FLORHAM PARK, N.J - Head coach Todd Bowles may be back for another season with the Jets, but it looks like one of his coordinators -- and possibly both of them -- might not be back with him.
The jobs of offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers are in jeopardy and will be discussed when Bowles meets with Jets management and his coaching staff this week, according to a team source.
Gailey's offense regressed badly this season as the Jets' quarterbacks struggled. And Rodgers' defense, though it finished a deceptive 11th in the NFL, underperformed most of the year.
Gailey, who turns 65 years old on Thursday, may decide to retire on his own after 20 seasons coaching in the NFL.
It does not appear that Bowles is being forced to make any staff changes by Jets owner Woody Johnson -- and Johnson is technically the only person who could force those changes, since both Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan report directly to him.
Bowles was asked about Gailey's future at his season-ending press conference on Monday, and he declined several opportunities to say that he wanted Gailey back. He pointedly refused to say anything about the future of anyone on his staff.
"That's something we have to meet with the coaches about," Bowles said. "I haven't met with the coaches yet to discuss. So, right now until we go through the process, everything's as is. We'll meet in the next couple days with everybody, and we'll go over that as we see forward."
Bowles did call Gailey "a hell of a coach -- that's why I hired him in the first place." But he also had a harsh review of Gailey's performance this season.
"I don't think he did very well," Bowles said. "I don't think I did very well. I don't think any coach did very well with the record we have."
The 5-11 Jets did struggle badly on offense, where they ranked 26th in the NFL (329.2 yards per game) -- way down from 10th in 2015. Much of that had to do with the early struggles of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the messy Jets quarterback situation where backup Geno Smith got hurt in his first appearance and second-year pro Bryce Petty struggled before injuring his shoulder late in the season.
The struggles of the defense under the 47-year-old Rodgers, though, might have been more surprising given the high expectations for a unit that ranked fourth in the NFL one year ago. After a promising opener where the Jets had seven sacks against the Bengals, the pass rush virtually disappeared, with just 20 sacks in the next 15 games. The secondary -- particularly veteran cornerback Darrelle Revis -- struggled all season too, giving up far too many big pass plays.
There were also discipline problems on defense -- most notably Mo Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson, who were benched for part of one game for supposedly missing or being late to meetings. Richardson was also in the center of the Jets' locker room divide, engaging in a season-long feud with receiver Brandon Marshall.
It's not clear how much Bowles blames his coaches for the locker room issues that spiraled out of control all season long.