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Head coach Rex Ryan continues to round up more coaches for his staff.
On Saturday, the team announced the addition of defensive quality control assistant Jim O’Neil and defensive assistant Jeff Weeks.
O’Neil played high school football in Philadelphia, where Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was an assistant coach. Most recently, O’Neil spent the past three seasons as recruiting coordinator and safeties coach at Eastern Michigan.
Weeks worked with Rex Ryan’s brother, Rob, as a defensive assistant in Oakland last season. Weeks also worked with Rex Ryan at Morehead State in 1990-91 and at Oklahoma in 1998.
Weeks also was a college roommate and teammate of Rex and Rob Ryan at Southwest Oklahoma State.
So, basically, when football coaches aren’t making hiring decisions based on nepotism, they’re giving jobs to their friends.

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  1. JakeDSnake says: Jan 24, 2009 1:40 PM

    Any of them friends with Rich Kotite? Any of them related to Herm Edwards? Does this team win more than 9 games next year? Does Kellen Clemens finanlly get it? Confused? You won’t be after this episode of Soap.

  2. Titans says: Jan 24, 2009 1:47 PM

    After all those layoffss, they keep hiring more coaches… .. here is how it went down
    To: All Employees
    From: Human Resources
    RE: Layoffs
    As a result of the reduction of money for department areas, we are forced to cut down on our number of personnel. Under this plan, older employees will be asked to go on early retirement, thus permitting the retention of the younger people who represent our future. Therefore, a program to phase out older personnel by the end of the current fiscal year, via retirement, will be placed into effect immediately.
    This program will be known as SLAP (Sever Late-Aged Personnel). Employees who are SLAPPED will be given the opportunity to look for jobs outside the company. SLAPPED employees can request a review of their employment records before actual retirement takes place.
    This phase of the program is called SCREW (Survey of Capabilities of Retired Early Workers). All employees who have been SLAPPED or SCREWED may file an appeal with the upper management.
    This is called SHAFT (Study by Higher Authority Following Termination). Under the terms of the new policy, an employee may be SLAPPED once, SCREWED twice, but may be SHAFTED as many times as the company deems appropriate.
    If an employee follows the above procedures, he/she will be entitled to get HERPES (Half Earnings for Retired Personnel’s Early Severance) or CLAP (Combined Lump sum Assistance Payment) unless he/she already has AIDS (Additional Income From Dependents or Spouse). After getting HERPES or CLAP employee’s will no longer be SLAPPED or SCREWED by the company.
    Management wishes to assure the younger employees who remain on board that the company will continue its policy of training employees through our Special High Intensity Training (SHIT). This company takes pride in the amount of SHIT our employees receive. We have given our employees more SHIT than any company in this area.
    If any employee feels they do not receive enough SHIT on the job, see your immediate supervisor.
    H. R. Department

  3. Brewster says: Jan 24, 2009 1:52 PM

    C’mon Florio you’re not digging deep enough here.
    What we really need to know is if these guys played Pee Wee football together and which Boy Scout camp they attended during the summer.
    You know the important stuff.

  4. nedirect says: Jan 24, 2009 1:54 PM

    it smells like more football guys are coming to NY. it is better than that smell of rat that was their for the past 3 seasons.

  5. JetPack3 says: Jan 24, 2009 2:10 PM

    We all know the responsibilities of assistants in most fields are not intrinsic to the position, but are established by the person the assistant reports to. These guys have been identified, apparently, as being people capable of performing what RR et al. want them to do, so they may work out.
    That said, however, I’d still like to see coaching assistants with coaching resumes strong enough to impress on their own, rather than resumes that “impress” more by name-dropping, i.e., who they’ve reported to, worked alongside of, or got coffee for.

  6. skinnyvinny says: Jan 24, 2009 2:23 PM

    While many head coaching contracts have clauses that will pay the fired coach for the remainder of his contract, many contracts have a simple severance provision that will pay the individual’s salary for a set period of time that may be significantly less than the remainder of the contract term.

  7. MarkB says: Jan 24, 2009 2:28 PM

    This is a particularly poor take by Florio. The head coach is the boss, and the boss needs to have people he can trust to carry out his program. Whether it’s his brother, or his cousin, or the bartender at his favorite pub, the head coach has the responsibility and the head coach needs to have the freedom to choose his own people. This isn’t like working at an insurance company, and working your way to the top. If you don’t trust the head coach to hire the right people – and some owners don’t – then you shouldn’t hire him in the first place.

  8. Highly Agitated says: Jan 24, 2009 2:33 PM

    I respect your opinion on rampant nepotism. If I may share another perspective…I own a small business, and we often need to hire people. The interviewing process is long, arduous, and often unfruitful. And even when you like a candidate, you never KNOW what they’ll be like to work with and if they’ll help your company thrive. No matter how many tests you give them, there’s always a high degree of uncertainty, and the person you interview might not be the person who ends up working for you, as people are good at putting their best foot forward when they need to.
    So you end up looking for known commodities, and that means family, friends, and friends of friends. Hiring these people eliminates the need to waste hours and hours interviewing strangers, AND it provides a high degree of certainty that these are good people who WILL help your business and fit with your team.
    There is a reason to be suspicous of cronyism and nepotism, especially in government. But when people are trying to create the most effective team they possibly can, it’s no surprise that they turn to people they know. It makes sense.
    Imagine if ESPN had hired Chris Berman’s little brother instead of Emmitt Smith. See?

  9. carpkillah says: Jan 24, 2009 2:35 PM

    Keep your friends close, and your enemies (aka, family) closer.

  10. Bubba Maximus says: Jan 24, 2009 3:15 PM

    Several years ago, I stumbled across an article that appeared in one of those coaching magazines. (If you’re never seen one of them, these mags are forums where coaches share offensive and defensive schemes, off-season conditioning tips, etc.)
    Anyway, this particular magazine contained an absolutely fascinating article that was written by the head coach of a small college team on the West Coast. (Sorry, I don’t remember the coach’s name or school.)
    The article discussed the art and science of putting together a coaching staff. According to the coach who penned the article, the first thing a head coach should look for is assistant coaches who will not stab him in the back.
    Obviously, knowledge of the game (i.e., X’s and O’s) is important, as is the ability to relate to the players.
    However, at the end of the day, when you’re the boss and it’s your a$$ on the line, you must be able to have complete trust in your helpers. You don’t need somebody who will attempt undermine your authority or badmouth you to the other employees. This applies whether you’re coaching a football team or running a hardware store.
    Thus, it’s really quite easy to understand why people in every profession are more likely to hire somebody they know than somebody they don’t.

  11. ChrisJNelson says: Jan 24, 2009 3:23 PM

    How can you possibly criticize a team for hiring people with which they have personal connections and thus familiarity? EVERY business does this and should do this. Why wouldn’t you give someone at least a chance at a job if someone you trust, say a brother, has worked with them before and highly recommends them. That’s not wrong, it’s logical and smart.

  12. pftfreak says: Jan 24, 2009 3:24 PM

    The Jets have a new senior V.P. ……….Brett Favre

  13. shofuh says: Jan 24, 2009 3:27 PM

    I know when I am hiring people for important positions, I always want to hire people who I have never met, worked with or know anything about. That is the best way to make sure you have a winning organization.
    Florio, are you really this stupid? How could you even graduate from high school with thoughts like this?

  14. JetPack3 says: Jan 24, 2009 4:14 PM

    Continuing to think out loud here…
    In “regular” businesses, hiring assistants who have close personal relationships with bosses can result in significant negative impact on the company’s end product, ranging from a mild, watchful disquietude to a rampant, insidious paranoia. All along the line, it has virus potential.
    (Hiring actual family doesn’t fall into this category, it seems to me. That’s a whole ‘nother thing. If a family forms a business, the lines of privilege and responsibility are clearcut and acknowledged. But outside of family, things get grayer, more difficult to determine where the power lies.)
    But in football, maybe it doesn’t matter that much, since if anybody has the word “coach” attached to their title, at any level, it should be clear to a player exactly who’s “above” whom.

  15. Trey says: Jan 24, 2009 5:17 PM

    Florio, Nepotism also means favoritism to friends. So giving jobs to people because their your friends is nepotism. In this case, the men who EARNED the job had a rapport and relationship and were qualified. So is that nepotism? NO!

  16. nflguy says: Jan 25, 2009 2:14 AM

    NEWSFLASH!!!!! Jets new coach hires people he’s familiar with to help him coach the team?? wtf is this article…for real??

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