Thursday, February 5, 2009

Jets hire new DL coach Kerry Locklin

Dan Quinn's replacement on the defensive line is former Fresno State defensive line coach Kerry Locklin. The 49-year old Locklin is considered an excellent teacher, coaching the Bulldogs defensive line for the past eight years. He developed two WAC defensive players of the year (including former Jet draft pick Alan Harper) and has had at least one of his linemen earn all-WAC honors for five years running.

On the surface, it looks like a good hiring. We'll see how it translates to the field when the time comes. For his full Fresno State biography, click here.

In other coaching news, Mike Devlin will return as assistant offensive line/tight ends coach. It will be his fourth season with the Jets.

But if you really want some juice, check out Rich Cimini's blog and these quotes by Ray Lewis regarding a possible move to follow his coordinator to the Jets.

"That opportunity by itself seems attractive. It sounds right. It's like, wow, if something does happen where I'm not back in Baltimore, hmm, the Jets wouldn't be bad."

"It's a young Jets team that has a lot of talent across the board where if you (add) 52 in that equation, that team goes from being okay to 'Let's go win this.' That scenario by itself is always attractive."

It's way too early to have any definitive clue, but that's what the early offseason in any sport is for: mindless speculation. But imagine Ray Ray next to David Harris in the middle behind Kris Jenkins...