The NY Jets are in a very precarious spot with regards to offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. While the banged-up Aaron Rodgers, the de facto assistant general manager, loves him on a personal and professional level, Hackett's offense has reached levels of ineptitude that shouldn't even be possible in modern football.
The only reason Hackett still has his job is Rodgers, as his performance is so pathetic that he would have been relieved of his duties months ago in any other situation. On top of the fact the Jets would need to find another OC, the pool of names to pick from is limited.
Rodgers is going to turn 41 next season, which means there is a very high likelihood he doesn't want to learn an entirely new offense. The Jets might need someone Rodgers knows if they want to dump Hackett, and one name may have emerged.
Tom Clements, who is currently the quarterbacks coach for the Green Bay Packers, seems like the kind of coach who can connect with Rodgers while also changing the offense enough to give them a fresh coat of paint that washes Hackett away.
NY Jets should replace Nathaniel Hackett with Packers QB coach Tom Clements
Clements was with Rodgers from 2006 to 2016 in Green Bay, serving as quarterbacks coach from 2006 to 2011, offensive coordinator from 2011 to 2014, and assistant head coach in 2015 and 2016. Clements served as the passing game coordinator and top offensive assistant on Kliff Kingsbury's Arizona Cardinals in 2019 and 2020.
Clements returned to Green Bay in 2022, where he reunited with Rodgers and has played an instrumental role in making Jordan Love one of the best young quarterbacks in the league. Clements would run a familiar offense that is also more vertical than whatever Hackett is trying to do.
There are some drawbacks that come with hiring Clements. He hasn't called plays in almost a decade, and he is going to turn 71 years old before the end of next season. Will the Jets want to subject Garrett Wilson, Breece Hall, and this offensive line to a third straight season with a new terminology and offensive style?
Hackett is likely going to stay, and the list of coaches they can hire is limited to those Rodgers has some familiarity with. Clements may not be perfect, but he and Rodgers have a relationship that goes back ages. By virtue of not being Hackett, Clements would represent a gigantic upgrade.