New York Jets head coach Adam Gase labels his new defensive quarterback, C.J. Mosley, a complete “culture changer.”
Culture, it’s a monumental aspect for any football team yet so tough to gauge. Rarely can NFL decision-makers (or even coaches) know what’s coming prior to training camp. The mix of so many personalities makes for an unpredictable scenario.
Sometimes, however, individuals are already known.
Such is the case for New York Jets defensive quarterback C.J. Mosley. Adam Gase is one man who already knows what the former Alabama standout brings to the table, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
“When we started our process, I think we were shocked because originally you start thinking there’s no way he’s going to be out there,” Adam Gase said at the annual league meetings this week. “There’s no way he’s going to be out there. Then when he hit the market, it was a full-court press for us. He was a culture-changer. He was the type of guy that could help lead that charge in the locker room where the team-building starts the right way.”
Not only was Gase shocked to see such a caliber player make it to the open market, but he’s under the firm belief that his team snagged a “culture changer.”
“He’s been a part of an organization that all of us would say they’ve done things the right way for a long period of time,” Gase said of the Ravens. “They’ve had a lot of great players go through and that culture stayed the same. It started with Ray Lewis, and kept going after he left. C.J. was a big reason for that. We want to be able to start our own deal here where he was kind of that first piece where he can lead that defense, the quarterback of the defense.”
Mosley, 26, represents a four-time Pro Bowl defensive player (in five total seasons).
Missing just three games of a possible 80, the new Jet has tallied 597 total tackles (398 solo). He’s also picked off nine passes, deflected 35, forced six fumbles, recovered five, and successfully sacked the quarterback on 8.5 occasions.
Adam Gase, through his own admission, will allow Gregg Williams to handle the defense. He can rest easy in understanding Williams’s coaching extension on the field, C.J. Mosley, is as professional as anybody comes.