While Nathaniel Hackett's laughable offense and Aaron Rodgers' injury have sucked all the fun out of the 2023 NY Jets season, one must remember that it can always be worse. At least the Jets aren't the Carolina Panthers, as Frank Reich oversaw a trainwreck of a season.
Reich was fired after a 1-10 start to the season that has Carolina in line to earn the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, the Bryce Young trade means that pick is currently in possession of the Chicago Bears in what is a very strong draft class.
Reich has Young playing quite poorly, as his QBR and EPA rank near the bottom of the league, and he has mustered just one game with a passer rating over 100. In Carolina's lone win, they scored just 15 points. This coaching staff has big names on it, but they will likely be cleaned out.
The Jets might be able to either replace Hackett as offensive coordinator or find multiple experienced coaches that can assist him and Rodgers in less prominent roles. Todd Downing and Keith Carter are not locks to return, and the Jets could fill the void with these former Panthers.
NY Jets could hire Panthers coaches after Frank Reich firing
OC Thomas Brown was regarded as a rising star in the industry, as he was an assistant head coach under Sean McVay for two seasons prior to taking the Carolina job. With Hackett (allegedly) trying to run a Shanahan/McVay-style offense, Brown could be a solid passing or run-game coordinator.
Jim Caldwell has been linked to head coaching jobs for years, and he remains one of the more respected veteran offensive minds in the league. Caldwell played a role in the success of both Peyton Manning and Matthew Stafford, so having his brain around to pick could be quite helpful.
Assistant head coach Duce Staley will likely get an HC job at some point in the future, and those around him seem to adore him. On a team clearly lacking juice and fire, Staley would be a major shot in the arm.
Hiring one of these coaches is essentially taking a gamble on Young and the personnel they were given being so inept that no one can coordinate them effectively. If the Jets' intuition is proven correct, they can add some solid offensive coaches who can try their best to give New York an actual NFL offense while working around Hackett.