NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Chan Gailey is expected to be named the Jets’ new offensive coordinator any day now.
Despite not officially being a part of Todd Bowles’ staff, it appears that he’s already making an impact on the organization.
C.J. Spiller, who will be a free agent after the season concludes, played for Gailey in Buffalo from 2010-12, and he likes the idea of reuniting with his former coach.
“There is that familiarity between me and him in that offense,” Spiller told the New York Daily News on Thursday. “So that would be a perfect match. Who knows what can happen, but I’d be foolish not to have those guys on my list. I had my best years in the league with Chan. So it’d be dumb not to give it serious thought.”
Spiller had the most productive season of his career under Gailey in 2012. Selected to the Pro Bowl that season, the 27-year-old running back rushed for 1,244 yards (6.0 yards per carry) and six touchdowns in Gailey’s offense. He also caught 43 passes for 459 yards and two more scores.
The Jets didn’t have much of a running game in 2014. Chris Ivory will be under contract next season, though new general manager Mike Maccagnan is expected to release Chris Johnson, according to the newspaper.
Maccagnan will have more than $40 million in salary-cap space to play with this offseason, and running back DeMarco Murray will likely be a target of his. But Spiller is certainly not a bad fallback option.
“I have thick skin,” Spiller told the New York Daily News. “I don’t get sensitive to what’s said. I know what type of player I am. I know I can make plays in this league. It’s proven. It’s on tape. I’m not going to let a big market or big city scare me away. I grew up in a small town, but I can adapt very well to new environments.”
Spiller missed seven games this past season with a broken collarbone. He rushed for 300 yards (3.8 yards per carry) but didn’t find the end zone, and added 19 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown.