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The Jets’ 6 best coaching candidates to replace fired Adam Gase

It was an eye-opening tenure for Adam Gase in New York.

Whereas Gase earned some credit score for getting among the finest offensive seasons in NFL historical past alongside Peyton Manning in Denver earlier in his profession, he had a troublesome time replicating even a fraction of that success in flops with the Dolphins and Jets, leading to his firing from New York on Sunday.

Now, two head-coaching stops, a meme, many again pages and over 30 double-digit losses later, Gase is again on the unemployment line, with an abysmal, nasty, disgusting 2-14 2020 season and 9-23 total mark in New York sparking a catalyst for change at head coach in Florham Park. Whereas the Jets flirted with a winless season, two largely meaningless victories down the stretch made the 2020 season look a bit extra palatable than it was. Nevertheless it finally meant nothing for Gase’s Jets tenure.

With a brand new head coach coming in, doubtlessly a brand new quarterback, the Jets cannot afford to get this factor mistaken once more, and in contrast to the final time the Jets had been trying to find a coach, there are a number of intriguing choices for New York to chase as Gase’s successor. Listed here are a number of the greatest and rumored:

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Eric Bieniemy

  • Present job: Offensive coordinator, Kansas Metropolis Chiefs
  • Head teaching expertise? No

The truth that Eric Bieniemy has interviewed with seven completely different organizations however has but to land a head gig is shocking.

Certain, there’s some skepticism contemplating Bieniemy is not the one calling performs for Kansas Metropolis’s dynamic offense, however the Andy Reid teaching tree is tried and true, and Reid would not get sufficient credit score for that. John Harbaugh, Sean McDermott, Doug Pederson and Ron Rivera have all come from the Reid tree, and every head coach has had good to nice ranges of success within the NFL. 

Why would Bieniemy be any completely different? Whereas Kansas Metropolis’s success is actually considerably symbiotic between quarterback, head coach and offensive coordinator, it is suspect that Bieniemy, only a few months faraway from profitable a Tremendous Bowl with KC, nonetheless hasn’t gotten any head teaching gives. If the Jets plan to maneuver previous an archaic system and one of many league’s most persistently horrible offenses, then Bieniemy could be a really sensible and ahead rent.

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Arthur Smith

  • Present job: Offensive coordinator, Tennessee Titans
  • Head teaching expertise? No

Arthur Smith has solely been an OC for the Titans because the starting of the 2019 season, however in that span he is labored wonders with the Tennessee offense, giving them a definitive id and actually unlocking the potential of a few of his key offensive gamers.

Using a heavy-run and downfield play-action assault, Smith has introduced the very best out of quarterback Ryan Tannehill and working again Derrick Henry, whereas boasting one of many elite offenses within the league since Tannehill grew to become their starter.

Cannot actually argue with outcomes there. It may additionally say one thing that Smith has actually made one thing of former Gase castoff Tannehill.

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Brian Daboll

  • Present job:  Offensive coordinator, Buffalo Payments
  • Head teaching expertise?  No

Brian Daboll deserves a number of credit score for serving to flip Josh Allen right into a bona fide MVP candidate in 2020, only a yr after Allen’s shaky passing efficiency led of us to pondering his ceiling

Daboll has a strong resume and is well-traveled, having labored with Invoice Belichick in New England, Nick Saban in Alabama (2017), with Romeo Crennel in Kansas Metropolis (2012) and even had a stint with the Jets as their QB coach in 2007 and 2008.

There are, in fact, some query marks with Daboll: Quite a lot of the Payments’ success in 2020 may be attributed to a stellar vast receiver corps, one thing the Jets would want to maintain constructing on. How a lot of the success the Payments have had offers with the supporting forged that Brandon Beane has put collectively is up for debate, however the large work that Daboll has achieved to get essentially the most out of Allen and people gamers just isn’t.

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Pat Fitzgerald

  • Present job:  Head coach, Northwestern College
  • Head teaching expertise:  Sure, faculty

The Jets had been rumored to be curious about Pat Fitzgerald earlier within the season — having achieved their “due diligence” on him, per experiences — resulting in Fitzgerald touchdown on this checklist.

Fitzgerald has garnered a fame as a really sensible soccer man, culture-builder and constructed a constant program with the Wildcats. Regardless of Northwestern having a historical past of being less-than-good, Fitzgerald has amassed a 105-81 report on the faculty and has completed seasons ranked within the prime 25 4 instances, together with 2020 (No. 11).

Fitzgerald has caught the attention of NFL franchises prior to now, turning down interviews with the Panthers and Packers in recent times. Whereas Fitzgerald has mentioned Northwestern is his “dream job,” the extra NFL groups preserve knocking on the door, maybe the nearer Fitzgerald will get to creating the soar to the league. 

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Matt Campbell

  • Present place: Head coach, Iowa State
  • Head teaching expertise? Sure, faculty

If the Jets are intent on working it again, then Matt Campbell would not be a foul possibility.

Campbell turned down the Jets for an interview the final time New York was trying to find a head coach, however would he do it twice?

With a brand new, much less meddlesome normal supervisor and largely completely different circumstances this time round — cap house, premium draft picks, cornerstone items — Campbell would seemingly be strolling into a completely malleable and controllable state of affairs in New York, and a greater one than the final time he was requested to move up the workforce.

Campbell has achieved a wonderful job turning Iowa State into a decent program, therefore his curiosity from NFL groups. 

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Don ‘Wink’ Martindale

  • Present place: Defensive coordinator, Baltimore Ravens
  • Head teaching expertise? No

Wink Martindale and the Jets seem to be a fairly good match on paper for plenty of causes. 

First, there’s the apparent Joe Douglas-Martindale Baltimore connection. Douglas was with Baltimore between 2000 and 2014 with the Ravens in varied roles, overlapping with Martindale for 2 years in Baltimore.

Whereas a Martindale rent would not be the offensive-lean that Jets followers want to see, it is onerous to low cost the work he is achieved as DC for the Ravens within the final two years: “Wink” has coached the Ravens to the No. 1 scoring protection in each 2019 and 2020. 

Would Martindale’s scheme and training prowess translate to the head-coaching chair? Doubtlessly. He is already reportedly on the radar of NFL franchises, so an interview or cellphone name with former boss Douglas would not be shocking.

Additionally, the final time the Jets employed a defensive coordinator out of Baltimore, it labored out fairly nicely.

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