It has been three weeks since Chan Gailey retired from his job as the Jets' offensive coordinator and the Jets still haven't found a replacement. That's probably not much of a surprise, though. What coach with options would want this job?
That's a question Jets head coach Todd Bowles is trying to answer as he begins what is presumably the final stages of his search at the Senior Bowl this week in Mobile, Ala. His offer is weak: Control of an offense that has no franchise quarterback, an offensive line in flux, no tight end, and age and injury questions at receiver and running back.
He needs someone with a strong stomach, lots of patience, and an understanding that if things don't work out in his first year on the job it might end up being his last.
Perhaps that's why this search has seemed so slow and quiet. The Jets have already struck out with two candidates -- the Eagles refused to let them talk to quarterback coach John DeFilippo, and Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville decided to return to Denver. And presumably, the real high-profile possibilities -- Norv Turner and Chip Kelly -- aren't going to jump into the Jets mess.
Remember, after Super Bowl LI, Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan might become the next head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. That would open up the Falcons' offensive coordinator job -- and there's just no comparison between the two.
So who's left? According to ESPN, Bowles is expected to talk with former Texans offensive coordinator George Godsey and Saints receivers coach John Morton this week. Matt Nagy, the Kansas City Chiefs' co-offensive coordinator, is another coach who could draw interest from the Jets.
No, none of these names will excite the beleaguered fan base. And it's hard to imagine any of them will succeed unless the right quarterback is in place. But this is where the Jets are, so here's a look at the known candidates so far:
George Godsey - The 38-year-old was pushed out after his second season as the Houston Texans' offensive coordinator -- a miserable season running the fourth-worst offense in the NFL. The Texans weren't much better in his first season (19th in 2015). But at least he's familiar with running an offense with quarterback problems. This year he was saddled with Brock Osweiler and, after he was benched, second-year pro Tom Savage. In his first season, he had to make do with the forgettable trio of Brian Hoyer, T.J. Yates, and Brandon Weeden.
It's interesting to note that according to NFL Network's Albert Breer, Godsey -- a former Patriots assistant (2011-13) -- was instrumental in getting current Texans coach Bill O'Brien to recruit current Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg to Penn State a few years ago. The Jets have not given up on Hackenberg as their quarterback of the future, so they'll want an offensive coordinator who believes in his potential.
John Morton - The 47-year-old's only experience as an offensive coordinator was at USC. He's been mostly a receivers coach in the NFL (with the 49ers from 2011-14 and with the Saints since 2015), but he's worked in two impressive offensive systems with two brilliant offensive minds -- Jim Harbaugh in San Francisco and Sean Payton in New Orleans. Morton officially interviewed for the job on Tuesday when he met with Bowles at the Senior Bowl, according to a source.
Matt Nagy - The 38-year-old New Jersey native served as the co-offensive coordinator of the Chiefs with Brad Childress last season after three years as their quarterbacks coach. The Chiefs, with Alex Smith at quarterback, finished only 20th in the NFL in offense but the Nagy-Childress team led a very efficient, mistake-free attack despite two limited quarterbacks (Nick Foles started one game for Smith).
Bowles and Nagy worked together on the same staff in Philadelphia in 2012, under Andy Reid. Also, as noted previously by ESPN, Nagy's father, Bill coached Bowles in high school.
It's not clear if the Jets have asked for permission to speak to Nagy, but one league source said it seemed "unlikely" the Chiefs would let him leave.