The New York Jets are filling out their coaching staff for the 2024 season and one coach is now locked in.
The Jets and defensive line coach Aaron Whitecotton have agreed to terms per Brian Costello of the NY Post.
This was an important move that New York needed to get done. Keeping continuity on the defensive side is key due to their exceptional performance that's been on display these past two seasons.
New York has one of the best defensive lines in the league and Whitecotton plays a huge role in that. In 2023, they were tied for seventh in the NFL in team sacks (48). Additionally, the defensive line accounted for 43 of those takedowns.
The Jets use a heavy rotation upfront to keep their guys fresh throughout the game. Under Whitecotton's watch, the likes of John Franklin-Meyers, Bryce Huff, Jermaine Johnson, and Quinnen Williams have taken massive steps.
In 2023, Huff and Johnson developed into some of the best pass rushers on the Jets. Huff owns a lightning-quick get off and was consistently in the backfield. The Memphis product was second in the league in pressure rate (21.1%) while leading the team in sacks (10).
Johnson took a huge jump in his second season. The 2022 first-round pick made his presence felt on the field during the 2023 season. He went from 29 total tackles to 55 in his year two. Johnson also went from 2.5 sacks to 7.5 sacks under Whitecotton's coaching.
Bringing Whitecotton back into the fold will only have positive repercussions for Gang Green.
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