The Jets offensive coordinator carousel continues to spin as John Morton has been fired from the position after one season. New York will be looking to hire their 6th coordinator in 8 years as the search for offensive stability continues. From the mid to late 2000’s years of Brian Schottenheimer all the way to present John Morton, the offense has had its fair share of struggles season to season, mainly because of their never-ending QB issues.
Although Morton wasn’t brought in to coach the 1999 St. Louis Rams, or better known as, “The Greatest Show on Turf” he was able to get solid production out of below average talent. A career year from QB Josh McCown certainly helped his cause despite finishing 24th in the league in points per game. The offensive unit clearly took a step back when McCown broke his hand Week 14 at Denver, and backup QB Bryce Petty took the reins. It also cannot be overlooked that the offense often went stagnant in the 2nd half of games (mainly in the 4th quarter) due to questionable play-calling, and his inability to make in-game adjustments.
It will be difficult for the current Quarterbacks on the roster, the aforementioned Petty, and Christian Hackenberg to learn their 3rd offense in 3 years (4th for Hackenberg including college). Then again, it remains to be seen if the pair will be on the team after this offseason anyway depending on the direction the Mike Maccagnan regime decides to go in.
The position may not be one of the most coveted in the NFL, but with a plethora of cap space, and the #6 overall pick in the draft there is potential for the Jets to have the pieces in place to make the job enticing enough for a quality OC. New York is projected to have some offensive firepower in 2018 between possibly using a high draft pick on a young signal caller, signing a franchise Quarterback such as Kirk Cousins, to returning players Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa. However, the offensive line does need to be addressed before they can truly be considered a respectable unit.
Some of the key names to look out for are recently fired Steelers Offensive Coordinator, Todd Haley (2012-2017), or current Jets QB coach, Jeremy Bates. Haley will certainly be the most desired name on the market as his offensive units have finished top 10 in the league in scoring the past 4 years, but having superior talents in QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le’Veon Bell, and WR Antonio Brown must be taken into consideration.
Bates, on the other hand, is most well-known for his development of QB Jay Cutler who was selected to his only pro bowl in 2008 under his tutelage. It’s unknown at this time if he has interest in the position, or if Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles has interest in promoting him.
Time will tell if the Jets will hire one of these two candidates, or if they will take a more outside of the box approach to filling the now vacant position. It’s no secret that this selection will be tied to the hip of Coach Bowles. If the offense falters again next season he and his staff could find themselves looking for new jobs come 2019.[the_ad id=”73965″][the_ad id=”63198″]
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Dan is from New Jersey born and raised watching the NFL is how he spends most of his Sundays. He is an IT professional by day/NFL enthusiast by night. Dan is a huge fan of the New York Jets, fantasy football, and all things NFL. One of those two has delivered him a few championships (use your imagination to guess which one.) Living near the old Giants Stadium and growing up with season tickets to witness the early 90’s Jets teams is where it all started for him. Even though he didn’t get to see the best product on the field, he’s been hooked ever since.