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Thurman not worried about Revis rumors or play-calling duties
With free agency set to begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday, and the NFL draft more than a month away, the state of the Jets roster remains unclear. And, of course, no one yet knows the status of cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Including new defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman.
Thurman said he only spoke to his star player about his rehabilitation when Revis was at the Jets facility. Since then, Thurman said he hasn’t spoken to Revis about the trade speculation and isn’t worried about how Revis’ uncertain status for 2013 will affect his ability to coach.
"I was always taught about not getting overly emotional about losing a guy," Thurman said during a Monday conference call with reporters. "In terms of Darrelle getting hurt last year, we had to move on and we had to continue to play. They're not going to cancel the games.
"Our mindset is, we coach who's here."
Thurman reiterated that he still isn’t sure how the play-calling duties will be divvied up, nor is he concerned about it. Thurman said “it’s not important to me” whether he or coach Rex Ryan made the defensive calls during games. Former defensive coordinator Mike Pettine shared the responsibility with Ryan during his tenure with the Jets, but chose to leave this offseason to create a name for himself with the Bills.
Thurman, the Jets former secondary coach, said he’s fine with Ryan calling the plays.
“It’s not who calls the plays, it’s how we execute,” Thurman said, adding that he’ll remain on the sidelines with Ryan.
With so many question marks concerning the Jets roster, Thurman isn’t yet sure if the Jets will use more 4-3 fronts (“We’ll let our personnel dictate that”) next season or, for example, if former first-round pick Quinton Coples will be used more as an edge-rusher (“Can he be used more as a defensive end? Sure. But right now, we’re in the process of evaluating everything.”)
Thurman, who is in the midst of evaluating free agents, said he’s spent the past six weeks watching cut-ups of the 2012 season in order to determine whether breakdowns were the result of the Jets’ defensive schemes or their personnel.
Asked what he learned during his research, Thurman said: “That we need to improve.”