2. The NY Jets could've hired Mike Vrabel
The most recent addition to a star-studded coaching cycle is now-former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel. Vrabel was surprisingly let go by the Titans on Tuesday, and he figures to be at the top of the list of head coaching hires this offseason.
The former NFL linebacker led the Titans to a winning record in each of his first four seasons as a head coach, helping the organization qualify for three consecutive postseasons for the first time since the Houston Oilers days of the early '90s.
The highlights were an AFC Championship Game appearance in 2019 and a 12-win season in 2021. Vrabel has consistently overachieved in Tennessee, which is what makes his departure all the more surprising.
The New England Patriots seem like an obvious landing spot for Vrabel, assuming they move on from Bill Belichick, but the Jets could've made an attempt to keep him away from their rivals if they were in the market for a new head coach.
1. The NY Jets could've hired Jim Harbaugh
Jim Harbaugh is a winner. I honestly hate to resort to such overused tropes to describe his success as a head coach, but there's really no better way to put it. Harbaugh simply wins wherever he goes.
He won at a mid-major college program in San Diego State. He transformed a lowly Stanford team into a 12-win powerhouse. He reached three straight NFC Championship Games in his first three years in the NFL. He won an NCAA National Championship coaching at his alma mater in Michigan.
Harbaugh may rub some people the wrong way. His coaching style and personality don't click with everyone, but there's no denying his success as a head coach at every level of this sport.
With Harbaugh seemingly bound for the NFL once again, some team is going to get their hands on a great head coach. That team might just have been the Jets if they moved on from Robert Saleh.