NY Jets HC Robert Saleh noncommittal on Mike LaFleur's job status

NY Jets, Mike LaFleur
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NY Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur has been the subject of significant criticism following the team's disastrous six-game losing streak to end the season. That criticism only grew after the team failed to score a touchdown in each of their final three games of the year.

The Jets fell to the Miami Dolphins by a final score of 11-6 in Week 18 as their touchdown-less streak extended to 12 quarters. It's been nearly a month since the Jets last scored a touchdown.

Head coach Robert Saleh was asked about LaFleur's job status after Sunday's game and he remained noncommittal on his assistant's future. Saleh insisted that he has to go through his "process" and that he will make a decision that's in the best interest of the team.

In reality, Saleh likely wants LaFleur back in 2023, but he knows it's not completely his decision. General manager Joe Douglas and even team owner Woody Johnson will likely have some say in the matter.

Will the NY Jets fire Mike LaFleur?

The blame game is easy with LaFleur. The Jets' offense struggled mightily in each of the last two seasons and the team failed to score a touchdown in their final three games. Zach Wilson's failures can easily be pinned on LaFleur as well.

That said, it's also easy to see the opposite end of the argument. LaFleur has dealt with the worst quarterback play in the NFL in each of the last two seasons and lost his two best offensive players in Week 7. It's difficult to find offensive success with the QB play the Jets received this year.

Either way, even if the Jets don't move on from LaFleur, it would be wise to pair him with an experienced coach on the offensive staff — someone to fill the role Greg Knapp was supposed to fill.

Ultimately, Saleh's words here probably shouldn't carry much weight. Even if he wants to bring LaFleur back in 2023, he's not the only one with input on that decision.

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The Jets face a lot of important decisions this offseason, and the ones regarding their offensive coordinator and coaching staff figure to be atop their list of decisions.