The New York Jets fired offensive coordinator John Morton on Wednesday after only one year with the team. I, personally, am not a fan of this decision; Morton did a pretty good job last year as OC considering the lack of talent on the offensive side of the ball and the Jets as a team and organization need consistency.
That said, this isn’t the worst decision the Jets have ever made, nor is it likely that it will have too much of an impact on the Jets offensive performance next year (unlike Robby Anderson getting arrested again, which can really hurt the Jets if he gets suspended). In fact, there are at least three good candidates to replace Morton.
The first and probably most likely candidate to replace John Morton is the current quarterback’s coach, Jeremy Bates. Apparently, he is well liked within the organization, something that Morton wasn’t.
I don’t think Bates will be much better or worse a coordinator than Morton was, however I really don’t know why the Jets would fire Morton just to bring Bates to the forefront. Bates has only one season of experience as an offensive coordinator with the Seahawks in 2010. The fact that he was fired after one year doesn’t sit well with me.
Although I guess the same now applies to Morton…
The former Pittsburgh offensive coordinator was fired around the same time Morton was, which might point to the Jets firing Morton to bring him in. He would be a pretty good choice, considering how prolific the Steelers offense has been over the past few years. He also has a lot more experience as an offensive coordinator than any other candidate the Jets can realistically sign.
The way I see it, there are two problems with the Jets having Haley. One is that Haley isn’t used to coordinating an offense so devoid of talent as that of the Jets, especially at the quarterback position, so it’s unsure whether or not he’ll be up to it.
On the same line, it isn’t clear whether he’d even want to come to a team in the situation the Jets are in.
DeFilippo is both my personal favorite for this job and, at the same time, the candidate that the Jets are least likely to get. DeFilippo is the Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach credited with the Carson Wentz phenomena. Considering that the Jets will likely be developing a rookie quarterback in the near future, his presence on the team could be invaluable.
Unfortunately, he is apparently being courted by many other teams for positions that could include head coach. I don’t see him turning down the opportunity to be a HC if he is only going to be an OC for the Jets. Also, just as for Haley, the Jets just aren’t a very attractive team talent wise, especially for someone as unestablished as DeFilippo.
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