There is no shortage of passion on Todd Bowles’ revamped Jets coaching staff.
Bowles parted ways with a number of his positional coaches after last season’s disappointing 5-11 finish. Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey retired while five others were fired, including outside linebackers coach Mike Collins.
In place of Gailey and Collins, Bowles hired John Morton and Kevin Greene, respectively. And the two new additions are making their voices heard early and often in rookie minicamp. Morton and Greene bring a fiery approach to the practice field. On Saturday at One Jets Drive, Greene became upset with a missed assignment from one of the rookies and tossed a garbage can in frustration.
“Kevin’s like Hulk Hogan and Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage,” Bowles joked after Saturday’s practice.
Greene, in fact, spent time as a professional wrestler in World Championship Wrestling toward the back end of his NFL career in the late 1990s.
Bowles said he made a conscious effort during the hiring process to find coaches with distinctive personalities and coaching methods.
“We had good coaches last year,” Bowles said. “I was looking for different types, as far as teaching their guys a different way. And with the system we had coming in, I knew the kind of guys I was looking for. All those guys that replaced the guys we had kind of fit the bill.”
Bowles believes it’s crucial to a compile a “good mix” of coaches on a staff.
“You have your screamers, and you have your teachers, and you have your mellow guys. And they all teach differently,” Bowles said. “You definitely want some (screamers), but not scream for the sake of screaming. Just intense teaching maybe, but understanding when to pull back and when to go forward. So I think we have those guys.”
Greene spent four years coaching the Packers outside linebackers from 2009-13. This is his second coaching job.
“He enjoys it to the fullest,” Bowles said of Greene. “He loves the game. He coaches like he played. He was an intense player. He’s an intense coach. But don’t mistake that for him not being very bright. He’s a very bright guy.”
Despite the Jets being in clear rebuilding mode, Bowles said Saturday he thinks it’s “realistic” for his team to make the playoffs this coming season.
“Our ultimate goal is to get to the Super Bowl,” the Jets coach said. “Obviously we’ve got to take steps. We have a lot of guys we’ve got to get acclimated chemistry-wise right away. But our goal is to win, regardless of whether we got younger guys or older guys.”
ANALYSIS OF WEBB
The Giants hope they’ve found the replacement for Eli Manning in Cal product Davis Webb, who they selected in the third round of last weekend’s draft.
The Jets snagged Webb’s college teammate and receiver Chad Hansen in the fourth round. And Hansen shed some light on what kind of player Webb is, as well as how the quarterback will handle his role as a mentee.
“His work ethic is second to none,” Hansen said of Webb on Saturday. “So that’s something that they can expect right out of the gate. He has a great arm, and he’s super competitive. So I think those attributes will do him well.
“I think he’s smart enough to know that he’s going to be sitting behind one of the best quarterbacks. So I think he’ll understand that and learn from that.”
Jets third-round pick ArDarius Stewart, a receiver out of Alabama, offered up perhaps the best quote of the Jets’ draft on a conference call last weekend, saying he plans on bringing a “load of awesomeness” to Gang Green’s offense.
He was asked to clarify what that means on Saturday in Florham Park.
“I’m just coming out here and just trying to make a great vibe,” Stewart said. “When you have a great vibe on the team, it’s easier to play, it’s easier to go out there and be happy and have fun. So when I said that, that’s basically what I meant by it.”