9 veteran offensive coordinators the NY Jets could hire to replace Mike LaFleur

Justin Fried
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8. The NY Jets could hire Jay Gruden

If the Jets are looking for an experienced offensive mind to join their staff, Jay Gruden makes a ton of sense. The former Washington head coach may not have direct ties to Robert Saleh, but that doesn't mean he has no connections to the Jets' staff.

Gruden has actually crossed paths with Jets tight ends coach/assistant head coach Ron Middleton on multiple occasions, first in Tampa Bay from 2004-2006 and later in Jacksonville in 2020.

There's some familiarity there, and Gruden has ample experience as an offensive coordinator and play-caller during his 20+ years in the NFL. He spent the 2022 season serving as an offensive consultant with the Los Angeles Rams.

Perhaps Gruden stays in Los Angeles and succeeds departed offensive coordinator Liam Coen (or even Sean McVay). Or perhaps the Jets give him a call and ask him to return to the east coast.

7. The NY Jets could hire Greg Olson

Another member of that Rams staff the Jets could look at is longtime NFL assistant Greg Olson. Olson crossed paths with Saleh in Jacksonville where he served as the team's offensive coordinator for two years in 2015 and 2016.

He most recently spent time as the OC of the Raiders from 2018 to 2021 before joining the Rams as a senior offensive consultant in 2022. Much like Gruden, Olson could be a candidate to replace Coen as the Rams' new offensive coordinator.

If not, it would make a ton of sense to bring Olson to New York. He's spent the vast majority of his career as either an offensive coordinator or quarterbacks coach and has some familiarity with Saleh and Middleton.

Olson makes more sense as a direct replacement for LaFleur, but perhaps he could be convinced to join the staff in another role.

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