The Jets made another Athletic Care and Performance department that will adjust the training, strength and conditioning, and nourishment staffs. Dr. Brad DeWeese was named director of high performance to regulate new head strength and conditioning coach Mike Nicolini and others.
“After a thorough review of our sports performance areas,” general manager Joe Douglas said in a statement, “it became clear that in order to maximize our players’ health, safety and effectiveness on the field, we needed to establish a centralized group that would better position our team for success.”
Nicolini followed Jets mentor Robert Saleh from the 49ers, where he was an assistant strength coach. One of his game-day responsibilities in his former job was limiting the excitable defensive coordinator Saleh from running on the field and drawing a sideline penalty.
The Jets terminated head strength coach Justus Galac and assistant Joe Giacobbe a week ago. Galac joined the team in 2012 and was raised in 2013, and Giacobbe, a previous Rutgers football player, got on in 2017.
Wounds wrecked the 2020 Jets before the season even got in progress. Douglas focused on the change will profit players.
DeWeese is a NFL rookie who was assistant athletic director for sports performance and a tenured associate professor at East Tennessee State. He recently was the head of sports physiology for the United States Olympic Committee’s Winter Division.
Different augmentations are director of sports science Dr. Matt Sams, assistant director of higher performance Dr. Robert Sausaman and assistant strength coach Dr. Omar Ahmad.
“It is important to invest in resources and technology where you can remove your opinion and you can look at the information: What it’s telling us and what do you think it means, what should it add,” DeWeese said in a statement. “And we can move forward with a discussion with everyone on equal footing in a performance model. You remove defense mechanisms, empower everybody and it drives innovation.”