The NY Jets had reportedly been eyeing Miami Dolphins pass game coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Darrell Bevell, for their vacant offensive coordinator position. Unfortunately for them, it doesn't appear as though they're going to land their top target.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported on Wednesday that Bevell had declined to interview with both the Jets and Washington Commanders for their offensive coordinator jobs. Pelissero noted that Bevell will likely have other opportunities in this cycle, but for now, he plans to stay in Miami.
As Aaron Wilson reported, Bevell isn't looking to rush into any job, and he will likely have other, more appealing, opportunities in the future. The Jets' job just isn't a very enticing position right now, and neither is the Commanders' opening.
Bevell has received praise for his work with Tua Tagovailoa and seemed like an obvious candidate for the Jets considering his Seattle ties to Robert Saleh. However, Bevell just isn't interested.
Darrell Bevell isn't interested in the NY Jets' OC job
The Jets have been vocal about their desire to land an experienced offensive assistant this offseason. Whether that individual joins the staff as their offensive coordinator or in another role, it's clear the Jets plan to add some experience to their offensive coaching staff.
Bevell would have fit the bill. With 15 years of offensive coordinator experience at the NFL level, Bevell had everything the Jets were looking for, even if his uninspiring stints in Detroit and Jacksonville were red flags.
The Arizona native spent five years as the offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings from 2006 to 2010 before spending eight years with the Seahawks from 2011 to 2017. He's found plenty of success in the NFL, which is why the Jets were interested.
But the reality is that the Jets are going to struggle to attract any top candidates on the open market. Coaches are well aware that this Jets job could very well be a one-and-done gig. If the Jets don't make the playoffs in 2023, it's very possible that everyone is fired.
Young players like Garrett Wilson and Breece Hall combined with the promise of a new quarterback are appealing, but job security is what matters most. This was part of the issue with firing Mike LaFleur in the first place.
The Jets aren't going to land a Frank Reich. Todd Monken likely isn't interested in leaving a great gig at Georgia to return to the NFL on a one-year prove-it deal. Heck, they can't even entice Darrell Bevell.
The Jets will hire someone, but they're not exactly getting the cream of the crop here. Bevell isn't interested, and you could bet that others aren't either.