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Report: Jets Showing Interest in John Morton As OC

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The Saints Wide Receivers coach is gaining a little traction and may be set for an interview with Gang Green.

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According to a recent PFR report, the Jets continue to have interest in former Texans OC George Godsey. However a new name has appeared in John Morton, the current New Orleans Saints wide receivers coach.

The search for a new OC has hardly been a testament to efficiency. The Jets wanted to say that Chan Gailey retired and that he gave them a years notice. However it's more likely the Jets and Chan decided to part ways after a disastrous 5 win season. That would explain the lack of interviews we've seen for the OC position. If they were really given a year, would our options have been limited to John DeFilippo and Eric Studesville? DeFilippo was denied an interview by the Eagles, and Studesville decided to stay in Denver. There were reports that we were interested in Mike McCoy, who took the Denver job (smart choice), and Chiefs co-OC Matt Nagy, but nothing substantial.

So now John Morton has come onto the scene as a potential target, and it's easy to see why. The Saints have one of the best passing attacks in the league, and although he's never actually called plays in the NFL, Morton has experience working under Peter Carroll, Lane Kiffin, Jim Harbaugh, Norv Turner and Sean Payton. The Saints had 3 receivers finish with at least 70 catches, and rookie Michael Thomas notched up 92 receptions for 1,137 yards and 9 touchdowns. Sure, it doesn't hurt that you have a guy like Drew Brees under center, but the numbers are impressive.

When you consider that the Jets have a host of young wide receivers, bringing in a guy who knows how to nurture talent from the position isn't a bad idea. We're talking of guys like Enunwa, Anderson, Peake, Marshall, and dare I say it, maybe even Devin Smith.

The OC position for the Jets isn't that appealing. You had no QB, problem at the tackle position and a head coach who's job security is shaky at best. Looking at a guy like John Morton who's likely ready to take a shot at being an NFL OC and needs a team to believe in him is a good idea.