6. The NY Jets could've hired Raheem Morris
Another top head coach candidate with a similar defensive background to Quinn is Raheem Morris. The current Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator has received rave reviews for his leadership style and defensive acumen in recent years.
He actually comes from the Dan Quinn coaching tree, having spent six years as an assistant coach under Quinn. What makes Morris appealing, aside from his experience as an NFL head coach, is that he's worked on both sides of the ball.
Morris has primarily been a defensive coach throughout his career, but he served as the Falcons' wide receivers coach and pass game coordinator under Quinn before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2020.
Morris is another member of that famed Washington coaching staff that learned under former head coach Mike Shanahan. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him finally receive another shot as a head coach this year.
5. The NY Jets could've hired Aaron Glenn
Aaron Glenn is a name that should be very familiar to Jets fans, as the former Pro Bowl cornerback spent the first eight years of his career playing in New York from 1994-2001.
Since retiring, Glenn has made waves in the coaching world, working his way up from defensive backs coach to one of the top defensive minds in the sport. It seems like only a matter of time before he receives his first head coach opportunity.
Glenn previously worked for the Jets as a personnel scout from 2012-2013, so he has experience with the organization aside from his playing career. It would be a storybook tale for him to return to his first NFL home as the team's next head coach.
It won't happen this year, however. Glenn will either return for a fourth season as the Detroit Lions defensive coordinator or be offered a head coach job elsewhere,