Recently there was a lot of talk that John Morton would follow Jon Gruden to Oakland to be offensive coordinator there. Although this is no longer an option as Gruden has hired former Packers OC Edgar Bennett, there is still talk that Gang Green is still searching for a new play caller on offense.
Two names that are being thrown around (although I’m sure there are other people the Jets are looking at) are Philadelphia Eagles quarterback’s coach John DeFilippo and Jeremy Bates, the current Jets QB coach.
DeFilippo was one of the Jets favorite candidates to replace Chan Gaily as OC last year but the Eagles blocked his interview with the team so they wound up hiring Morton. Now that DeFilippo’s contract is set to expire, he will be free to interview anywhere once the Eagles’ season is done.
Given what Carson Wentz has become, I wouldn’t be entirely opposed to the Jets hiring DeFilippo. That said, I am more of the mind that bringing John Morton back in 2018 will be the better choice.
The biggest reason to stick with John Morton is because this franchise needs some continuity at offensive coordinator. I don’t remember the last time an OC has stayed more than two seasons. Having to learn a new offense every one or two years must be a detriment to the players.
Furthermore, Morton was never an offensive coordinator before last year and most would agree that he did a pretty good job with the lack of talent at most offensive positions. Not only did he help Josh McCown, a career journeyman, have his best season in the NFL at the age of 38, he oversaw one of the biggest breakout years for a Jets offensive player in recent memory, Robby Anderson.
Imagine giving him another year to learn and improve on his mistakes from the 2017 season and, don’t get me wrong, there were certainly more than a few mistakes.
The only reason to get rid of Morton is because he has yet to prove he can develop a young quarterback and, if the Jets decide to go that route in the offseason, the front office will want someone who is proven in this area. This is especially true considering both Maccagnan and Bowles are GM-ing/coaching for their jobs next year.
Bottom line: the Jets should only consider firing Morton if they know that they will be able to get DeFilippo and they are certain that they will be taking a quarterback in the draft. Otherwise, keep the man.
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