Joe Douglas ‘glad’ Jets beat Rams regardless of shedding No. 1 choose
Most Jets followers had been clear about their want for the workforce to go 0-16 as soon as it was clear the 2020 season was going nowhere. They had been dreaming of the No. 1 choose within the draft and Clemson star Trevor Lawrence. Then, the Jets pulled off a 23-20 stunning win over the Rams on Dec. 20 and the No. 1 choose went to Jacksonville.
Gamers and coaches celebrated. Followers fumed. However what about basic supervisor Joe Douglas who would have been the one making that number of Lawrence?
“I used to be glad for these guys,” Douglas mentioned Tuesday. “These guys by no means backed down. The week earlier than we had flown out to Seattle and that was a nasty one. Your thought course of was: how are these guys going to reply? Flying again out to the West Coast, taking part in an awesome workforce within the LA Rams and principally main from begin to end, I used to be so happy with the way in which these guys battled. They by no means backed down. I do know simply being within the locker room simply how a lot pleasure and pleasure there was in these guys. There was nobody on this workforce, nobody on this group that needed to go 0-16 and have that scarlet letter on their résumé for the remainder of their profession.”
That win makes Douglas’ job more durable this offseason. As a substitute of the simple resolution of taking Lawrence, he now should weigh whether or not to take a quarterback at No. 2 like Justin Fields or Zach Wilson or persist with Sam Darnold.
Jets CEO and chairman Christopher Johnson mentioned Monday the workforce is searching for a coach to run the complete workforce, a “CEO” kind coach. However what if that coach needs management over personnel, too? That’s at the moment Douglas’ area.
“I feel that’s a superb query to ask Christopher,” Douglas mentioned. “In the end, I feel we’re searching for an awesome companion that’s going to come back in right here, work hand in hand. We’re going to lock arms and we’re going to attempt to flip this factor round collectively. I feel that’s the standard we’re searching for.”
Johnson mentioned Monday that the workforce would contemplate altering its organizational construction to have the brand new coach report back to the GM fairly than have them as equals reporting to possession.
“To me, it’s concerning the particular person,” he mentioned. “That doesn’t matter to me. I simply need to hopefully appeal to the correct particular person, the correct chief into this job.”
Douglas mentioned the workforce needs to carry again security Marcus Maye, who can turn out to be a free agent in March. Douglas mentioned it’s a precedence.
Douglas mentioned he has not spoken to LB C.J. Mosley, who opted out of this season, however has 4 years remaining on the contract he signed with the Jets in 2019. Douglas mentioned he’ll examine in on Mosley quickly.
Douglas on whether or not has any regrets about buying and selling security Jamal Adams to the Seahawks: “I’m glad that Jamal has a chance to compete within the playoffs. I want him success. I’d say we didn’t look within the rearview mirror as soon as we made our resolution on Jamal and we’re enthusiastic about what we had been in a position to obtain within the commerce for him. Now it’s on us to go discover the correct gamers with the sources we acquired within the commerce.”
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