NY Jets news: Official OC interviews, Nick Mangold as Jets OL coach

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The NY Jets officially interviewed their first offensive coordinator candidate on Friday, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Pelissero is reporting that Philadelphia Eagles passing game coordinator Kevin Patullo is the first of many official interviews for the Jets.

Patullo previously spent time with the Jets as the team's offensive coordinator under Todd Bowles in 2015 and 2016 before he was let go. His recent stints in Indianapolis and Philadelphia have helped put him on the radar of NFL teams.

The Jets are also set to interview New England Patriots tight ends coach Nick Caley this week, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Caley is a relatively inexperienced coach, much like Patullo, but he's garnered a pretty solid reputation in New England.

Many believed that Caley should have been the man calling plays for the Patriots this season instead of Matt Patricia and Joe Judge. He lacks experience, but Caley is a respected coach around the NFL.

The Jets will interview a number of candidates, but Patullo and Caley are the first official candidates to be revealed.

Other NY Jets news

Nick Mangold wants to join the Jets' coaching staff

The Jets officially fired offensive line coach John Benton on Thursday as he, along with offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, were deemed responsible for the team's offensive struggles down the stretch.

Much has been made about who the Jets might hire to replace LaFleur, but what about Benton? One Jets legend threw his name into the hat shortly after Benton's firing was announced.

Longtime Jets center Nick Mangold implied on Twitter that he'd be interested in being the Jets' next offensive line coach. A seven-time Pro Bowler and multi-time All-Pro, Mangold obviously provides a pedigree and resume that few others could match.

Perhaps the Jets look to go with a more experienced option, but it sure seems as though Mangold is interested in the job. His track record as a player has to count for something.

Woody Johnson is ready to spend on a QB

One of the big takeaways from owner Woody Johnson's press conference with reporters this week was his take on the quarterback position. Johnson acknowledged the need for improved quarterback play and insisted that he was willing to spend to land a big name in New York.

Of course, the Jets are limited more so by the salary cap than Johnson's wallet, but it's the strong show of support that's most notable here. Johnson fully supports a high-profile addition at the quarterback position, despite the presence of Zach Wilson.

General manager Joe Douglas knows that his job is on the line this offseason. He has to do whatever it takes to fix the quarterback position or else he could be looking for a new job this time next year.

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Now, he has the owner's blessing. Go and get your guy, whoever that may be.