What the Chan Gailey hiring means for Geno

Florham Park, N.J.- With the new era of Jets football officially beginning with the introduction of new general manager Mike Maccagnan and new head coach Todd Bowles, it is time to examine what changes the new regime will bring. Starting with the man who will be responsible for fine-tuning the Jets’ offense, new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.

“I chose Chan because Chan has been an outstanding coordinator for years, pro as well as college football,” said Bowles of why he choose Gailey to be his offensive coordinator. “He can get the most out of the players that he has. He always gets the most out of them.”

Gailey has his work cut out for him as the Jets offense plagued by inconsistent quarterback play. During the 2014 season, the Jets finished last in total passing yards, 30th in passing touchdowns and 15th in interceptions.

While second-year quarterback Geno Smith didn’t make the jump many fans hoped for after finishing his rookie year strong, he wasn’t as bad as some believed.

Smith has been consistently inconsistent during his two-year tenure as the Jets’ starting quarterback. His highs are really high like when he finished with a perfect 158.3 passer rating against Miami, in the Jets’ 37-24 season ending win against the Dolphins. And his lows are really low like his three interceptions in four series against the Buffalo Bills in week eight which resulted in him being benched for backup Michael Vick.

But after regaining his starting job, Smith showed more consistency. He finished with a 97.9 passer rating over the final five games he started, which was seventh-best in the NFL according to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com .

Smith has all the arm talent to be a good starting quarterback in the NFL and his ability to extend plays with his feet is a big plus. As former Jets coach Herm Edwards says, it takes three years to determine what you have in a quarterback and Gailey maybe the best person to help Smith realize his full potential.

Gailey runs a spread offense an offense, which Smith is familiar with from his time at West Virginia. Smith was labeled a project coming out of college and struggled at times to adapt to Marty Morhinweg’s west coast pro-style offense. Specifically, Smith would exhibit poor footwork and make bad reads.

But in Gailey’s offense, Smith will take more snaps out of the shotgun and his reads will be simpler. In short, unlike in his previous offense, Smith’s strengths and comfort levels are utilized more in Gailey’s offense than Mornhinweg’s offense.

Gailey also has a history of getting the best out of his quarterbacks, made hiring him a priority for Bowles.

“He has done it with a lot of different quarterbacks from Kordell Stewart to Ryan Fitzpatrick and at Georgia Tech and so on and so forth,” said Bowles of Gailey.

Bowles also stressed that Gailey’s vast experience including being on the coaching staff during the Steelers run to Super Bowl XXX in 1995, will not only be vital for Smith’s development but the rejuvenation of an offense that scored more than 30 points only once this season.

“We understand that if Geno is our guy going forward, we have to get some people around him and do a lot of things better, said Bowles.”

“Chan is outstanding at that. That made it a priority for me to get him. Obviously, I am a defensive guy, I know the offensive side of the football, but I need somebody over there that has done it for a long time and understands the game inside and out …So that made Chan my pick.”


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