3 outside-the-box OC candidates the NY Jets should consider hiring

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1. NY Jets OC Candidate: Jeff Stoutland (Eagles OL coach and run game coordinator)

If the Jets' current brass was smart enough to seek out Bill Callahan for their offensive coordinator position, there's no reason that they shouldn't interview one of the league's very best line coaches in Eagles assistant Jeff Stoutland.

Just because no one else is doing it, doesn't mean that Stoutland isn't a great candidate.

The Eagles' success has led to an interest in all of their top coaching lieutenants including coordinators Jonathan Gannon and Shane Steichen and assistants Kevin Patullo and Brian Johnson.

The Jets have interviewed the latter two, who could join Gannon or Stechen if they land head coaching jobs. New York needs to climb further up that Philly tree and interview Jeff Stoutland.

The current Eagles run game coordinator and offensive line coach has very few professional peers. Stoutland checks off a lot of the boxes for a Jets job. The 60-year-old Staten Island native and former Southern Connecticut grad has a ton of coaching experience on the college and now pro level. He's been with the Eagles for 10 seasons.

Stoutland is one of only five offensive line coaches since the 1970 merger to produce Pro Bowlers in 10 consecutive seasons. The former Super Bowl champ and two-time national champion at Alabama is one of the most respected and beloved coaches by players in the NFL.

The Jets need to be out in front here and interview Stoutland. Joe Douglas, a former lineman himself, has always expressed the importance of being strong up front. That would be a guarantee if the Jets hired Stoutland.

It's a two-birds-with-one-stone proposition with the Jets needing to find a new offensive coordinator and replace offensive line coach John Benton.

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