2014 NFL Free Agency: New York Jets Could Use Past Connections

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Speculation will continue while NFL teams continue planning their offseason approach. It is common approach for teams to follow a trend using coaches and general managers. These individuals often help bring in players from their former teams. This makes sense because football success largely stems from familiarity with schemes. Each person involved tends to have their own philosophy. The New York Jets, who are seemingly trending up after three-consecutive playoff misses, may look at players who possess experience with central organizational figures.

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg runs a West Coast system that largely relies on short, well-timed passes. Mornhinweg helped develop the Philadelphia Eagles into consistent postseason threats over his 10 years there. Now receiver Jeremy Maclin and quarterback Michael Vick are set to become free agents. I have repeated my belief that both would help Gang Green’s pedestrian passing game.

General manager John Idzik played a role in constructing the Seattle SeahawksSuper Bowl-winning team. Perhaps he could assist in recruiting Golden Tate if the pursuit of Maclin fails to form a speedy combination along with current Jet Jeremy Kerley. There are other corner options out there, but one bold move would be to at least inquire about Brandon Browner, who is suspended for 2014.

Head coach Rex Ryan’s reputation rests on his defensive acumen. However, history with the Baltimore Ravens might lead to discussions with tight ends Ed Dickson or Dennis Pita. My predictions for New York’s five biggest free agent moves have already been made, but I wanted to emphasize how staff members could shape future transactions based on previous stops.

Nick Mamary is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @NickMamary1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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