By David Newton | ESPN Staff WriterRyan Fitzpatrick said he is excited to coach a new team, and his focus is on developing an offense that will challenge opponents to make tough throws and score touchdowns.
New York Jets coach Todd Bowles said he would like to see the offense get to that level quickly.
“The last two weeks, I have a lot of confidence in my players.
We are going to get to the level where we can be great,” Fitzpatrick said Wednesday.
“We have a couple of guys that are really hungry.
I’m excited to see how this offense can get to those places.
I think we are going in a good direction.
I have some guys in the building who are really confident, and they are going down and playing hard every week.
I am very confident that we are building a really good offense.”
The Jets have already taken steps toward improving their offense with the additions of rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, a veteran wide receiver, a defensive lineman and a running back in the first two weeks.
Newman has coached in the NFL for four seasons, and was the defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders in 2011.
He’s had success with quarterbacks and wide receivers.
Newton said he and Bowles have discussed getting Mariota in the playbook more, and the two are excited about how the young signal-caller is adjusting to the new offense.
“He has a really big head, he’s got a really strong arm,” Fitzpatrick told the Jets’ website.
“He’s not one of those guys who is just a little quick or a little slow, but he’s really smart.
I’ve coached quarterbacks that were a little bit slower, a little more timid.
But he’s very confident in what he can do.
I love that.
I can’t wait to get him in the game.”
Bowles, who was a special teams coach with the Raiders, is coming off his first season with the Jets, but it’s a new role with the organization.
The team was eliminated from the playoffs in 2015 with a 7-9 record and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
Newson said he expects the Jets to have success in 2017.
“I think we have a really great offense, and we’re going to have a chance to go in the playoffs,” he said.
“I think the guys that have been there before have been able to do it.
And I think the players that are coming in, I think they are ready to go and I think that will be a great opportunity for us to make some noise.”
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