Ranking the 4 best offensive coordinator candidates for the NY Jets

Justin Fried
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4. NY Jets OC candidate: Brian Johnson

Of the six candidates the Jets have interviewed so far, the one that intrigues me the most is Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson.

Johnson may only be 35 years old, but the former Utah standout has found success with every coaching job he's had. Following a four-year stint at his alma mater, Johnson left to become Dak Prescott's QB coach at Mississippi State.

He spent a year as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Houston before a job opened up at the University of Florida under his old friend and coach, Dan Mullen.

Johnson was promoted to offensive coordinator at Florida in 2020 where he oversaw a monster, record-setting season from Kyle Trask. That was enough to earn him his first NFL job as the quarterbacks coach of the Eagles.

Johnson has quickly risen up the coaching ranks and has the offensive coordinator experience the Jets are looking for, even if it's not at the NFL level. The former NCAA video game cover athlete was an OC at Utah, Houston, and Florida before joining the Eagles' coaching staff.

In Philadelphia, Johnson has helped develop Jalen Hurts from a project of a mid-round draft pick into a legitimate All-Pro quarterback this season. It's no surprise that Johnson has received some offensive coordinator consideration in the NFL.

Rather than run it back with a retread like Nathaniel Hackett or Marcus Brady, and rather than go for inexperienced coaches with less encouraging resumes like Nick Caley and Chad O'Shea, the Jets should seriously consider Brian Johnson.

If the Jets are going to give the job to another inexperienced candidate, Johnson is the most appealing to me.

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