The NY Jets should consider hiring these five NFL coordinators this offseason.
We are already one week removed from the conclusion of a forgettable 2020 season where the NY Jets almost joined the 2008 Detriot Lions and the 2017 Cleveland Browns as one of the three teams to go 0-16 in NFL history.
The Jets are now back to square one and are in the market for a new head coach for the seventh time since Woody Johnson bought the team in 2000.
Many fans would surely agree that the next coach should be an experienced NFL coordinator who has worked his way up the NFL ladder and has experience grooming a young quarterback and can change the culture of the Jets after a lifeless two years under Adam Gase.
So here are a few current NFL coordinators that could fit well with the Jets and improve the team’s culture.
1. NY Jets Head Coach Candidate: Brian Daboll, OC, Buffalo Bills
The Jets will interview an array of coordinators from around the league during their search. But one guy that the Jets should definitely consider is Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.
Daboll has gotten a lot of interest around the league after his grooming of quarterback Josh Allen that has turned him into an MVP caliber signal-caller.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott is a defensive-minded head coach so Daboll was the orchestrator of the Bills’ offense this season that was the second-ranked unit behind the Kansas City Chiefs.
One of Daboll’s first big NFL coaching gigs was being the quarterbacks coach of the Jets back in 2007 under Eric Mangini.
2. NY Jets Head Coach Candidate: Robert Saleh, DC, San Francisco 49ers
Robert Saleh has been a head coaching candidate for many teams over the last two seasons, and this time, he might actually receive an opportunity — and he deserves it.
With all of the injuries the 49ers endured this season, Saleh had that defense still playing at a high level and they finished the season fifth in total defense.
Saleh is an energetic emotional head coach who is adored by his players. He will change the culture in the Jets locker room and can get the Jets’ defense back to being top-10 if the team decides to hire him.
The only downside is that he is a more defensive-minded head coach so if they hire Saleh, who he brings in as offensive coordinator will be just as important.
Keep an eye on run game coordinator Mike McDaniel if Saleh is the hire.
3. NY Jets Head Coach Candidate: Eric Bieniemy, OC, Kansas City Chief
This is someone who many fans want as the next head coach. Personally, I don’t hate Bieniemy, but I’m not in love with him like a lot of other fans.
A lot of people look at Bieniemy as Patrick Mahomes’ offensive coordinator which automatically turns people on to the fact that he is going to be the next great head coach because of the MVP’s quick emergence.
However, he is not the primary offensive play-caller for the Chiefs. That was head coach Andy Reid who is an actual offensive mastermind.
Bieniemy is still a good candidate who is widely regarded around the league as a charismatic leader who players love. But while Bieniemy is a worthy candidate for the head coaching job, I wouldn’t put him ahead of Daboll or Saleh.
4. NY Jets Head Coach Candidate: Arthur Smith, OC, Tennessee Titans
Arthur Smith is one candidate that has been gaining more traction since the season ended. And with all six teams in need of a head coach having requested an interview with him, it seems as though Smith is in high demand.
Smith’s time in Tennessee has been pretty impressive and with Mike Vrabel as the head coach. He was the one in charge of the Titans offense that had the fifth highest-scoring offense in the last two seasons and took Ryan Tannehill from an average to a Pro Bowl quarterback.
That’s not even mentioning the work he has done with Derrick Henry. Smith deserves consideration this offseason.
5. NY Jets Head Coach Candidate: Matt Eberflus, DC, Indianapolis Colts
An under-the-radar coach that teams have shown interest in is Matt Eberflus. He has turned the Colts defense into a top-10 unit in a short period of time since being named Colts defensive coordinator in 2018.
Eberflus has ties to the Jets front office as he is an ally in Jets assistant general manager Rex Hogan who used to be a Colts executive. That connection could ultimately give him a leg up on the competition.
Either way, he’s certainly an intriguing candidate to keep an eye on.