The New York Jets have endured a tough time of it during a disappointing 2014 season. The franchise's 3-11 season is likely to see be followed by a fairly major overhaul as a result, with head coach Rex Ryan, and General Manager John Idzik rumored to be heading for the exit door.
Now, speaking after being picked up on waivers by the Detroit Lions this week, former Jets cornerback Josh Thomas has given the world an insight into just what has been going wrong in New Jersey.
Talking specifically about the Jets' current coaching methods it is clear that Thomas at least was far from impressed with the way the likes of Ryan handle their roster. And, after hearing his thoughts, the Jets fan base is unlikely to be doing cartwheels either - especially considering their current plight.
"i'm so focussed on what I missed the most, (which) is being coached. Being coached by my coach. I suffered there the most because I was not getting better," Thomas explained after his first session in Detriot.
"I felt I wasn't given the attention necessary, as far as being engaged from the coaches, from a player's standpoint," the cornerback continued.
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The revelation is certainly a worrying one for those looking to pinpoint where it has all gone wrong for the Jets this season. Unable to find a consistent winning formula on the gridiron it would have been assumed that the Jets would have been on their players backs non-stop in a bid to get the best out of them.
Thomas though gave further details on the standoffish environment in New York:
"It came to where I was there as a player, and wanting and desiring some feedback that wasn't given. Sometimes I may have been standing there with deer (in the headlights) look in my eyes trying to figure out what I needed to do."
Thomas, who only appeared in one game for the Jets this season, was released by the franchise on Tuesday just 24 hours after having had the team's playbook iPad stolen from the trunk of his car.
Having previously appeared for the Seahawks, Cowboys, and Carolina Panthers the former fifth-rounder is certainly well-qualified to compare the coaching methods across the NFL. Clearly those of the New York Jets didn't stack up to much.
Now with the Detroit Lions it seems like things couldn't be more different.
"It was just that warm welcoming, especially coming from the New York Jets...after what I experienced there, and just having a really rough week, it was just really uplifting."
What do you think Jets fans? Is it time for major changes and if so, what has to be done? Let us know in the comments section below...
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