Whom will the Jets replace Todd Bowles with? We will know soon enough. Here is a look at five top candidates for the job:
The former Packers coach has the best résumé of any of the possibilities. He has a Super Bowl ring and 125 career wins. He has worked with elite quarterbacks in Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, so he knows his way around QBs. There are questions about McCarthy’s game management, how he would fit New York and whether his price tag might be too high for the Jets.
For those in search of the next Sean McVay, Taylor is going to be at the top of the list. The Rams quarterbacks coach is only 35 years old, but he is a rising star in the coaching ranks. He does not call plays in Los Angeles, but he did do it in 2015 with the Dolphins for part of the season. The big question here is whether he is ready to be a head coach.
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The Oklahoma coach said last week he is not interested in going to the NFL at this time, but he would not be the first college coach to lie about making the jump to the pros. The Jets must make the call and see if Riley will talk to them. He has been one of the most innovative offensive minds in the college game.
The Saints’ tight-ends coach has earned a lot of praise from those who have played for him. He is considered a strong leader, and he went 5-7 as the Dolphins’ interim coach in 2015, so he knows what being a head coach is like. He would probably need to have a strong plan for who would be on his staff to sell himself.
Andy Reid assistants are popular these days, with Doug Pederson in Philadelphia and Matt Nagy now winning in Chicago. The current Chiefs offensive coordinator does not call the plays, but neither did Nagy. He has learned under Reid, and it is hard to argue with the results in Kansas City this season.