The Jets have one of the best collections of talent on their defensive line but for the third time in four years the team has hired a new man to coach them. When Karl Dunbar left to follow Rex Ryan to Buffalo, only to be fired the year after and end up with Nick Saban at Alabama, members of the Jets defensive line made sure to tell the world how much they love and respect Dunbar. When Todd Bowles fired Pepper Johnson there were no such declarations of love and support.
There was a lot of tensions in the defensive line room, some of the players bumped heads with Johnson. They respected him and what he accomplished on the field but that didn't always translate to the coach-player relationship. Of course Johnson's refusal to talk to reporters about his group mid-season didn't help his case and gave Bowles an easy out to fire him.
So now comes the newest defensive line coach Robert Nunn. Nunn was the defensive line coach for the Browns last year, but was fired after only one year, and he's at least familiar with northern Jersey as he was the Giants defensive line coach for six years working under Tom Coughlin. Nunn has also worked for the Packers, Washington and the Buccaneers.
Nunn will inherit an extremely talented defensive line, although it still seems likely Sheldon Richardson won't remain a part of that group, and now his job will be to get the most out of the talent he has and find a way to make the collection of talent mesh together in a way that maximizes the talent of the group as a whole. It sounds like a relatively easy job, one any defensive line coach should want, but the flip side to that is if he can't find a way to make it worth with so much talent it will be easy to justify firing him.null