John Morton is out as the Jets' offensive coordinator due to irreconcilable differences of philosophy with Todd Bowles and a loss of too much faith from his players. The Jets players -- and Bowles -- clearly believed their offense should've been a lot better than it was.
The question now is: Who is the right man to make sure it is better next season?
The immediate favorite seems to be Jeremy Bates, the Jets' well-respected quarterbacks coach, but according to multiple sources and reports, there are several other candidates expected to emerge.
Here's a look at whom the possibilities currently seem to be:
- Jeremy Bates - The Jets lured him back to the NFL after four years out of football in the hopes that he could work some magic with their young quarterbacks. Instead, he helped work magic with their old QB as veteran Josh McCown had a career season. Bates is very well-respected in the organization and his presence as offensive coordinator could be a plus if the Jets do move on to a young quarterback next year (or at least begin the transition). His lone season as an offensive coordinator -- 2010 with Seattle in Pete Carroll's first season -- wasn't very good, but that team was beginning to rebuild.
- Todd Haley - His contract wasn't renewed after a strong six-year run as the Steelers' offensive coordinator, reportedly because of friction with QB Ben Roethlisberger. Still, Roethlisberger put up huge numbers in Haley's offense, which ranked in the Top 10 in each of the last four seasons. Haley and Bowles have a history, working together on Bill Parcells' Dallas Cowboys staff in 2005-06 and Haley has a history with the Jets, where he was the wide receivers coach from 1997-2000. His father, Dick, was the Jets' director of player personnel from 1991-2002.
- John DeFilippo - He might have been higher on the Jets than Morton last year when they were trying to replace the retiring Chan Gailey, but the Eagles denied the Jets permission to interview their quarterbacks coach. They certainly might do that again. Also, DeFilippo is a finalist for the Arizona Cardinals head coaching job and he's expected to get a second interview next week. If the Jets can get him, though, he sure has worked wonders with young quarterback Carson Wentz in Philadelphia. He also has one year of experience as an offensive coordinator, with the Browns in 2015.
- Mike McCoy - Always regarded as a bright offensive mind, the Chargers had Top 10 offenses twice, and another in the Top 15, in his four years as head coach from 2013-16. He also had a really successful run as the Broncos offensive coordinator from 2009-12, despite having Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow, and an old Peyton Manning as his quarterbacks. His return to Denver didn't work out so well last year and he was fired during the season.
- Brian Callahan - The Detroit Lions quarterbacks coach is very highly regarded around the league, but he might not be available. The Lions reportedly blocked Callahan from interviewing for coordinator jobs last year. His status now is unclear because the Lions fired coach Jim Caldwell and they are apparently waiting for the Patriots season to end so they can hire Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as their next head coach. If he wants Callahan the Jets will have to look elsewhere. If not, he's earned rave reviews for how Matt Stafford has developed under his watch and that could be a good thing for a team hoping to have a young quarterback to groom.