ROB CALABRESE returns for his third season as the quarterbacks coach, after initially joining the New York Jets as part of Robert Saleh's first staff in 2021. For Calabrese, he continues his work with the Jets quarterbacks after two seasons in Denver.
Under Calabrese's lead this past season, the Jets saw three different quarterbacks record at least two games of 300+ passing yards, becoming the only team in the NFL to do so. Quarterback Mike White became just the fifth player in NFL history to record 350+ passing yards in at least two of their first five career starts, after doing so at Minnesota (12/04/22) and vs. Cincinnati (10/31/21). Additionally, Calabrese helped quarterback Joe Flacco become the first player with two passing touchdowns in the final 2:00 of a fourth quarter during the team's victory at Cleveland (09/18/22), while second-year quarterback Zach Wilson finished the season top 10 in the NFL in a variety of fourth quarter statistics.
In his first season with the Jets (2021), Calabrese saw production from the entire room, specifically improvement from Wilson as a rookie. Over the final seven weeks, Wilson ranked in the top half of NFL starters (min. 100 attempts) in total touchdowns and in the top five in fewest turnovers. He closed the season without an interception in 156 passing attempts, the longest rookie streak in franchise history and longest streak by a Jets QB since 2000.
In addition to Wilson's development, all three other quarterbacks under Calabrese contributed, as White became the first QB in NFL history with 300+ passing yards and a 75+ completion percentage in their first start after throwing for 405 yards and three touchdowns vs. Cincinnati (10/31/21). Additionally, Flacco, acquired midseason, posted a 100+ passer rating in his only start, and Josh Johnson, appearing in a game for the first time in three seasons, became just the fifth QB in the last 30 seasons to not start a game and still throw for 300+ yards at Indianapolis (11/04/21).
Before joining the Jets, Calabrese spent two seasons with Denver (2019-20), where he worked with a number of quarterbacks as the Broncos were forced to use five different starters as a result of injury. During Calabrese's first season in the NFL (2019), rookie quarterback Drew Lock started the final five games, compiling a 4-1 record, while Joe Flacco, who started the first eight, completed 65.3% of his passes, the best mark in his 13-year NFL career.
Prior to joining the Broncos, Calabrese coached college football at Wagner College (2016-18) and his alma mater, Central Florida (2014-15). At Wagner, he helped direct an offense that averaged 28 points per game (2018), an almost seven point per game improvement from the previous season, and the school's best average in nine seasons. At UCF, he worked with the team's quarterbacks and wide receivers as a graduate assistant and was selected as one of 30 coaches for the NCAA-AFCA Future Football Coaches Academy. Before his start in college coaching, Calabrese spent a season at Oviedo (FL) HS coaching quarterbacks.
A quarterback and wide receiver at Central Florida, Calabrese finished his college career passing for 1,276 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushing for 494 rushing yards and two touchdowns. A three-year starter at East Islip (NY) HS, he earned the Boomer Esiason Award as Suffolk County's top quarterback as a junior and senior and broke Esiason's school records for career passing yardage (3,992) and touchdowns (34).
Calabrese and his wife, Taylor, have two sons, Kayden, and Cooper.
New York Jets | 2021-Present
Quarterbacks - 2021-Present
Denver Broncos | 2019-20
Offensive Quality Control - 2019-20
Wagner College | 2016-18
Offensive Coordinator - 2017-18
Running Backs/Assistant Special Teams Coordinator - 2016
UCF | 2014-15
Graduate Assistant - 2014-15
Oviedo (FL) HS | 2013
Quarterbacks - 2013
UCF (Quarterback) - 2008-12