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5 Potential Candidates to Be the Next Jets Head Coach

| October 5, 2020 1:24 am PDT
5 Potential Candidates to Become the Next Jets Head Coach

Just when you thought that the Jets couldn’t be any more incompetent.

After losing to a shorthanded Broncos squad on Thursday Night Football, the New York front office boldly came out said that Adam Gase wouldn’t be fired anytime. Inexplicable – I know.

Unless the goal is stunt Sam Darnold’s potential for as long as humanly possible, what’s the motivation for keeping Gase on board? 

Whether it’s in a few weeks or a few months, it’s only a matter of time until this 42-year-old “fraudulent offensive guru” is relieved of his duties. As for who will be the Jets new head coach, here are five names that come to time.

Matt Eberflus

  • Current Position: Defensive Coordinator, Indianapolis Colts
  • Prior Head Coaching Experience: No

The only thing worse than retaining Adam Gase would be to promote current DC, Gregg Williams. However, a defensive coordinator that would be fit to take over in New York is Matt Eberflus. The 50-year-old Ohio native spent seven years coaching the linebackers in Dallas before landing a gig in Indianapolis. 

He’s flourished in both stops, and his name is only getting going to become more intriguing as the 2020 season plays out. The Colts are toting the top defense in football and are extremely disciplined at all three levels. 

If Joe Douglas and the Jets ownership decide to lean “defense,” once they ultimately can Gase, Eberflus would be a wise choice. 

Mike LaFleur

  • Current Position: Passing Game Coordinator, San Francisco 49ers
  • Prior Head Coaching Experience: No

The 33-year-old 49ers passing game coordinator might seem a bit young and a bit inexperienced to be an NFL head coach. Then again, Sean McVay got the Rams job before he celebrated his 31st birthday. Zac Taylor and Brian Flores were both position coaches the year before they were hired as head coaches.

Mike’s older brother went 13-3 in his first go-around with the Packers, and the only reason the younger LaFleur isn’t an assistant in Green Bay is that Kyle Shanahan was hellbent on keeping him. In fact, Matt LaFleur wanted to interview his brother for the OC job, but Shanahan went as far as to block it. 

“…Mike’s my coordinator, and he does a hell of a job. He’s a really talented guy, and we put a lot of work in together. I feel very fortunate to have him this year, and I plan on staying that way until he gets a head coach job.”

Could that time come as soon as 2020 in New York?

The praise from Coach Shanahan hints that it’s a sincere possibility.

Eric Bieniemy

  • Current Position: Offensive Coordinator, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Prior Head Coaching Experience: No

Given the current landscape of the Jets franchise, Eric Bieniemy is better off staying put in Kansas City or seeking out other opportunities. With that being said, if the Jets wind up with the first pick in April’s Draft and can head into 2021 with Trevor Lawrence under center, New York’s head coaching job suddenly becomes much more appealing. 

After learning under Andy Reid and helping guide Patrick Mahomes’ development, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more intuitive offensive mind circulating the coaching carousel. With the Chiefs looking destined for another trip to the Super Bowl, there won’t be anything else for Bieniemy to achieve as a coordinator. 

Perhaps his next project will be working alongside Trevor Lawrence.

Josh McDaniels

  • Current Position: Offensive Coordinator, New England Patriots
  • Prior Head Coaching Experience: Yes

The assumed successor to Bill Belichick in Foxborough might get sick of waiting around for “The Hoody” to call it quits. Especially if the Cam Newton era only lasts one season, and the plan is to go back to the drawing board with Jarrett Stidham in 2021.

McDaniels’ stint in Denver went horribly, and we all remember him pulling out of the Colts HC job at the eleventh hour. Nevertheless, a move from New England to New York would be much more calculated. 

Josh McDaniels has coached against Sam Darnold multiple times and might think he has the initiative to resurrect the young quarterback’s career. A chance to start fresh with Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields – that’d even more enticing. 

Kellen Moore

  • Current Position: Offensive Coordinator, Dallas Cowboys
  • Prior Head Coaching Experience: No

Don’t expect the Jets to hire a proven commodity such as Greg Roman or Brian Daboll once they ax Adam Gase. This ownership likes to make baffling decisions, so it’s much more likely they will try and make a big splash by hiring a young and bright offensive mind.

Enter Kellen Moore, the current OC in Dallas.

This is the guy responsible for Dak Prescott throwing for over 4,900 yards in 2019. He’s the same guy Dak can thank for averaging 396 passing yards/game through the first three weeks of the season, and he’s the same guy Dak can thank for getting paid in excess of $31 million in 2020. 

With the trend of hiring a whippersnapper becoming increasingly popular, don’t be shocked if Kellen Moore is the next name that joins the NFL head coaching ranks. It seems peculiar, but wouldn’t that fit right in with the choices that this franchise has a habit of making? 

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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