NY Jets team owner Woody Johnson has already publicly expressed his intention to retain general manager Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh in 2024. The expectation is that offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is safe as well.
However, that doesn't mean the Jets won't be making any coaching changes.
Sportskeeda's Tony Pauline reported this week that Jets offensive line coach Keith Carter is expected to be fired at the conclusion of the regular season. Now, it should be noted that Pauline's track record with Jets reporting is pretty hit or miss, but it's reasonable to believe this could be true.
Pauline went into detail about Carter's poor reputation around the NFL, both as it pertains to fellow coaches and players. One league source reportedly described the Carter hire as a "death wish" for Douglas and Saleh.
Despite his less-than-stellar reputation and his unceremonious departure from the Tennessee Titans last year, the Jets hired Carter to be their new offensive line coach in 2023. Needless to say, the results have been disastrous.
The NY Jets should absolutely move on from Keith Carter this offseason
Carter was brought in to replace John Benton as the Jets' offensive line coach this past offseason. While the team has undoubtedly suffered through a litany of injuries along the offensive line, that doesn't excuse the historically inept performance of the unit this season.
The Jets lead the NFL with a whopping 175 pressures allowed through 15 games — 12 more than any other team in football. The team's Pro Football Focus pass-block grade ranks 30th this season, while their run-block grade isn't much better at 28th.
By all accounts, the Jets have a bottom-three offensive line in the NFL, and you can very easily argue it's the worst in the league. It's not just injuries, either.
Mekhi Becton, an expected day-one starter, leads all offensive tackles with 11 sacks allowed and is second in penalties with 13 in just 14 games. Laken Tomlinson has regressed significantly with the Jets and leads all guards with 48 pressures allowed. No other guard has allowed more than 41.
Carter has been criticized in the past by numerous former players, including longtime Titans standouts Taylor Lewan and Ben Jones. It also isn't a good look when his former players like posts on social media calling for his firing.
Players don't seem to like Carter, he isn't exactly well-respected in the coaching world, and the results on the field have been embarrassing. It's hard to see any reason why the Jets would choose to retain him after this season.
If the Jets are going to make any changes to their coaching staff this offseason, Keith Carter is the most obvious and deserving candidate to be fired.
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