The Jets hired a head coach with a defensive background, but the offensive mind he is bringing with him may be the key to solving the team’s quarterback issue.
New head coach Robert Saleh is expected to bring Mike LaFelur with him as their offensive coordinator from San Francisco. Lafleur, the younger brother of Packers head coach Matt LaFelur, is the 49th passing-game coordinator.
Lafellur could be the man who took the Jets charge with trying to get Sam Darnold back on track. The team has the decision to try to trade the 23-year-old quarterback that they drafted completely in the third draft in 2018 and try to push it forward or overcome it.
Josh McConn, who played alongside and remained close to Darnold in 2018, believes Darnold could flourish in Lafelur’s offense. LaFleur hopes to run a version of the Kyle Shanahan offense that is used in San Francisco and has become popular around the league.
“I think Sam is in his development and resorted to that kind of reset and stock in everything he did in the last three years, but go ahead and move on, I think that’s the right system to do that , “McKown said. “You take a little bit of pressure off the quarterback to be a great decision maker in a dropback game. It is a heavy run game and play action and play-action football, it is good and easy football because you are fake and then it is usually 1-2-3 type of thing. Play-action football does not necessarily have a full-field read. You can keep an eye on the quarterback and limit his options and help him play better football. “
Shanahan met Kyle’s father, Mike, who popularized it with the Broncos from 1995–2008. It relies heavily on zone runs and the play-action passing from the running game. The Shanhan offense also features more rollouts and plays to get the quarterback out of the pocket. Jeremy Bates was his offensive coordinator when the Jets actually ran a version of it in the deceiving season of Darnold.
“[Darnold] He makes some great plays, but he also makes some bad decisions. “I think when it’s more of a scheduled out of pocket, when it’s a game of movement, what they do, I think that will take some of that decision off. It will give him a better choice.” . I think it would be better for him. “
McConn, who finished the season on Texas, said he saw a lot of Jets play and Darnold struggles this year.
“I think he was trying to win every game with one throw.” “You could just see the disappointment. You hate him I think with the pressure that was on the coaching situation, the circumstances and I think everything forced him into some bad football. The best thing about Sam is that he takes ownership of it and he will work to improve it. “
McConn said the Jets should not give up on Darnold.
“I think he’s given his level of talent and type of kid,” McConn said, “Letting him go with a new crime would be wise just from the point of view of how much you believe in the people you’ve worked with. Is kept. “