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

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4. The NY Jets could hire Gary Kubiak

Gary Kubiak makes a lot more sense for the Jets if they're bringing him in to assist Mike LaFleur instead of replacing him. Nonetheless, he deserves a mention on this list.

Saleh was a part of Kubiak's very first coaching staff as head coach of the Texans way back in 2006. He spent five years working under Kubiak before departing to join the Seahawks so the connection there is obvious.

Kubiak is also a disciple of the Shanahan coaching tree, having worked under Mike Shanahan in San Francisco and Denver from 1994 to 2005. The system should be familiar to Kubiak.

Now, it should be noted that Kubiak officially retired from coaching in 2021, but if any team could convince him to come out of retirement, the Jets probably make the most sense because of his connections and familiarity with the system.

3. The NY Jets could hire Nathaniel Hackett

The Jacksonville Jaguars ties run deep on this list as another coach who crossed paths with Saleh and Middleton in Duval County is the recently-fired Nathaniel Hackett.

Hackett may have failed miserably as a head coach with the Denver Broncos, but his near-decade of experience as an offensive coordinator could be valuable to a Jets team searching for veteran guidance.

This might not be the most inspiring option for the Jets, but Hackett is an experienced offensive assistant who has ties to Saleh and Middleton. His father, Paul Hackett, was also the Jets' offensive coordinator from 2001 to 2004.

It's not uncommon for failed head coaches to try and rehab their careers as assistants. Hackett might want to take a year off, but if not, the Jets might come calling.