An overly underwhelming NY Jets OC search
The Jets have interviewed at least seven different candidates for the vacancy created when the team parted ways with Mike LaFleur. To state that the list has overly underwhelmed followers of the Jets would be a friendly characterization.
Saleh has interviewed former Denver Broncos head coach and Green Bay Packers OC under Matt LaFleur, Nathaniel Hackett, who has distant ties with Gang Green through his father, Paul, who coordinated the Jets offense in the early 2000s.
Hackett is an experienced play-caller whose perception has fallen on hard times after his debacle of a run with Russell Wilson in Denver. At the same time, he's far from a sexy candidate.
There's no denying that he is qualified for the position. The name Hackett harkens long-time Jets fans to the days of third-and-long draw plays run by his father, Paul.
The Jets have also interviewed former Indianapolis Colts OC Marcus Brady, Eagles pass-game coordinator Kevin Patullo, Patriots tight ends coach Nick Caley, Eagles quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson, Browns pass-game coordinator Chad O'Shea, and former Vikings OC and current Denver assistant Klint Kubiak — the son of longtime coaching great Gary Kubiak (Jets fans would love to see a father/son Kubiak connection in Florham Park).
The Jets have also been attached to Buffalo Bills QB coach Joe Brady (provided he accepts the interview), Los Angeles Rams senior assistant Greg Olson, former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, and potential pipedream Frank Reich.
Some Jets fans are rightfully hoping for a last-second pitch to current Georgia OC and former NFL coach Todd Monken, but New York will have plenty of competition for the services of the back-to-back national championship coordinator.
Another veteran coach who the Jets should absolutely explore is Jim Caldwell, but reports are that he is only interested in a head coaching role, and that's too bad because Caldwell would be the perfect veteran to run the Jets' offense and lead their quarterback room.
For the Jets to not settle for a candidate during this search, they need to think outside the box. The Jets need to be ahead of the curve, instead of simply following the path of accepted candidates during this cycle.
So with that in mind, here are three alternate options the Jets should interview and consider for their offensive coordinator position.