NY Jets news: Rumored OC candidates, All-Pro honors, Jets failed Zach Wilson

Justin Fried
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The NY Jets have been connected to quite a few potential offensive coordinator candidates to this point, and three more names were added to the growing list on Friday.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport identified three "strong candidates" the Jets are interested in including former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Marcus Brady, New England Patriots tight ends coach Nick Caley, and Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson.

While the Jets have insisted that they're looking for an experienced coach to replace Mike LaFleur, all three of Brady, Caley, and Johnson are lacking in that category. Brady is the only one of the three who has been an offensive coordinator at the NFL level before, and he didn't call plays.

Johnson might be the most intriguing as his work with Jalen Hurts has been widely praised, and he previously called play as the offensive coordinator at the University of Florida. Don't be surprised if the Jets hire one of these three young coaches.

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Three Jets players named All-Pro

The Associated Press All-Pro teams (the official All-Pro teams) were released on Friday and the Jets were well-represented. Cornerback Sauce Gardner and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams were each named first-team All-Pro while linebacker C.J. Mosley earned second-team All-Pro honors.

Gardner earned 43 of 50 first-team votes, the most of any cornerback in the NFL. Simply put, voters believed he was the best cornerback in the league this season — the numbers support that as well.

Williams earned first-team All-Pro honors alongside Chris Jones and ahead of the likes of Dexter Lawrence, Jeffery Simmons, and others. Meanwhile, Mosley snuck in as a second-team All-Pro, his fifth such honor during his illustrious career.

Gardner and Williams are the first pair of first-team All-Pros for the Jets since Nick Mangold and Darrelle Revis. Gardner is the first Jets rookie to be named first-team All-Pro since Larry Grantham in 1960.

This also marks the first time the Jets had three All-Pros on one side of the ball since 1969 when Joe Namath, Matt Snell, and Don Maynard received the honors. Needless to say, it was a banner year for the Jets' defense.

Steve Young believes the Jets failed Zach Wilson

Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young has long been a defender and supporter of Zach Wilson. Young, a fellow BYU alumnus, joined "The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN earlier in the week and spoke about how he feels the Jets failed their young quarterback.

"Zach doesn’t need tough love. He doesn’t need somebody to see how tough he is. He needs a big brother — a young, knowledgeable innovator, someone who he can trust... Mike [LaFleur] kind of kept him at arm’s length and kind of gave him the tough love aspect, and I don’t think that’s really useful for Zach."

Steve Young

Young criticized former offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur for the way he and the Jets handled Wilson on a personal level. He believes that LaFleur's hard stance on the second-year QB negatively affected his development.

Young knows Wilson better than almost anyone, so if this is coming from him, it's probably safe to assume Wilson might feel a similar way. Perhaps that's part of the reason LaFleur was ultimately let go this week.

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Whatever the case, the Jets will have a new offensive coordinator in 2023. As for Wilson, his time in New York could come to an end soon as well.

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