Dunbar, Lynn and Thurman back again

The New York Jets announced that defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, defensive line coach Karl Dunbar and running backs coach Anthony Lynn will all be returning to the Rex Ryan's staff in 2014. Find out why retaining their assistant coaching staff is the right move for the Jets.

Karl Dunbar put on quite the performance in 2013, and now he's slated for an encore.

Dunbar, the New York Jets' defensive line coach, confirmed via Twitter Saturday that he has re-signed with Gang Green.

The 46-year-old assistant coach has helped turn the Jets' defensive front into arguably the NFL's best, getting elite production out of a unit that boasts three first-round picks in as many years. Dunbar has been with the Jets since 2012.

Jets' defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, who served as the defensive backs coach during Rex Ryan's first four years as head coach but was promoted last year following Mike Pettine's departure, is also expected to re-up with New York, if he hasn't already, according to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini.

Re-acquiring Dunbar's services was a no-brainer, and Thurman's presence will provide some much-needed stability in the Jets' defense. This offseason, Thurman will be tasked with repairing a secondary -- or more specifically, a cornerbacks corps -- that is very much in flux after a major dip in production last year.

Running backs coach Anthony Lynn, offensive line coach Mike Devlin and wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal, whose contracts are expiring, are reportedly expected to return, as well.


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