Another year, another offensive coordinator. The New York Jets announced on Tuesday that offensive coordinator Chan Gailey has retired after two seasons with the team. The Jets offense showed a drastic decline in 2016, scoring 17.2 points and gaining only 329.2 yards per game. According to Football Outsiders, the Jets ranked 31st overall in offensive DVOA, a massive drop from their rank of 14th overall the previous season.
Whether this decision came from the front office or Gailey himself, it is not a good sign for the development of quarterbacks Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty. Whatever time the two spent learning Gailey’s offense has seemingly been wasted, as a new coordinator will come in with his own playbook and terminology. Having said this, the team has already begun looking for Gailey’s replacement. The decision to also fire quarterbacks coach Kevin Patullo guarantees that we will be seeing a very different offense in 2017.
Below are some options the Jets may be looking toward as their new offensive coordinator, who will get the luxury of either Hackenberg, Petty, a veteran free agent, or an unproven rookie at quarterback…
According to Mike Garafolo of NFL.com, the New York Jets have expressed interest in the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterbacks coach, who was tasked with developing rookie Carson Wentz in 2016. Before joining the Eagles this season, DeFilippo spent time as the QBs coach with the Oakland Raiders from 2012-2014 and was part of Derek Carr’s developmental process during his rookie year. He also served as the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns in 2015, a year where Josh McCown finished with a quarterback rating of 93.3. To put that into perspective, Ryan Fitzpatrick had a quarterback rating of 69.6 in 2016. Whether the Jets look toward a veteran as a bridge or a young, inexperienced quarterback to lead them in 2017, DeFilippo has found success with both in the past.
Although Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy get all of the attention, Tom Clements has been a big part of Green Bay’s offensive success in the past decade. Clements has a great reputation around the league, as he is in his 20th year coaching. He joined Green Bay as the quarterbacks coach in 2006 after spending a few seasons in Buffalo as their offensive coordinator. In 2012, Clements was promoted to the offensive coordinator of the Packers. Clements was promoted once again in 2015 to be the team’s associate head coach/offense. During his three years as the offensive coordinator, the Packers ranked 3rd in the league in scoring with 27.8 points per game and were ranked No. 5 in total offense with 381.9 yards per game. With an expiring contract at the end of the season, Clements could be a great fit as the Jets’ new offensive coordinator.
Mike McCoy has not been a very effective head coach in the NFL, however, there is no doubt that he is one of the smartest offensive minds in the league. After recently being fired from the Chargers head coaching position, it is very likely that McCoy could look for a job as an offensive coordinator. McCoy is well known for developing an offense around his quarterback’s skill sets, a strategy that may be perfect for the quarterback-needy Jets. Before he got his head coaching gig with the Chargers, McCoy served as the Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2012. In 2011, McCoy worked with then head coach Josh McDaniels in developing an offense that suited quarterback Tim Tebow. If McCoy could find success with Tebow as his quarterback, there may be hope for Hackenberg after all.
After an abrupt end to his stint as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator, Norv Turner will likely be looking for a new landing spot this offseason. Turner joined the Vikings in 2014 and remained with the team before resigning from the position midway through the 2016 season. While he may not be the most exciting choice, Turner has been around the league for decades. Since 1991, he has served as either a head coach or offensive coordinator every single season, working with quarterback talents such as Troy Aikman, Phillip Rivers, and most recently, Teddy Bridgewater. If the Jets cannot land one of the younger candidates that they have their eyes on, Norv Turner could very well end up being the Jets offensive coordinator in 2017.
The Cowboys offense has been a juggernaut in 2016, and one of the lesser known names behind their success is Wade Wilson. The current quarterbacks coach of the team, Wilson has held the same position since 2007. In his first year as the team’s quarterback coach, Tony Romo threw for a career high 36 touchdown passes. Wilson’s biggest accomplishment, however, may be the success of the Cowboys’ offense this season. Along with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and head coach Jason Garrett, Wilson has helped developed an offense that works quite well for Dak Prescott. The fourth round rookie had an incredible first season, throwing for 23 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions, with a QB rating of 104.9. Though he has yet to be an offensive coordinator in the NFL, Wilson’s proven ability to get the most out of young quarterbacks could be just what the Jets are looking for.
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