The Jets finished the 2017 season with a 5-11 record after Sunday's loss to the Patriots. Here's what's going on Tuesday:
Need to know
The Jets cleaned out their lockers yesterday and will now embark upon the first stages of their offseason plan.
In case you missed it on TJB
Christian Hackenberg didn't play on Sunday because it "wasn't his time."
Bent breaks down the defense in this week's BGA.
Despite the Jets' youth, they believe they can compete with Patriots despite losing by 20.
The Jets signed nine players from their practice squad to futures deals.
Will the Raiders pursue offensive coordinator John Morton if they hire Jon Gruden?
Today's Jets links roundup
Todd Bowles' final message to the team: No excuses >> Popper, NY Daily News
Kony Ealy says the Jets will definitely make the playoffs next year >> Slater, NJ.com
Will Josh McCown retire? >> Cimini, ESPN
What does the Jets' draft slot mean for their quarterback search? >> Vasquez, The Record
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It could be all change at the quarterback position for the Jets next season. Not only does Rich Cimini allude to the possibility that McCown might retire, but also Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News wrote it's possible both Bryce Petty and Hackenberg won't be back next year. Although the Jets signed Joel Stave to a futures deal, he's only been working with the scout team since McCown went on injured reserve and isn't seen as a likely candidate to earn a job.
With the possibility of Morton's departure and wholesale changes expected on the offensive line, it's difficult to see this offense having much continuity next year. That's where the roles of assistant coaches like Steve Marshall, Stump Mitchell and Karl Dorrell will be crucial.
Marshall and Dorrell are holdovers from the Chan Gailey staff, and each played a key role as the Jets transitioned from Gailey's system into Morton's West Coast offense. Dorrell, in particular, would have faced the challenge of preparing his pass catchers to make the adjustment to the requirements for more precise route running in Morton's system. Robby Anderson thrived in his role this year.
Mitchell is an ambitious coach who might be capable of taking on more of a running-game coordinator role if Morton departs. Quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates has already been identified as an obvious candidate to take over for Morton, and he should ensure a seamless transition. In fact, he already called plays in this offense when Morton was first a coordinator back in his USC days.