After a turbulent season, the Jets can have a brand new offensive coordinator subsequent season.
The Jets and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur parted methods Wednesday, in line with a supply. Earlier within the day, a report mentioned LaFleur had been fired, however it was mentioned to be inaccurate, in line with a supply on the time.
The studies of LaFleur’s standing led groups to inquire about his companies for subsequent season. This transfer permits him to pursue different alternatives because the Jets will start to seek for his substitute beginning Thursday.
The Jets offense struggled all through the 2022 season, ending twenty fifth in complete yardage (318.2) and twenty ninth in factors per recreation (17.4). The Jets offense didn’t enhance a lot from LaFleur’s first season in Florham Park, as they ranked twenty eighth in factors per recreation (18.2) and twenty sixth in yardage (306.4). It didn’t assist LaFleur’s trigger that the Jets protection improved from thirty second final 12 months to fourth within the league this season.
Not solely did the Jets lose six consecutive video games to finish the 2022 season at 7-10, however their offense was the primary wrongdoer. Gang Green failed to seek out the top zone in its final three video games, together with Sunday’s 11-6 loss to the Dolphins to finish the season.
During the Jets 5-2 begin, the staff’s offense was led by rookie working again Breece Hall. But he tore his ACL in late October and the Jets solely gained two video games the remainder of the season.
As little as two weeks in the past, Robert Saleh backed LaFleur after the Jets didn’t rating a landing within the 23-6 loss at Seattle. Saleh hoped LaFleur and the Jets offense would enhance, however that didn’t occur.
LaFleur additionally obtained a number of criticism on the best way he dealt with second-year quarterback Zach Wilson and the Jets quarterback carousel this 12 months as Mike White and Joe Flacco additionally obtained time underneath middle. Wilson suffered a preseason meniscus tear within the 12 months’s first preseason recreation.
After Wilson returned three video games into the 12 months following a 1-2 begin, the Jets offense by no means obtained on observe as he regressed from his rookie season. Wilson was finally benched a number of instances as he threw for 1,688 yards, six touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
“It always starts with the coach,” Saleh mentioned on Monday concerning the staff’s offensive struggles. “It all the time begins with me, there’s an id, there’s a mindset, there’s rules, however on the similar time, there’s a number of issues.
“Like I said, it’s not the quarterback’s fault, it’s not the O-line’s fault, it’s not a receivers, it’s not the coordinator, it’s all-encompassing, it’s football, there’s 11 players on the team, every player has a coach and so it’s about finding out how we can get better together and making sure that it’s collective, but we all own a piece of it.”
Now the Jets will search for a brand new offensive coordinator in a crucial 12 months for the franchise and Saleh. Gang Green has not made the playoffs since 2010 and will probably be the third season for Saleh because the staff’s head coach.
The Jets may even seemingly must discover a new quarterback after sitting Wilson for the ultimate two video games of the 12 months. They plan to maintain creating Wilson, however gamers which were rumored are Raiders quarterback Derek Carr or 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
Saleh additionally instructed reporters that he wished to fill a senior teaching assistant function that was first created when the Jets employed Greg Knapp in 2021 earlier than he died in a bicycle accident. One title that has been rumored to be in line for the Jets is former Texans and Broncos coach Gary Kubiak.
“We had Knapper [Gregg Knapp], God rest his soul,” Saleh mentioned. “I can look back and reflect on whether or not I should’ve replaced that position last year. I chose not to. I wanted to quiet the room, but that is a position that we’re definitely going to replace.”.