Q: How did the virtual offseason program go?
Gase: I think it’s the most meeting time that any of us as coaches ever had with our players. Usually when you hit Phase Two, you get on the field and try to slam in (the classroom teaching). So this was a great way for us to be able to really slow things down, show examples, go through our installs very, very detailed. And when there was any kind of gray (areas), guys were able to ask questions and take their time, to be able to make sure they understand.
The key to the whole thing is going to be in training camp to be able to hit the ground running and take that information they acquired this offseason.
Leberfeld: This extensive classroom work will be great for some players who will really benefit once the team hits the field. However, there are other players who learn better on the field as opposed to learning it in the classroom. Some need extra one-on-one tutoring from assistant coaches on the field to retain information. They just learn better that way.
Once the Jets hit the field for training camp, Gase and his assistant coaches will find out who truly benefitted from the virtual offseason program, and which players learn better from doing rather than talking.
Q: How much did the lack of spring practices hurt the development of rookie receiver Denzel Mims?
Gase: As far as Mims goes, when you’re a rookie, it’s good that we had this amount of time as far as virtual offseason goes for him to be able to learn things. The hardest part is us not being on the field where he can actually run routes, run concepts, line up with the guys he’s actually going to be playing with. Everything is going to be put in fast-forward when we get to training camp, and it’s all going to be about how he handles all those type of things.
Leberfeld: All players are hurt to a degree by not having a true offseason program, but a rookie receiver, who needs work on his route-running, route tree, and line release, could really be set back.
Mims has incredible raw talent, with great size, speed, leaping ability and hand-eye coordination. However, it’s no secret that he needs a lot of work on routes and getting off the line. We wrote about this extensively in the last issue.
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