The NY Jets officially interviewed former Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett for their vacant offensive coordinator position last week, and as it seems, Hackett might just be the team's preferred candidate.
NFL insider Adam Caplan reported on Sunday that Hackett "has a very good chance" to be the Jets' next offensive coordinator if he wants the job. Hackett is one of at least seven known candidates for the position to this point.
Caplan did note that the Jets are looking at "two other guys and some potential coaches who are in the playoffs." That could be referring to Buffalo Bills quarterbacks coach Joe Brady who the team is reportedly interested in interviewing.
With Brady and the Bills now eliminated from the postseason, perhaps the Jets set up an official interview in the near future. Hackett isn't a lock to be the Jets' next OC, but it sure seems as though he has some supporters within the Jets organization.
The NY Jets are strongly considering Nathaniel Hackett
It should come as no surprise that the Jets are interested in Hackett. He has over 15 years of NFL coaching experience, has been an offensive coordinator for numerous teams, and crossed paths with Jets head coach Robert Saleh in Jacksonville.
While Saleh was serving as the Jaguars' linebackers coach from 2014-2016, Hackett was the team's quarterbacks coach following an underwhelming two years as the offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills.
Of course, the red flags with Hackett are obvious. He's fresh off one of the most embarrassingly disastrous head coach tenures in NFL history with the Denver Broncos this past season.
Hackett's offense struggled mightily as Russell Wilson put together easily the worst season of his career. The offense improved marginally once he surrendered play-calling duties, although that's not exactly a positive for Hackett.
On top of that, his time as the offensive coordinator of the Jaguars wasn't exactly impressive, and he did little more than handle red-zone situations as offensive coordinator of the Matt LaFleur-led Green Bay Packers.
There are candidates with a lot more impressive resumes out there, especially ones who haven't publicly embarrassed themselves over the last 12 months.
Still, Hackett's experience and relationship with Saleh are likely two big reasons why the Jets are showing serious interest.
Many Jets fans may not like it, but Nathaniel Hackett is seemingly a strong candidate for the Jets' offensive coordinator job.