I told to you guys last week about New York Jets defensive backfield coach Dennis Thurman and the fact that he’s one of the best secondary coaches that I’ve ever been around. I thought he would be a great candidate for the Eagles defensive coordinator’s position.
Jay Glazer of Foxsports has just reported that the Oakland Raiders asked for permission to interview Thurman for their defensive coordinator’s job but the Jets denied permission for them to talk to him. That’s quite a move by the Jets and it showed that they value Thurman’s role on that football team, which has been to the AFC Championship the last couple of years with a rookie and second-year quarterback.
Thurman is a life-long football guy. He knows how to motivate players and put together a defensive game plan. I’ve known Dennis since I was a freshman at USC, when he used to chew me out if did something wrong on my zone drops.
Thurman has a great defensive mind. He wasn’t fast but he played cornerback in the NFL and safety, while picking off 36 passes during his career.
I’m not the only one who thinks Thurman is one of the keys to the New York Jets success.
Obviously, Rex Ryan is aware of Thurman’s importance to the New York Jets organization. Hopefully the Eagles will bring somebody in here who has Thurman’s expertise.
I’ll try to find out what’s going on. I’m sure that Thurman wasn’t pleased to hear get that information and the Jets will likely give him some type of raise and a promotion of some type to keep him happy.