The New York Jets officially announced a few changes in their 2013 coaching staff, most notably the promotion of tight ends coach Mike Devlin to offensive line coach, replacing the departed Dave DeGuglielmo.
DeGuglielmo was fired along with offensive coordinator Tony Sparano after one season with the team. Devlin (above, center) had been the Jets’ tight ends coach and assistant offensive line coach for the past five seasons.
Prior to his coaching career, which also included a four-year stint with the Arizona Cardinals, Devlin played parts of seven seasons in the NFL as an offensive lineman with the Cardinals and the Buffalo Bills. After Devlin’s promotion, the Jets signed former Cleveland Browns tight end coach Steve Hagan to the same position and former NFL lineman Ron Heller as their assistant offensive line coach.
Putting Devlin in charge of the offensive line is an interesting move, especially considering the poor state of the Jets tight ends, who have been notoriously bad blockers during his tenure with the team.
However, it’s hard to blame the coaching staff for not being able to develop a solid blocking tight end, considering both of the Jets’ top two tight ends, Dustin Keller and Jeff Cumberland, were wide receivers in college.
Considering the skill level and quality of the players Devlin was working with, he actually did a reasonably good job getting anything at all out of them. Moving to offensive line coach shouldn’t be much trouble for him at all.