up against:

Tackles - 42%

Guards - 23%

Centers - 13%

Coverage/Unattributed - 23%

Now we're starting to get a picture of how he actually has slightly more success on the outside. We're not going to be able to tell how that pressure was generated without looking at the film, which we'll do in the next section.

Before we move on though, let's analyze whether he generated more pressure from the right side or the left side of the defense. The easy answer is that, however you slice it, he was better from the right - going up against the left side of the offensive line.

If you treat all pressure against guards as being "up the middle" pressure came from:

Left side of the offensive line - 29%

Right side of the offensive line - 13%

Up the middle - 35%

Unattributed - 23%

However, if you treat each guard as being from the relevant side of the line, the difference is even more pronounced:

Left side of the offensive line - 45%

Right side of the offensive line - 19%

Up the middle - 13%

Unattributed - 23%

This is also backed up if we break down Coples' pressure by his position on defense at the snap:

Left Defensive End - 13%

Right Defensive End/LB - 45%

DT/NT - 36%

Amoeba - 6%

Looking at 2012 footage

You may wonder why it's necessary to break down the numbers by both offensive and defensive positions. There are two main reasons. One is that a 3-4 Defensive End could be matched up with a guard in certain fronts and a tackle in others. Similarly, although it didn't apply here, you might get an edge rusher being blocked by a tight end. The other reason is that the Jets will often run stunts, so a guy like Coples might start off matched up with a guard and generate pressure off the edge, or conversely might be matched up with a tackle, only to blitz up the middle. We can't get that from the data, so I instead went back to the footage to see if I could spot any developing trends.

Since the main thing I am looking for is pressure off the edge, we'll focus on examples of where he achieved that.

The first thing to note is that, although you would typically associate your edge rusher with speed rushing and getting around the outside, Coples did most of his damage with inside moves - or when he did get pressure to the outside, it was more of a power move than the type of speed move you can expect to see from Antwan Barnes.

Our first example comes from the first game of the season against the Bills. Coples lined up as a defensive end on the right side in a four man front. He beat the left tackle to the outside, but it wasn't a pure speed rush - he initially faked to the inside and then used his speed to get outside (actually getting called for roughing the passer on the play).

In week four against the 49ers, he created a pressure against each tackle with an inside move while lined up opposite them in a three man front. In beating the right tackle, he showed a good combination of speed and power to drive him back and then come off the block to the inside.

In week six, he had a big game, generating most of his pressure up the middle. However, one of his sacks saw him beat the left tackle around the outside (from a three man front). Again, this wasn't a speed rush, but more of a power move. He got outside leverage and drove powerfully upfield to get around the tackle's shoulder.

In the last game before the bye, against Miami, he was matched up with a tackle in a three man front and beat him with a quick inside move.

After the bye is where they started to use him standing up and he hit Russell Wilson in this situation in the first game following the bye. This was perhaps the closest thing we've seen to a pure speed rush so far, although he did it against the left guard, as the left tackle was forced to step to the outside to counter a wide edge rush. Coples blew by the guard on the outside and hit Wilson as he threw.

It was over the last four games where I really started to notice a trend towards bringing him off the edge. They did this on consecutive plays towards the end of the win over the Jaguars in Week 14. Operating from a three man front with the Jets in a prevent style defense protecting a seven point lead, the Jets lined up Coples on the left tackle's outside shoulder. He was matched up with Eugene Monroe, one of the league's better pass protecting tackles. On the first play, he faked to the inside and beat Monroe to the outside, then on the very next play he made a quick inside move and beat Monroe cleanly to force a bad throw that ended up being the clinching interception. You can see that play here (at 2:45).

The following game was the game against Tennessee where they lined him up as a weakside OLB against another top tackle, Michael Roos, and he beat him with an inside move for a hit. You've probably already seen my gif of this play.

Against San Diego, he did the same thing - beating the left tackle on the inside to hit the quarterback from a weakside OLB position. However, that was the only time he lined up there all day. Despite this fact, he showed more signs of having the skills to be a good edge rusher in that game. He had a sack on a play where he made a speed rush off the edge and then stepped inside the left tackle who was thrown off balance. He also had pressure three times on outside stunts where he lined up on the inside and ended up rushing around the edge. On one of these he ended up unblocked, but on the other two, his speed was too much for the tackle coming across and he got around them.

Finally, he beat the tackle to the outside for a pressure in the final game of the year in Buffalo - the same guy (Cordy Glenn) he beat in the first game of the year. Again, this wasn't a pure speed rush, he drove him back and then beat him outside.

Conclusions

The data analysis here does suggest Coples is capable of being productive from almost anywhere. The fact he is "moving to OLB" shouldn't prevent him from being able to do that. If anything, it will enable him to hone that part of his game and make himself all the more dangerous whenever they do employ him on the inside. The numbers certainly suggest he can do more damage on the weakside and that does correspond with what we've been hearing in terms of their plans for him.

In terms of the film analysis, while he did a lot of damage from three man fronts, there were some direct examples of him producing from the position he will be moving to. However, what's more exciting are the examples of success he showed working against tackles (including some good ones) and rushing off the edge. The fact that he showed an ability to do that is important, because that's what he'll need to do, regardless of how the other ten defensive players are aligned.

While I have focused primarily on the pass rush (and dismissed coverage as not likely to be a significant additional responsibility), there is of course the matter of how well he can play the run. I have chosen not to cover that here, but obviously that will play a huge part in how successful and permanent this experiment will be.

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Darnold and Adams talk changes 00:01:24
Sam Darnold and Jamal Adams address many changes for the Jets, including a new coaching staff and the firing of former GM Mike Maccagnan.

With Le'Veon Bell not at the Jets OTAs so far this offseason, Sam Darnold has been left to still imagine what it will be like to have him in his backfield this year. 

He loves what he sees. 

When the Jets finally struck a deal with the Pro Bowl running back, Darnold was "pumped" to have a new weapon in his arsenal, as he knows the type of damage he can do for the Jets' offense...

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Gase addressed Maccagnan rift 00:01:00
Adam Gase addressed the allegations that he stabbed former Jets GM in the back saying 'That's just not true'.

During an at-times contentious press conference on Thursday morning, Jets head coach Adam Gase didn't dispute the notion that he didn't see eye-to-eye at times with fired GM Mike Maccagnan. But he insisted the issues they had weren't personal. 

"Me and Mike had disagreements on a few things, but there was no personal rift," Gase said. "That's wrong. ... "We can have disagreements -- it's part of the job. If we're not disagreeing, am I doing my job? If I agree with everything anybody else says in the building, am I doing my job?"

Earlier this week, Gase disagreed with the idea that the firing of Maccagnan -- with Gase serving as acting GM while the search for the new GM is ongoing -- was part of a power struggle orchestrated by Gase.

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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Jets rookie defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is sitting out Thursday's voluntary organized team activities due to a calf injury.

Williams, whom the Jets drafted third overall in the NFL draft last month, is being held out due to precautionary reasons.

The 21-year-old Williams participated at OTAs last week even though he has yet to officially sign his rookie contract. He is expected to be offered a four-year deal worth approximately $32.4 million, according to AL.com's Mark Inabinett.

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Gase clears up Bell rumors 00:02:07
Adam Gase says the Jets didn't overpay for Le'Veon Bell and that he looks forward to working with the running back.

Ever since the Jets fired GM Mike Maccagnan, there have been whispers that Adam Gase was unhappy with the signing of Le'Veon Bell.

On Thursday, Gase answered those questions head-on.

"We signed him. I'm excited we have him," Gase said when asked whether he and Maccagnan failed to see eye-to-eye on the signing. "I've been in constant communication with him."

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Since last week's shocking announcement that general manager Mike Maccagnan was relieved of his duties, head coach Adam Gase has been handling personnel duties as the Jets' interim general manager. While it was initially assumed Gase would merely be a placeholder for the new guy because the position would be filled hastily, he's already made a series of moves in that role.

Nobody is quite sure what to expect next. Should we be reading anything into these moves and what they might mean for the roster he'll be working with, the same roster Maccagnan's replacement is set to inherit?

Gase wasted no time in making his first move, as the Jets finalized a trade sending former first-rounder Darron Lee to the Kansas City Chiefs for a late-round pick. Since then, he's also brought in punter Matt Darr and wide receiver Deonte Thompson - both of whom have played for him in the past - and released two players. It was also reported that a scout who worked under Maccagnan - Bill Dekraker - was relieved of his duties.

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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Adam Gase insisted he didn't pull off a power play inside the Jets' organization. The rest of the NFL isn't so sure that's true.

And that belief, that he engineered the firing for ex-Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan, could impact how potential candidates view the Jets in their search for their next GM.

"It's New York, so of course people are going to want the job," said one NFL executive. "But they're going to want answers about who is really in control. If they know (Adam) Gase and they know they can work with him, that's fine. But anyone who doesn't know him is going to want answers and might find it a tough spot."

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Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Fox Sports sideline reporter Peter Schrager on the sidelines during a NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. The Rams defeated the Jets 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Fox Sports sideline reporter Peter Schrager on the sidelines during a NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. The Rams defeated the Jets 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Jets are talking to Fox Sports' and NFL Network's Peter Schrager this offseason. But it isn't about the team's GM search. 

According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, the Jets have contacted Schrager about featuring in a role during their preseason broadcasts this year. 

A report surfaced earlier Tuesday stating the Jets were actually talking to Schrager about their GM search that has been ongoing since Mike Maccagnan left Florham Park. And while the team does have "a high respect" for Schrager, as Vacchiano put it, they have not going to him for consultation. 

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Dec 2, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Deonte Thompson (10) makes a catch in front of Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (25) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Dec 2, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Deonte Thompson (10) makes a catch in front of Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (25) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Acting Jets GM Adam Gase continued to make moves on Tuesday, signing WR Deonte Thompson after reportedly firing scout Bill DeKraker

Gase waived TE Jordan Leggett on Monday, and also signed punter Matt Barr

Gase, who is the acting GM in the wake of the firing of Mike Maccagnan while the team searches for its full-time replacement, said Monday that the removal of Maccagnan was not part of a power struggle.

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Adam Gase says he just wants to coach the Jets. He's still using his newfound powers as interim GM to act on his vision for the team, though.

Gase fired scout Bill Dekraker on Tuesdsay, according to the Daily News' Manish Mehta, who added that the move was done in an effort to fulfill the coach's desire of streamlining the organization's scouting department. 

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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Adam Gase may be the Jets' new interim general manager, but he insisted that he did not engineer a power play to get the job and push Mike Maccagnan out the door.

In his first comments since Maccagnan was fired last week, Gase quickly dismissed the idea the notion that he had anything to do with that decision. "I disagree with that, as far as a power struggle," Gase said.

"Whoever is hired is going to have the same role (Maccagnan had) -- control of the roster, control of the 53," Gase said. "I will coach the team. That's what I'm going to do. Nothing has changed with that structure."

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Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Jordan Leggett (49) runs with the ball during the second half of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Jordan Leggett (49) runs with the ball during the second half of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Adam Gase continues to part ways with Mike Maccagnan draft picks as Jets interim GM. 

After trading Darron Lee last week and signing putner Matt Darr earlier on Monday, the Jets decided to waive tight end Jordan Leggett, according to ESPN's Field Yates.  

Leggett, 24, was a fifth-round draft pick in 2017 who struggled to stay on the field -- missing all of 2017 with a knee injury -- but played in 15 games last year but had just 14 receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown. 

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Dec 15, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Former Denver Broncos player Peyton Manning before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Dec 15, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Former Denver Broncos player Peyton Manning before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Rumors have been 'flying' within league circles that the Jets could make a run at Peyton Manning to fill their vacant GM role, according to Mike Florio of PFT. But it doesn't seem like any run at him would be successful.

Manning as the next Jets GM is "unrealistic" and being an NFL GM is "not a job he seems to want" said a source close to Manning told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Hiring the 43-year-old Manning to be the Jets' new GM would certainly be an outside the box move. The legendary QB retired after the 2015 season, and does not have any official front office experience. 

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Le'Veon Bell (26) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Le'Veon Bell (26) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The firing of Mike Maccagnan last week, just weeks after he ran the draft, and months after he spent $120 million in free agency and helped hire the new head coach, may go down as one of the strangest, craziest moments in the star-crossed history of the Jets.

But that would seem like nothing if they soon decide to trade the recently signed Le'Veon Bell.

They won't, of course. At least they probably won't. One team source texted a flat "No" when asked about the possibility by SNY over the weekend. But the wacky idea still gained some traction over the weekend as many tried to predict what's next for the Jets and their interim GM/head coach Adam Gase. The rumor that Gase would soon trade Bell grew like wildfire when former ESPN NFL reporter John Clayton said in a radio interview on Friday, "I could absolutely see the Jets trading (Bell) before the start of the season."

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Aug 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Dolphins punter Matt Darr (4) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Aug 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Dolphins punter Matt Darr (4) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Adam Gase is beginning to bring in some familiar faces in his role as Jets interim GM. 

The Jets announced on Monday that they signed punter Matt Darr to their 90-man roster. 

Darr, 26, was the Dolphins' punter in 2016 when Gase began his tenure in Miami but was waived in September 2017. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills late last season and appeared in five games.

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Looking back on the Jets week 00:02:22
It was a memorable week for the Jets that included firing Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and reports that Gase didn't want to sign Le'Veon Bell.

The Jets fired Mike Maccagnan, replaced him on an interim basis with Adam Gase (who is acting as the head coach and the GM), and began their search for a new GM. Oh, there was also some Le'Veon Bell drama. 

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Nov 18, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts Colts former quarterback Peyton Manning walks the sidelines before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas J. Russo)
Nov 18, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts Colts former quarterback Peyton Manning walks the sidelines before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas J. Russo)

The Jets sent shockwaves through the NFL when they fired GM Mike Maccagnan earlier this week. Could their hire to replace him result in similar shockwaves?

"Rumors are flying" within league circles that the Jets could make a run at Peyton Manning to fill their vacant GM role, reports Mike Florio of PFT, who adds that Manning has "periodically" been connected to open front office positions throughout the NFL.

Hiring the 43-year-old Manning to be the Jets' new GM would certainly be an outside the box move. The legendary QB retired after the 2015 season, and does not have any official front office experience...

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Having been named as the interim general manager on Wednesday, Adam Gase wasted no time before making his first splash. Later that same day, the Jets announced that former first-round linebacker Darron Lee had been traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for a sixth-round pick in next year's draft.

There's been plenty of speculation as to whether Lee's roster status was a bone of contention in the rift between Gase and the outgoing general manager Mike Maccagnan and how much input defensive coordinator Gregg Williams had in the decision. However, rumors had been rife that the Jets were likely to part ways with Lee ever since they signed CJ Mosley in free agency.

Whatever the reasons behind the move, the Jets must now plan ahead for a 2019 campaign without Lee on the team. Let's investigate what his role would have been had he remained with the team and how the team will approach replacing his contributions.

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Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase talks with the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase talks with the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports)

The reported rift between Jets head coach Adam Gase and former GM Mike Maccagnan apparently came to a head during the NFL Draft. 

According to Manish Mehta of the Daily News, the relationship between Gase and Maccagnan became tense in the lead up to the draft when the new Jets head coach was not given the opportunity to have his voice heard in pre-draft meetings. 

Maccagnan did not want Gase to adversely sway his scouts' evaluations, a philosophy he held with Todd Bowles as well. 

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Damon Harrison (94) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber)
Damon Harrison (94) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber)

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The Jets recently announced they have signed 16 undrafted free agents. While most of them are longshots, inevitably a few are likely to make an impact on the main roster, as we discussed during the week. How likely is this, though? Let's review the top 10 best undrafted players from the past 25 seasons.

Remember, this only covers players who entered the league since 1994, so great players such as Bruce Harper, Pat Leahy, Victor Green and Bill Baird aren't included.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Robby Anderson, Rontez Miles
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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Contrary to reports that Adam Gase did not want Le'Veon Bell on the Jets because the running back would cost too much, the two are apparently enjoying a happy marriage thus far. 

According to Brian Costello of The Post, Gase and Bell have been in "constant contact" since the offseason training program began last month even though Bell chose not to report. 

The two have spoken twice since the Jets fired GM Mike Maccagnan on Wednesday with both conversations being positive.

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Tannenbaum weighs in on Jets 00:01:36
Former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum joined SNY to talk about the Jets firing Mike Maccagnan and what that means for Adam Gase and the Jets.

Mike Tannenbaum knows what it's like to be a Jets general manager who gets fired, as Mike Maccagnan was on Wednesday. He also knows Jets interim GM and head coach Adam Gase, working with the former Dolphins head coach as Miami's executive vice president of football operations. 

Tannenbaum spoke with SNY's Jonas Schwartz to discuss the strange timing of the Maccagnan firing, whether squabbles with the head coach and GM are unusual for this time of year and whether Gase will face a credibility problem.

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New York Jets head coach Adam Gase, center, poses for a picture with owner Christopher Johnson, left, and general manager Mike Maccagnan pose for a picture during a news conference in Florham Park, N.J., Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase, center, poses for a picture with owner Christopher Johnson, left, and general manager Mike Maccagnan pose for a picture during a news conference in Florham Park, N.J., Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

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While much of the attention on the Jets' bombshell firing of GM Mike Maccagnan has been on the perceived dysfunction in the organization, the focus of the team will be to look ahead. Although Adam Gase is already in place as the interim GM - and already made one controversial splash with the Darron Lee trade - you would expect the Jets to move quickly to fill the role with a permanent alternative.

If there's one silver lining to the curious timing of yesterday's move, it's that the Jets won't face competition from any other teams for any potential candidate to replace Maccagnan.

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Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) celebrates his touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) celebrates his touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Robby Anderson didn't want things to turn out this way.

The wide receiver didn't want to be tendered as a restricted free agent because he wanted to commit his future to the Jets. But the team placed a second-round tender on Anderson in February, and on Thursday Anderson signed that tender, which is worth about $3.1 million.

April 19 was the deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets. Anderson didn't sign one, so he was left to either hold out for a better deal or sign the tender.

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Sep 3, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli shown on the sideline of the game against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Ravens 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Sep 3, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli shown on the sideline of the game against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Ravens 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Falcons announced on Thursday that their assistant GM Scott Pioli has stepped down from his role with the team. 

In turn, another name is added to the Jets' GM search. 

Pioli held the role with the Falcons since 2014, but his time in football spans all the way back to 1992 when he would drive 90 minutes to Giants training camp to help out then-defensive coordinator Bill Belichick. When Belichick moved onto the Browns as their head coach, he brought on Pioli as a pro personnel assistant, and it wouldn't be the only time he followed the coach.

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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The Jets are shaking things up in their front office in an odd turn of events on Wednesday.

Despite allowing him to make the team's offseason moves, Jets CEO Christopher Johnson told GM Mike Maccagnan that his days with the team were over. Vice president of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger was also let go by the team. 

So, while new head coach Adam Gase will assume the role of interim GM, the search for Maccagnan's replacement is on. But it appears the Jets are not just searching for a new GM, but others to add to their team brass before the new season...

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Le'Veon Bell (26) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Le'Veon Bell (26) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Jets became a news hub on Wednesday, as multiple stories surfaced from the firing of GM Mike Maccagnan to CEO Christopher Johnson explaining why he made that call after allowing Maccagnan to make the team's offseason moves. 

But there was also the report that new head coach Adam Gase and Maccagnan were at a disagreement with the signing of Le'Veon Bell. While it was viewed by many that the Jets got a good deal with a four-year, $52.5 million deal with $27 million guaranteed, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Gase didn't like that amount of money for the versatile back. 

In fact, Gase didn't want that type of money going to any running back to begin with. He also isn't a fan for the massive five-year, $85 million deal CJ Mosley received from Gang Green, either. His $51 million guaranteed is the largest amount ever for a linebacker. 

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Darron Lee (58) Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Darron Lee (58) Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Looks like new interim GM Adam Gase is already making moves. 

The Jets have parted ways with LB Darron Lee, trading him to the Chiefs for a 2020 sixth-round pick in return, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Wednesday night.This has been an expected move for the Jets since CJ Mosley signed his massive five-year, $85 million deal with Gang Green this offseason.

Lee, a former first-round pick out of Ohio State, hadn't lived up to his expectations with the Jets since coming to the team in 2016. His rookie season saw just 13 games (nine starts), where he totaled 70 combined tackles, three quarterback hits, and one sack...

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Mike Maccagnan was announced at the Jets general manager in January 2015, after he beat out a handful of candidates, including current Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier. After the disastrous outcome of using a search firm to find their previous general manager (John Idzik), the Jets' decision to hire Maccagnan came largely from the recommendation of the experienced pairing of Charlie Casserly and Ron Wolf.

Early results for Maccagnan were good. Having been hired alongside Todd Bowles, Maccagnan made a couple of splashes and some shrewd moves, putting the team in position to make the postseason until they choked the opportunity away in the season finale in Buffalo.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Christian Hackenberg, Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson
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Johnson talks about Maccagnan 00:01:09
The Jets fired GM Mike Maccagnan on Wednesday. Team Chairman and CEO explained why it was necessary.

Before this crucial offseason began for the Jets, GM Mike Maccagnan knew he was on the hot seat. That is why we saw him shell out roughly $191 million to land some of the top free agents on the market with RB Le'Veon Bell leading the pack. 

Then, came the NFL Draft. Though the Jets didn't have a lot of capital this season, they still had the No. 3 overall pick. Maccagnan wasn't shy in saying the pick was up for sale, but they would keep it in their pocket and select possibly the safest pick in the class in Alabama DT Quinnen Williams -- a player that is going to be at the top of Defensive Rookie of the Year ballots to start the season. 

Through his free-agent pickups and a solid draft class, it looked like Maccagnan was on the right path to turning around not only the franchise, but thoughts about his job security...

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Scott Thompson
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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Adam Gase has barely been introduced to New York yet, beyond a couple of short press conferences and some mean-spirited memes. He hasn't had a chance to lose a game yet. The heat on his seat hasn't even been turned on.

But it will be very shortly, once the ashes settle from the firing of Jets GM Mike Maccagnan, because like it or not, fair or not, and true or not, it sure looks like Gase's fingerprints are all over this shocking move. Whether it was a power play or good, old-fashioned irreconcilable differences, Gase won and Maccagnan lost.

Which means this Jets mess is Gase's now.

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