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Jets assistant coach Mike Smith leaving for Texas Tech

A Jets team that is expected to make significant changes to its roster, front office and coaching staff during the offseason has seen its first coaching change, albeit a small one.

Mike Smith, the Jets’ outside linebackers coach, will leave after the season to become co-defensive coordinator at Texas Tech, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Smith’s departure, especially in the wake of the news that defensive coordinator Mike Pettine turned down a contract extension, could be a sign of disarray on the Jets’ coaching staff. And that wouldn’t be surprising, considering the circus of a season the Jets have had. But Texas Tech is Smith’s alma mater, and it just hired his friend and former teammate Kliff Kingsbury as its head coach, so the more likely explanation is just that Smith sees this as the right move for personal reasons.

Smith’s move will, however, ensure at least one change on the Jets’ staff this offseason. More are likely coming.

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12 Responses to “Jets assistant coach Mike Smith leaving for Texas Tech”
  1. pj1983a says: Dec 23, 2012 7:57 AM

    Like rats from a sinking ship…

  2. giantboy99 says: Dec 23, 2012 8:01 AM

    Smart move

  3. gavriloprincip33 says: Dec 23, 2012 8:02 AM

    The bleeding has begun…

  4. golforepar says: Dec 23, 2012 8:03 AM

    Since the Jets will have an all new staff in ’13. Smart move!

  5. Heisenberg says: Dec 23, 2012 8:19 AM

    Tebow will be TT’s new quarterback coach.

  6. hehateme2 says: Dec 23, 2012 8:35 AM

    Disarray is one of the best words to explain the mess of a franchise in NJ.

  7. drewsylvania says: Dec 23, 2012 8:56 AM

    When Rex goes, the rest of the staff will follow.

  8. fuglyflorio says: Dec 23, 2012 9:02 AM

    Run away … run away … run away !!!

  9. pisano says: Dec 23, 2012 9:27 AM

    The first man leaving the ship of fools, but there should be more to come, stay tuned.

  10. larrydavid7000 says: Dec 23, 2012 10:52 AM

    SMART MAN. DISTANCE YOURSELF FROM THAT CIRCUS. HA HA what a joke of an organization.

  11. rollerino1 says: Dec 23, 2012 11:50 AM

    And so it begins…..

  12. fdugrad says: Dec 23, 2012 2:26 PM

    Turning down an extension “COULD” be sign of disarray?! That’s a good one!!

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