The NY Jets have requested to interview four head coach candidates.
The NY Jets have already begun to request interviews with potential head coaches shortly after the firing of Adam Gase. And as of Monday afternoon, they had already put in a request to interview four possible candidates.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported earlier in the day that both the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions had put in a request to interview Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. He later indicated that the Jets followed suit and did the same.
Schefter also reported that the Jets had put in a request to interview Indianapolis Colts’ defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus and that they planned to interview Tennessee Titans’ offensive coordinator Arthur Smith.
The Texans also requested to interview Eberflus while all six teams with a head coach vacancy either formally requested to interview Smith or planned to in the near future.
Finally, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that the Jets had put out an official request to interview Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.
The Jets insisted that they would “cast a wide net” when it comes to searching for a head coach this offseason and that appears to be the case. Expect plenty more candidates to pop up in the coming days and weeks.
The NY Jets were expected to interview all four of these candidates
None of the four names that have already been officially connected to the Jets should come as a surprise. In fact, of the four listed above, only Daboll was not mentioned in Ian Rapoport’s shortlist he released this past weekend.
But Daboll has been heavily connected to the Jets in the past and they’re far from the only team that will be interested in him. The Los Angeles Chargers appear to be the frontrunner to land the former Alabama co-offensive coordinator.
Bieniemy is probably the most notable name on the list to casual fans. The Chiefs’ assistant has been an integral part of arguably the most dynamic offense the NFL has seen in quite some time.
Even though he doesn’t call plays, it still seems like a near-guarantee that he gets a head coaching job this offseason. Perhaps that will be with the Jets, but other teams are certainly interested.
Eberflus is an interesting name that many might not be familiar with, but he’s garnering plenty of attention this coaching cycle. The 50-year-old coaching veteran is considered one of the best defensive play-callers in the NFL and is looking for his first head coach position.
As for Smith, there may not be a hotter name on the coaching market this offseason — at least in terms of NFL assistants. The young, rising coordinator has revolutionized the Titans’ offense maximizing Derrick Henry’s talents and revitalizing the career of Ryan Tannehill.
It would be a fun twist of irony if the man who saved Tannehill’s career were to replace the man who arguably stunted it in Adam Gase.
The Jets will have their options this offseason, and while there are expected to be many more candidates interviewed, these four names are a good start to what should likely be a long, drawn-out process.