The New York Jets are currently interviewing candidates for their vacant offensive coordinator position. This will be the team’s third coordinator in three seasons. The team fired Tony Sparano earlier this week and Brian Schottenheimer left at the end of the 2011 season. Whoever ends up with the job will surely have their hands full.
The team formally interviewed Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg this week. Mornhinweg has been the coordinator for the Eagles since 2004. He held the same position with the San Francisco 49ers from 1997 to 2000 and then became the head coach of the Detroit Lions in 2001-2002.
He is an interesting candidate because he comes from a West Coast offensive background that features the short passing game. It’s debatable if his skill set matches the Jets current offensive personnel. We also know Mark Sanchez is not accurate, which is a must for a short passing team.
Cam Cameron is a name that has been linked to the team as well. Cameron was formerly the coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens before being fired towards the end of the year. He has ties to Rex Ryan as both were with the Ravens at the same time. He held the same position with the San Diego Chargers from 2002 through 2006 when both Drew Brees and Philip Rivers flourished.
He could be the leading candidate for the job. He would concern a Jet fan because the thought in Baltimore was that he couldn’t get the ball to Ray Rice enough so how would he be a fit in New York? The message boards don’t seem to be high on him as the choice.
Another former Raven coach has also been rumored to be at the top of the Jets search. Hue Jackson was also on the staff with Ryan as he was the quarterbacks coach who helped develop Joe Flacco. Jackson has been an offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders. He’s currently on the staff for the Cincinnati Bengals. Jackson would seem to be a good fit for the Jets and his selection seems to be favorable to the fans.
A new name that we’ve heard linked to the search is Stanford’s Pep Hamilton. Hamilton is supposed to meet with the team early next week. Hamilton was actually an offensive assistant with the Jets from 2003 to 2005. He’s been with Stanford since 2010 and has been the coordinator and quarterback coach the last two seasons. Stanford runs a very well balanced offense that features the tight end heavily. You have to like a coach who worked with Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck as well.
There is no timetable set for the team to announce their decision. You could imagine it will be a patient process much like the search for the general manager has been.