Each week SB Nation team sites are asked a question. This week we have been asked to identify the most likely future head coach on our team’s coaching staff.
This wasn’t an easy question to answer because there is no obvious choice. Nobody on Todd Bowles’ staff is likely to get a single head coaching interview this year.
In terms of position coaches, wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell stands out. His work developing sixth round pick Quincy Enunwa and undrafted free agent Robby Anderson has been impressive. He also has head coaching experience in a major media market, posting a winning record as head coach of UCLA from 2003 to 2007. Most head coaching hires come from the coordinator ranks, though. Dorrell’s next step would likely be getting an offensive coordinator job.
Among Jets coordinators, Morton stands out more than anybody else. He has worked under a number of successful coaches and has done a solid job working around limited offensive talent with the Jets this season. His playbook is well-designed, and he has done solid work as a playcaller.
To be honest, I think it is more likely than Morton will never be a head coach in the NFL. He still has a long path to get there that will likely include developing a quarterback the Jets draft. Brian Schottenheimer and Marty Mornhinweg are recent examples of Jets offensive coordinators who got a lot of love for beating minimal expectations in year one but ultimately failing.
Somebody has to be the most likely, though, and it is probably Morton.