The day the Jets introduced Robert Saleh as their new coach, they also said general manager Joe Douglas has more power.
Saleh now reports directly to Douglas, and Douglas reports to owners Woody and Christopher Johnson. The Jets’ last three GM / coach combinations reported directly to the Johnsons, making them equal in the organization. Now Douglas has gotten a bump up, a sign of Johnson’s belief in their GM.
“This structure has changed,” said Christopher Johnson. Joe reports to me [and Woody]. Robert reports to Joe. It seems to be a clean and simple way of doing things, but honestly not much changes. We already have very good communication. I do not think it will change things here that much really. ”
The organizational structure had been a point of concern for Jets fans, but many teams around the league (about half) had the same structure. The Jets̵
Woody Johnson is scheduled to take control of the team soon as his term as ambassador to the UK ends on Wednesday. Christopher Johnson, who led the team in Woody’s absence, will retain a major role in the organization, but Woody will once again be the ultimate decision maker.
The Jets officially announced the hiring of Mike LaFleur as offensive coordinator and Jeff Ulbrich as defensive coordinator. LaFleur joins the Jets from the 49ers, for which he passed game coordinator. Ulbrich was the Falcons’ linebacker coach before being promoted to defense coordinator after the team fired Dan Quinn and promoted Raheem Morris to interim head coach.
Saleh has not yet hired a special coordinator, but said he will keep Brant Boyer, who has been with the Jets since 2016, when former coach Todd Bowles hired him. He said he is also considering retaining defensive back coach Dennard Wilson, who has been with the Jets since 2017.
The other appointments that Saleh announced were: Rob Calabrese (quarterbacks), John Benton (offensive line), Taylor Embree (backbacks), Ron Middleton (tight ends), Miles Austin (wide receivers), Greg Knapp (passing game specialist) , Billy VandeMerkt (offensive assistant), Aaron Whitecotton (defensive line), Nate Ollie (assistant defensive line), Ricky Manning Jr. (defensive assistant), Hayes Pullard (defensive assistant).
Saleh also retained three coaches from Adam Gase’s staff: Todd Washington (offensive assistant), Mack Brown (offensive assistant) and Chip Vaughn (defensive assistant).
Saleh talked a lot about DT Quinnen Williams. The 49ers had the No. 2 overall pick in 2019, when the Jets drafted Williams third overall, so Saleh scouted Williams.
“I absolutely love Quinnen,” Saleh said. “Really excited to get the seat belt off the harness and let him go. In this scheme to make him go vertically, to make all that mass move in the direction he needs, I’m really excited about the potential he wants. Loved him coming out. Of course we did [Nick] Bosa. He was right there as part of the discussion. I can assure you of that. As for the young man, his mindset, his athletics, his power, his love of football is really, really excited to see him in our system, especially up front with the way we design with that style of attack up front.