The Yellow Jackets are looking to rebound after missing the playoffs in 2017.

ELSA — When Edcouch-Elsa ISD hired Bradly Chavez to be the Yellow Jackets’ newest head coach, one new assistant was sitting by his side at December’s introductory press conference.

The assistant coach is James Jefferson, a former NFL defensive back with the Seattle Seahawks who also played five seasons in the CFL. Chavez brought Jefferson aboard to be his defensive coordinator.

Jefferson will work with a defensive group that allowed 218.0 yards per game, the fewest among the four Mid-Valley 5A schools in 2017. He is putting his fingerprints on E-E’s defense.

“I don’t know what they (E-E) ran last year,” Jefferson said. “I’m not trying to be rude or mean about it, but it doesn’t matter what they ran last year. I saw how the guys played, but I didn’t pay attention to what they went. I know what we’re running this year.”

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