Mike Pettine must feel for Todd Bowles. Each man is a superb defensive coach Marcedes Lewis Jersey White , adept at creating pressure out of nothing like a skilled illusionist, yet neither appear to be suited to run NFL programs. Bowles’ time as head coach in New York will likely finish with a win percentage under .400 and by January will, like Pettine, be a former Jets coach. Calls for Pettine to remain at his post in Green Bay as defensive coordinator ring throughout Cheesehead Nation, but if the team’s new head coach hire wants a fresh start, Bowles could be the most appealing defensive coordinator candidate on the market. Bowles took over Eagles passing defense in 2012 after the team fired former offensive line coach Juan Castillo, who had been promoted by Andy Reid in one of the strangest coaching moves of the last decade. When Philly fired Reid after that season, Bowles left for Arizona, where he schemed the Cardinals defense into one of the league’s best. Without any edge rushers to speak of (sound familiar?) Bowles created a defense around scheming free rushers, much like Pettine, and was the most effective man in football at doing so. In 2013, Bowles’ first season as DC, the Cardinals finished second in DVOA Mike Daniels Jersey , fifth against the pass and first against the run. Injuries crippled the Cardinals in 2014 when just two defensive starters played all 16 games, but Bowles kept them in the top-10 in defense by DVOA, launching him to national prominence and ultimately landing Bowles the Jets’ head coaching job in 2015. The former NFL defensive back hit the grounding running, leading New York to one of the league’s best defenses, top-10 overall, against the pass and rush, with the league’s top rush defense by DVOA.Management’s incompetence in putting quality players on the field handcuffed Bowles’ ability not only to field a quality defense, but a competitive team overall since that first season. The Gang Green struggles shouldn’t be laid at the feet of Bowles, who hasn’t been given much to work with over the course of his tenure with the Jets, but it’s become clear Bowles hasn’t been able to translate his defensive acumen to head coaching ability. Perhaps the similarities between Bowles and Pettine merge once again; each may be better suited as defensive coaches than head coaches. From a fit standpoint, Bowles runs a 3-4 front with an aggressive blitz-centric approach, similar to Pettine’s and easing a potential transition. Though some of the nomenclature has lost its meaning of the years with teams running less and less base personnel, the types of defensive linemen and pass rushers teams look for in different schemes can vary significantly. In this case Jason Spriggs Jersey White , there wouldn’t be a concern over not having the right kind of personnel to run his stuff. None of this is to say Bowles would be a preferable option to Pettine. Continuity remains paramount in the NFL at a time the league has done everything in its power to outlaw playing defense. Communication, scheme awareness and understanding are the few tools defensive players have to combat the ridiculous numbers offenses put up each week. An offensive-minded coach like Lincoln Riley or Eric Bieniemy may walk into Green Bay without a strong feeling as to who should be defensive coordinator, opening the door for Pettine to remain in charge. The same is true for Josh McDaniels, though to a lesser extent and it’s worth noting that Matt Eberflus, the man he tabbed in Indianapolis as his DC before bailing on the Colts, has done an excellent job in Indy with limited talent. But should Pettine not be seen as an ideal fit for whomever Mark Murphy and Brian Gutekunst decide to bring in, Bowles should be considered one of the few other elite defensive coaches ready to fill the void. Players of varied experience levels slot in across our next five-man group in the ranking."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCDTShareTweetShareSharePackers 90-man roster ranking, 70-66: Can Allen Lazard crack Green Bay’s receiver group?Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsWith the Green Bay Packers’ 2019 90-man roster complete and filled out for the start of Organized Team Activities next week, Acme Packing Company is hard at work on our annual ranking of the full roster.After revealing players ranked from 75 to 71 earlier today, we continue on this afternoon with the players in slots 70 through 66. This group has players of varied experience levels: from one who has been in the NFL since 2014 to a pair of undrafted rookies. Here’s a look at the next group of five on our list.70: Randy Ramsey, outside linebackerOne of the Packers’ initial undrafted rookie signings, Ramsey drew interest from the Packers going back to the pre-draft process. He was one of the team’s 30 official visitors, and although he does not possess elite physical tools Womens Bryan Bulaga Jersey , he was able to put together a solid and steady career at Arkansas while playing multiple different positions.Ramsey’s backstory is interesting, however; when Arkansas assistant coach Randy Shannon left for Florida after Ramsey’s freshman year, Ramsey’s primary recruiter was gone and he began to lose his way. His grades reportedly slipped and he ended up being dismissed from the team. A year off rejuvenated his fire for football, however, and he returned to Arkansas (initially without a scholarship) and put together a solid final three years. The perseverance that he displayed in working through his struggles will need to be on display this summer in Green Bay.69: Will Redmond, cornerbackThe Packers snagged Redmond, a former third-round draft pick in 2016, for the practice squad early on in the regular season a year ago, elevating him to the active roster for the final two months of the season. Although he went on injured reserve late in the season, he did suit up in five games for the Packers, primarily on special teams, and recorded one solo tackle.Redmond was an exceptional athlete leaving college, but a torn ACL in 2015 prevented him from working out fully in the lead-up to the 2016 draft. However Womens Aaron Jones Jersey , the 49ers picked him 68th overall, based largely on his projection and pre-injury college production. However, he then tore another ACL at the start of his rookie season and landed on injured reserve before going there again at the start of 2017. In fact, he has been on IR in each of his three years in the NFL, so making it through training camp unscathed might just be a win.68: Kapri Bibbs, running backBibbs entered the NFL in 2014, signing with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent. He then bounced around on their practice squad and active roster for three years before Denver sent him to San Francisco during the 2017 NFL Draft as part of a late draft pick swap. He then stuck with Washington after missing out at final cuts, eventually landing with the Packers late last season on a waiver claim.Bibbs, a self-professed Packers fan, likely has run out the clock on his practice squad eligibility. Given the Packers’ acquisition of Dexter Williams in the 2019 NFL Draft and established players in Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams ahead of him, it will be an uphill climb for Bibbs to make the team.67: Yosh Nijman, offensive linemanWith a better 3-cone time at the 2019 Combine, Nijman might have set a record for the best RAS ever for an offensive tackle. In fact Womens Reggie White Jersey , using his silly Pro Day time of 7.29 seconds would do it for the three-year starter, who started at left tackle for two years before moving to the right side as a senior. His absurd athleticism — 4.88 40 and 4.50 short shuttle at 6-foot-7 and 314 pounds — provides the promise that he could be molded into a productive player by an NFL coaching staff. Though raw in technique, a year on the practice squad could be just what he needs to develop that aspect of his game and continue improving on his absurd athletic ability.66: Allen Lazard, wide receiverAt 6-foot-5 and 227 pounds, Lazard is the definition of the hybrid receiver/tight end player who can create matchup problems for defenses. Indeed, he revealed at the 2018 Combine that the Packers reportedly liked him in that kind of a role before the Jaguars signed him as an undrafted free agent.As a big slot player, Lazard can match up against smaller safeties and his 4.55 speed gives him enough juice to be a problem against slower linebackers. Plus, his 26 touchdowns in college suggest that he could be a serious weapon in the red zone. Don’t be surprised if he makes a surprise run at the roster in camp as a sixth receiver — he could even be competing against Robert Tonyan for a spot, as both players would likely play a similar big receiving role.
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