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These potential new Jets head coaches would be best fits for Sam Darnold's development

Todd Bowles is expected to be fired after the season

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Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass against the Houston Texans during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner) Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass against the Houston Texans during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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With the Jets reportedly weighing the candidates to replace head coach Todd Bowles, it's widely viewed as an inevitability that they will seek a so-called offensive mastermind and look to build around Sam Darnold.

With potential candidate John Harbaugh out of the running after the Ravens announced they will be retaining him, reports have so far centered on the recently-fired former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Which potential new head coaches would be best for Darnold's development?

Jim Harbaugh - Michigan Head Coach

The Jets have disputed the Harbaugh reports, but he remains a candidate. A former NFL quarterback, Harbaugh could be a strong mentor for Darnold, having mentored the likes of Andrew Luck in the past. However, he's a proponent of a power running game, which might be at odds with the running game personnel the Jets have in place -- not to mention an outdated approach in the modern NFL. In addition, Harbaugh's fiery and sometimes abrasive style might create a bit of a culture shock within the organization.

Mike McCarthy - Former Packers Head Coach

Reports indicate he may be high on the Jets' wishlist. The Packers offense under McCarthy was rooted in west coast principles while relying on Aaron Rodgers' ability to go off script, which could be ideal for Darnold.

McCarthy's supporters will point to the fact that he won a Super Bowl with Rodgers, but there's also concern centered around the fact that he only won one Super Bowl with Rodgers -- with the Packers underachieving over the past several years.

John DeFilippo - Former Vikings Offensive Coordinator

Prior to the recent reports, another coach who was a hot name was DeFilippo. However, DeFilippo was recenty fired after the Vikings dropped to .500 with some disappointing performances from their Kirk Cousins-led offense.

There's some suggestion DeFilippo's reputation has taken such a hit that he might need to take another coordinator job to restore his reputation as a future head coaching candidate. Would he accept such a role with the Jets, perhaps under a more experienced head coach like Bruce Arians who could step aside for him to take over in a few years?

Lincoln Riley - Oklahoma head coach

Riley, a 35-year old Mike Leach disciple, is another possibility. However, there's a question of whether Riley would leave the Sooners. And if he does, the Browns will no doubt be in the mix for his services given the fact that Baker Mayfield won a Heisman trophy under him. Offenses that have evolved from Leach's Air Raid philosophy are becoming increasingly respected at the pro level, especially with the success of Mayfield and Pat Mahomes this season.

Other candidates within the college ranks

Another young possibility from the college ranks is Iowa State's Matt Campbell, a 38-year old who is regarded as the kind of disciplinarian the Jets might covet to replace Bowles. David Shaw and Chris Petersen are far less likely to leave for a job in the pros.

Other NFL candidates

Another option might be raiding a coaching staff from one of the league's best offenses. Are offensive coordinators Eric Bienemy from the Chiefs and Pete Carmichael from the Saints ready for a head coaching role? Matt LaFleur, who was on the Rams' staff until moving to the Titans during the offseason could also be considered. If the Jets can't attract one of these three, perhaps they could instead pursue a position coach like Dan Campbell or Zac Taylor from one of these teams for a coordinator role.

What should the Jets do?

With the current emphasis on high-powered offenses around the league, it's encouraging to know that there are multiple respected offensive minds potentially available.

The dilemma for the Jets is going to be to establish which of these coaches were most responsible for developing successful offenses rather than just enjoying success with players that were so talented they likely would have thrived no matter who was coaching them.

There's a mixture of youthful candidates with fresh ideas and more experienced candidates with prior success at the pro level. While the Jets would presumably like to have a younger option to team up with Darnold for the long-term, there's a risk that such a candidate might not find it quite so easy to put together a strong coaching staff.

Having invested so much to get Darnold, the Jets are obviously impressed with what he's shown so far and will be determined to create the best possible situation within which he can thrive. Assuming they fire Bowles next week, it's going to be challenging to identify the ideal person for the job.

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19 minutes ago, Joe W. Namath said:

Difillipo couldnt hold an oc for even a year.  Hes not a canidate for anything.

Which doesn't mean a thing if he has the other things you look for in a HC.  Being the scapegoat in Minny doesn't mean he's not a candidate

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4 minutes ago, Jet Nut said:

Which doesn't mean a thing I'd he has the other things you look for in a HC.  Being the scapegoat in Minny doesn't mean he's not a candidate

Yes it does.  The Jets cannot hire a first time head coach who was so bad he couldnt hold his current position for even a year.    Get real dude.

 

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14 minutes ago, Joe W. Namath said:

Yes it does.  The Jets cannot hire a first time head coach who was so bad he couldnt hold his current position for even a year.    Get real dude.

 

Because going on how good a coordinator someone is guarantees he'll be a successful HC?  Like Bowles, Rex, Mangini, Herm, Coslet, Walton?  There's a whole lot more to being a HC 

But these searched always lead to fans who like someone or don't telling people who is the best or worst candidates

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4 hours ago, Jet Nut said:

Because going on how good a coordinator someone is guarantees he'll be a successful HC?  Like Bowles, Rex, Mangini, Herm, Coslet, Walton?  There's a whole lot more to being a HC 

But these searched always lead to fans who like someone or don't telling people who is the best or worst candidates

Give me one example in NFL history where a bad coordinator became a good head coach. Being a HC is a promotion- you don’t get those if you suck at your job.

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28 minutes ago, nico002 said:

Give me one example in NFL history where a bad coordinator became a good head coach. Being a HC is a promotion- you don’t get those if you suck at your job.

Give me reasons, in your words and your observations that mean he sucked at his job.  You know, other than you just said he sucked.  

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I truly despise the thought of Jim Harbaugh.

  1) He's a run-first guy in an era where it is statistically proven that first downs are the best downs to throw on
  2) He's an abrasive guy who wears down anyone and everyone he touches
  3) He doesn't win big games. Not in college, not in the pros

Popular opinion aside, he's not someone that develops QBs. He simply maximizes a QB's effectiveness in his system:

  - Andrew Luck was already an incredible talent before he got to Stanford, and Harbaugh's system allowed him to thrive
  - He wasn't able to develop Alex Smith so he benched him and traded him, and then Andy Reid made Alex a ton of money
  - He made Kaep a star against weaker defenses, but the knock on Kaep was always that he couldn't cut it against good defenses, and once Harbaugh left, Kaep became a disaster because he wasn't developed, he was simply made effective in Harbaugh's system

Given all of the above and extrapolating his results over to the Jets, why would we want someone who is only going to be here for 4-5 years, won't be able to win the big game in those 4-5 years, and won't help develop Sam into a QB who will thrive even once Harbaugh is gone?

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