A running list of the New York Jets have requested interviews with….
Matt Eberflus (Indianapolis Colts Defensive Coordinator) – One of the most well regarded coordinators in football. Has implemented a “ultra-demanding culture of hustle, discipline, and teamwork” with the colts defense over the past three seasons. Finished third in 2018 for AP NFL Assistant coach of the year. With 28 years in coaching including the last eleven in the NFL with the Browns, Cowboys, and Colts he has been able to develop the colts defense into one of the top defenses in the league, developing players, a strong culture, and using his cover 2 scheme to bring the Colts from 28th ranked defense in 2017 to 4th in DVOA all while having the lowest defense salary cap spend in his tenure. He interviewed for the Browns job in 2019. He is a strong name to watch for the Jets. – Will Parkinson (Twitter @Willpa11)Brian Daboll (Buffalo Bills Offensive Coordinator) – One of the best offensive coordinators in the NFL today. Daboll has been with the Bills since 2018 and has turned Josh Allen from bad college QB into a superstar. His players have tried to downplay how much they like him in Buffalo as they do not want him to leave. Given his experience in developing QBs and working under great CEO coaches such as Saban, Belicheck, and McDermott Daboll should be near the top of everyone’s Wishlist for the next Jets HC. – Michael Meegan (Twitter @Meegs214)
Eric Bieniemy (Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator) – Interviewed for seven head coaching jobs over the past two cycles. Will not be passed up again. Regarded by many as the strongest candidate in this year’s pool. After Bieniemy’s promotion to Kansas City OC in 2018, the Chiefs haven’t finished lower than 6th in any of the following offensive categories: Total Yards/ Game, Pass Yards/ Game, Points/ Game. While the numbers are impressive, it must be noted Andy Reid calls plays in KC. A former NFL running back of 9 years and coach of 14, Bieniemy has patiently waited for the keys to a franchise. He will be an NFL head coach next season, even if it’s not with the Jets. – Matt Gianesses (Twitter @JetsOpinion)
Arthur Smith (Tennessee Titans Offensive Coordinator) – Creative offensive mind who has done excellent work with Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry. He has 12 years of NFL experience as an assistant including the previous 10 seasons with the Titans. Smith has become one of the fastest risers in the coaching community. He is very well liked by his players but the question is whether he can be a CEO or is just a great play caller. He resembles Adam Gase a bit but do not hold that against him. Arthur Smith would be a strong hire if the Jets gave him a chance to lead the team in 2021 and beyond. – Stephen Zantz (Twitter @szantz)
Brandon Staley (Los Angeles Rams Defensive Coordinator) – Brandon Staley is a rising coaching candidate in the NFL. The 38 year old has worked his way through the coaching ranks rather quickly. After graduating from Dayton, Staley began coaching in 2006 as a graduate assistant at Northern Illinois. From there he bounced around mid-level colleges before earning a shot with the Bears as an outside linebackers coach. He then served there for two seasons before joining Vic Fangio’s staff in Denver in the same role. He was then brought in by the Rams to succeed esteemed defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. With immense talent including the names of Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Donald, Phillips was only able to make the Rams defense an average unit. In one season, Staley elevated the unit to the best in the NFL in points allowed, yards allowed, passing yards allowed, passing touchdowns allowed, and overall touchdowns. They also rank in the top tier defensively overall. Staley has revitalized the unit which has allowed the Rams to take a jump after a rough season last year. If he can do that, then the hope is he can revitalize an entire organization. At the very least, Staley is worth an interview. – Dylan Price (Twitter @dylanprice27)Robert Saleh (San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator) – Saleh has been the 49ers defensive coordinator for the past 4 seasons and is regarded as one of the most sought-after coordinators and defensive minds in football. Was apart of the “legion of boom” defensive staff in Seattle as well as working under Gus Bradley in Jacksonville prior to joining Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco. He is known as a master communicator and motivator as well as running his highly affective 4-3 Under/Over Hybrid, Cover 3 Press Defense. He has been requested to interview for five of the six openings. A big fish to watch for the Jets coaching search. – Will Parkinson (Twitter @Willpa11)
Aaron Glenn (New Orleans Saints Secondary Coach) – Aaron Glenn is a familiar face for Jet fans. The veteran defensive back spent his first 7 years in the league with the New York Jets. His mark on the franchise as a player was distinct, but his coaching mark could be the next one. Glenn, at 48, had an opportunity to begin coaching after six years off from the game. He signed on to be the assistant defensive backs coach with the Cleveland Browns in 2014 and spent two seasons there before joining the Saints in his current position. Glenn has gained serious heat as a coaching candidate based on the success he has fostered out of a relatively unproven secondary. The Saints secondary has taken massive strides since Glenn took over, and his future looks bright. His lack of experience coaching is something worth noting, but with a 14 year NFL career, Glenn is likely well connected. Glenn could be a dark horse for the job, but there is a high probability that Glenn could be a potential top tier defensive coordinator target. – Dylan Price (Twitter @dylanprice27)
Joe Brady (Carolina Panthers Offensive Coordinator) – Joe Brady is one of the fastest risers in the coaching ranks. Just a few years ago he was an offensive assistant with the New Orleans Saints. Since then, he helped Joe Burrow put together an all time season for a college QB while also guiding a creative and productive offense in Carolina under Matt Rhule in 2020. Brady’s offense generated 4 players over 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 2020. Those players included Robby Anderson, Mike Davis, DJ Moore, & Curtis Samuel. Some may say Brady is too young to be a head coach (turns 32 this year). There is consensus on the TOJ staff that it’s better to be a year too early than a year too late. I’m fascinated to see the type of work Brady could do with prospects like Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, & Trey Lance. If Brady can follow the Sean McVay model and bring in a seasoned coach to his staff (e.g. Jim Caldwell or Marvin Lewis), this could be a homerun for the Jets. Joe Brady should be a top 3 candidate in my opinion and will be running a successful NFL team in the near future. – Stephen Zantz (Twitter @szantz)