Longtime NFL assistant is the 'perceived front runner' for the NY Jets OC job

NY Jets, Darrell Bevell
NY Jets, Darrell Bevell / Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

The NY Jets have been connected to roughly a dozen different names in their search for an offensive coordinator over the last week or so, but one name has seemingly emerged as the favorite.

SNY's Connor Hughes noted on Monday that Miami Dolphins pass game coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Darrell Bevell, is the "perceived front runner" for the Jets' offensive coordinator position.

Bevell is reportedly set to interview with the Jets this week, the third known candidate to interview for the job, along with Philadelphia Eagles passing game coordinator Kevin Patullo and New England Patriots tight ends coach Nick Caley.

Bevell's ties to Jets head coach Robert Saleh and his extensive history as an offensive coordinator at the NFL level make him an obvious fit for the job, even if he's had some unspectacular stints with the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars in recent years.

That said, Bevell is attracting interest from other teams, with the Washington Commanders requesting an interview with the veteran coach for their offensive coordinator job.

Darrell Bevell makes plenty of sense for the NY Jets

Bevell has been coaching at the NFL level for over 20 years now with his most successful stint coming as the offensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks from 2011 to 2017.

It was in Seattle that he helped develop Russell Wilson while helping lead the Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory in 2014. Unfortunately, Bevell will forever be tied to one of the most infamous play calls in NFL history in the following year's Super Bowl. Yes, we're talking about that play.

Bevell found some success in Detroit and even coached five games as the team's interim head coach after Matt Patricia was fired, but his stint was ultimately derailed by Patricia's shortcomings.

The same was true for his ill-fated one-year stint in Jacksonville under Urban Meyer the following season. But hey, at least Bevell got another crack as an interim head coach after Meyer was let go.

Bevell checks all the boxes for the Jets. He has 15 years of offensive coordinator experience in the NFL, has ties to the current coaching staff, and has some impressive notes on his resume.

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He'll catch some heat for his lackluster tenures with the Lions and Jaguars, but Bevell is exactly what the Jets are looking for. It's no surprise to see that he's an early favorite for the team's offensive coordinator job.