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Head Coach Opening for Jets Should Be No. 1 Despite Team History

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By Michael Pallas January 5, 2021 0 Comment
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The New York Jets opening at head coach should be the top head coaching opportunity in the NFL in 2021.

Some may look at the recent turmoil in East Rutherford and say there’s no way the Jets could be a top head coach opening in the NFL. However, as of this moment, they are.

There are plenty of reasons why. Let’s take a look at some major ones.

Texans, Lions, Falcons, and Jaguars looking for GM

These four teams that are looking to fill the head coach opening also are looking to fill their general manager’s chair as well. This puts them behind the 8-ball. The Jets are ahead of the game, and they also have a GM in place with a clear plan. So, the head coach candidates not only have to wait for the GM to be in place, but the GM also has to get to know the team and establish a clear plan.

Can Jaguars fans trust Shad Kahn?/Jets history

A huge nugget was dropped by Michael DiRocco of ESPN; Shad Kahn wants to maintain control of the personnel moving forward. That should be a red flag for anyone looking to fill the Jaguars head coach opening.

Here’s the biggest question: How can fans in Jacksonville trust Kahn?

After taking over the team, he hired David Caldwell to be the general manager. A 15-39 record wasn’t enough to fire Caldwell. Then, they went to the AFC Championship Game. After that, despite the 15-39 start, it took an 11-21 record followed by a 1-10 start to fire the GM this year. That’s not exactly sound decision making.

Some may point to the rocky last 10 years with the Jets, but those nine seasons by the Jags give Kahn nothing to fall back on. At least the Jets have six playoff appearances, an AFC East title, and consecutive AFC Championship Game appearances to fall back on.

Joe Douglas + offseason wealth + legendary status

Joe Douglas has also shown to be a good general manager. Despite not getting some target free agents, he didn’t overspend just for the sake of filling holes in free agency in 2020, and he also showed his chops in the 2020 NFL Draft. In addition, the Jets have the No. 2 pick and enough cap space to fill holes they need to in 2021.

Peter Schrager of NFL Network went on the Jets-themed podcast, Badlands, and had this to say. about their head coach opening.

In the end, the Jets have enough to fall back on when selling their head coach opening to potential suitors. There’s no reason it shouldn’t be the top job in the NFL.

 

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Michael has been covering the Jets since 2015 for various blogs, and he’s the host of Bleav in Jets.

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