On Friday, Adam Gase announced the end of his Jets assistant coaching staff, and it contained some interesting phrases.
One was Joe Vitt, a 41-year-old NFL coaching veteran who also happens to be Gase's father-in-law. White will act as a senior defense assistant working with external linebackers. The other was the former Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, who was considered a major competition candidate a year ago. Cooter will train back.
White spent more than a decade in New Orleans as assistant head coach and linebackers coach. In 2012, he served as temporary leader of the Saints when Sean Payton was forced to sit the season as punishment for his role in the Bountygate scandal.
But the drama did not end there. White, who also earned a six-game suspension at the beginning of this season for his alleged role in Bountygate, worked with Holy Defense Coordinator Gregg Williams, now Jets & # 39; defensive coordinator. During hearings in Bountygate, conducted by former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Vitt Williams accused of lying in his testimony.
Williams was suspended indefinitely in March 201
White was at Gase's Dolphin's staff last year as senior director of football and player development. Before that, he spent 38 seasons as an NFL assistant coach with eight different teams, mainly working with linebackers. From 2006-16 he was assistant head coach / linebackers for the Saints and helped them win the Super Bowl XLIV.
Witt's daughter, Jennifer, met Gase at a charity golf tournament. They married a year later and now have three children together.
White also trained with St. Louis Rams (2004-05), Chiefs (2000-03), Packers (1999), Eagles (1995-98), Los Angeles Rams (1992-94), Seahawks (1982-91) and Baltimore Colts (1979-81) . He served as a temporary headline twice, for the Saints in 2012 and for Rams in 2005.
Cooter joins jets after five seasons in Detroit where he started as quarterback coach for Matthew Stafford. He became an offensive coordinator in 2015, and in 2017, the Lions No. 13 had the offense in the NFL, the sixth ranked crime and No. 7 scoring offense.
Cooter's first NFL coaching experience was as an offensive assistant for Colts from 2009-11. He was Chief's quality control coordinator for a season, then an offensive assistant to Denver in 2013, when he first worked with Gase.
Cooter and Vitt will join the coordinators Gase already employed – Williams on the defense, Dowel Loggains on offense and Brant Boyer, a team member from Todd Bowles & # 39; staff, on special teams. Gase also employed Williams & # 39; son, Blake Williams, as a defensive assistant.
In total, 13 of the 21 coaches at Gase & # 39; s staff are new to jets, but only a position console, Dennard Wilson with the defensive rumors, is a relic. During Wilson, 2017's first round pick Jamal Adams has evolved into one of the best safeguards in the NFL. Wilson will also serve as the defensive combat coordinator this season, a new responsibility.
Among the rents, including the Loggains, Gase brought in five members of his former dolphin staff to be assistants – assistant head coach crime / broad recipient coach Shawn Jefferson (broad receiving coach in Miami from 2016-18), assistant head coach defense within linebackers coach Frank Bush (same role in Miami from 2017-18), offensive assistant Bo Hardegree (quarterback coach in Miami from 2016-18), defensive line coach Andre Carter (same role in Miami from 2017-18) and Vitt.
Except for Wilson, the returning assistants include Steve Jackson as assistant-defensive back coach, Jeff Hammerschmidt as assistant to Boyer at the special team coach and Robby Brown as defensive assistant. Forces and fitness coach Justus Galac stays with his assistants Aaron McLaurin and Joseph Giacobbe.