In life, you can sometimes kill two birds with one stone.
By an action that occurs, it can have a ripple effect on several other things. For example, one move the New York Jets could consider this offseason is to draft or sign a center.
By doing this, they could then move Connor McGovern to right guard. So, in theory, one move could kill two birds with one stone.
We saw another example of this in the coaching ranks this week in the NFL.
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A quick history lesson
Former Jets offensive assistant Mick Lombardi is heading to the West Coast to become the Las Vegas Raiders’ new offensive coordinator, per adam schefter from ESPN.
Most recently, he was the receiver coach for the New England Patriots from 2020 to 2021. Lombardi joined the NFL coaching ranks in 2013 with the San Francisco 49ers organization. Before that, he was a scouting assistant for the Pats from 2011 to 2012.
After serving in various roles as an assistant head coach, as an offensive and defensive assistant, and finally as a quality control coach, he joined the Jets organization in 2017.
He ended up spending two years with the team under Todd Bowles, but left town after a coaching change.
Lombardi is best known as the son of the former general manager and longtime league manager Michael Lombardi.
Two birds, one stone
We talked earlier about the analogy of one stone versus two birds, well that’s another great example. With the Raiders bringing in Lombardi, they in turn weaken the New England Patriots.
Josh McDaniels is now the head coach after serving as the Patriots’ offensive coordinator for the past decade. In total, McDaniels spent over 18 years as a New England staffer in two separate stints.
During this time he made many connections and McDaniels cashed those bringing several key Patriots assistants with him to the Raiders, including:
- Carmen Bricillo, offensive line coach
- Bo Hardegree, quality control/quarterbacks coach
In addition to those losses, the Pats are also expected to be without running backs coach Ivan Fears, who is considering retirement.
Currently, New England does not have a readily available replacement. On staff they have Joe Judge and Matt Patricia, but neither of them have experience calling games.
This coming season is a huge year in the development of former Alabama quarterback Mac Jones. Although he is coming off of a very good year, not having the same attacking support system he had during his rookie campaign could be a blow.
Bill Belichick is taking his time revamping his team ahead of the 2022 season, but it’s safe to say there’s a lot of work to do for New England and that’s good news for the Jets.
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