Fresh off the market with a new contract extension, Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa knows what qualities he's looking for in New York's next head coach.
The Jets signed Enunwa to a four-year, $36 million deal after the 26-year-old wideout spent four seasons under recently fired head coach Todd Bowles. Enunwa said he didn't want to see Bowles lose his job after the Jets went four consecutive seasons without a playoff berth. But he's aware of the type of head coach his team needs to turn its luck around."I just want somebody who can help us win," Enunwa said. "No nonsense. [Someone who] can really crack down. Keep everybody on a standard."
Enunwa's teammates agreed, in that they want a head coach who will take the reins on New York.
"Gotta be a great leader," LB Avery Williamson said on the qualities he's looking for in a head coach. "Someone that knows how to build a team and get a team to where we want to go."
The Jets want a winning season, first and foremost. But they also want to address the discipline problems they faced under Bowles' tenure. In the days leading up to Week 17, CB Trumaine Johnson missed practice and meetings and was inactive for the Jets' season finale against the Patriots for disciplinary reasons. "We're right there, we just need an extra little push. Someone that's going to make the right decisions," Williamson added.
First-year QB Sam Darnold echoed his linebacker, saying he wants "someone who can come in here and lead." He also exemplified self-reflection, accepting his part in New York's 4-12 season.
"I'm very confident in our guys and our ability to win games. We just have to look ourselves in the mirror and figure out what we can improve and do that in the offseason," Darnold said.
Jets CEO Christopher Johnson spoke with the team early Monday morning to outline New York's future.
"It was a positive message," Williamson said of the meeting. "[Johnson] definitely wants this team to move forward in the right direction. He's definitely going to find a coach that best fits this team."