FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Sam Darnold’s emergence performed a pivotal position within the New York Jets’ resolution to retain the person who drafted him, basic supervisor Mike Maccagnan, and now the younger quarterback would be the point of interest of the group’s search for a brand new coach.
That was the message Monday from the Jets, who break up up the Maccagnan-Todd Bowles tandem by firing the coach on Sunday night time.
The Jets want a coach with a robust outward persona who can bridge a widening hole between the coaching workers and the personnel division.
Todd Bowles, who presided over one of many worst three-year stretches in franchise historical past, was fired Sunday night in a long-anticipated transfer, although Jets possession opted to retain embattled basic supervisor Mike Maccagnan.
CEO Christopher Johnson and Maccagnan, who will work collectively to discover Bowles’ substitute, each confused the significance of hiring a coach who could make Darnold a star.
“The particular person does not have to be an offensive- or defensive-minded coach, per se, however we undoubtedly need to be certain they’ve a plan in place to develop our younger quarterback in Sam Darnold,” Maccagnan mentioned.
The Jets have already got reached out to least three potential candidates. They requested permission to communicate with Kansas Metropolis Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken and Dallas Cowboys defensive backs coach Kris Richard, sources mentioned.
Each Maccagnan and Johnson imagine Darnold will appeal to prime candidates.
“We have some nice younger gamers, together with and particularly Sam,” Johnson mentioned. “We’ve not had what we predict is a franchise quarterback in a superb very long time.”
Darnold completed his rookie season on an upswing, however it wasn’t sufficient to save Bowles, who completed with a 24-40 document in 4 seasons. The Jets went Four-12 this season, together with 9 losses of their final 10 video games.
As a substitute of a housecleaning, Johnson determined to stick to Maccagnan, whose spotty drafting document has come underneath scrutiny.
“We have developed what I feel is an effective plan,” mentioned Johnson, explaining why he saved Maccagnan. “It is a plan we’re in sync on, and it actually got here along with Sam. Now we’re going to find a way to construct with Sam, and construct round Sam and with nice gamers we now have on this group already.”
Johnson made it clear he believes the group underachieved. The appearing proprietor disagreed with security Jamal Adams, who made headlines by questioning the group’s expertise degree within the aftermath of its season-ending loss to the New England Patriots.
“Who would not need extra expertise? However I do not suppose that is the whole reply,” Johnson mentioned. “I feel we now have some actual good expertise on this group already. We must always’ve completed higher within the win-loss column. However I definitely respect his feedback.”
Despite the fact that the Maccagnan-Bowles marriage failed to produce a postseason look, Johnson mentioned he won’t change the facility construction. He mentioned Maccagnan and the brand new coach will report immediately to him, as opposed to the standard method of getting the coach report to the GM.
Johnson additionally mentioned he won’t take into account any head-coaching candidates that demand whole management. That seemingly might get rid of established, big-name coaches.
“I feel that will be the unsuitable particular person for the job,” Johnson mentioned. “That might be off the desk.”
Johnson, in his present position for under two seasons, by no means has coordinated a coaching search. Neither has Maccagnan, who had no enter into the hiring of Bowles in 2015. They’ll spearhead the search, together with vice chairman of personnel Brian Heimerdinger. The Jets don’t have any plans to rent an out of doors agency for steering. Johnson mentioned he’ll make the ultimate resolution.
Their lack of expertise might hinder them in a aggressive market. That Maccagnan has solely two years remaining on his contract additionally might be seen as an obstacle. There are various questions hovering over the Jets, who have not made the playoffs since 2010.
“Look, so much has not gone properly right here,” Johnson mentioned. “Like I mentioned, a part of that’s my fault and I am going to take the blame on that. I would like to do a greater job, however I do not suppose the organizational construction is at fault.”
He declined to say what number of candidates they may interview. Johnson would not rule out a school coach. He mentioned head-coaching expertise is a plus, however not necessary. He prefers a coach with experience in creating quarterbacks, however it’s not a should.
“That is about discovering somebody who can develop a younger group,” Johnson mentioned.
The aim, in fact, is to overtake the Patriots. Requested if he is uninterested in chasing the perennial AFC East champs, Johnson mentioned, “It retains me up at night time.”