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NY Jets: No Experience Required

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The New York Jets have assembled an upper level staff with the least upper level experience in the NFL.

To quantify that statement let's put together some parameters.  Upper level staff will be defined as the positions of head coach, offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, and general manager.  Upper level experience will be defined as years of experience at the NFL level (college experience will not count) in any upper level (i.e., head coach, coordinator and/or general manager) capacity.  Partial years such as short stints as interim coaches will not count.

The Jets upper level staff consists of head coach Todd Bowles, offensive coordinator John Morton, defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers and general manager Mike Maccagnan.  Bowles has two years head coaching experience and two years experience as a defensive coordinator.  Morton has no upper level experience.  Rodgers has two years experience as a defensive coordinator.  Maccagnan has two years experience as a general manager.  That gives the Jets upper level staff a total of eight years combined upper level experience.  No team in the NFL has less.  The Dolphins have nine years upper level experience. The 49ers also have nine years, but have yet to fill some upper level positions.  No other NFL team has less than 13 years upper level experience.

Only two NFL teams have less head coaching experience than the Jets.  Only one NFL team, the Falcons, who just lost both their coordinators, has less coordinator experience than the Jets.  Six NFL teams have less general manager experience than the Jets.

What is remarkable about the relative lack of upper level experience on the Jets staff is that this is now the third year of the current regime.  Inexperienced staffs are sometimes forged out of necessity the first year of a new regime.  For the Jets to have the least experienced upper level staff in the NFL going into the third year of this regime is surprising.

One thing NFL teams often do is pair inexperienced head coaches with coordinators that have head coaching experience, as a way of providing some experience and guidance to the team. More than half of NFL teams currently have coordinators with prior NFL head coaching experience.  Chan Gailey filled that role with the Jets before his retirement.

Perhaps Todd Bowles is comfortable with the relative lack of experience due to his background with the Cardinals. The Cardinals staff put together a few years back when Bruce Arians was brought in as head coach and hired Todd Bowles as his defensive coordinator had no upper level experience at any upper level position. That staff had early success and for a time appeared on the verge of competing for a Super Bowl title.

Here is the complete list of NFL teams' upper level experience. This list was compiled by hand with my own research. Asterisks denote open positions on staff. If any errors have crept in please feel free to correct the record in the comments.

Team

HC Experience

OC Experience

DC Experience

GM Experience

Total High Level Experience

.

NEP

24

9

14

17

64

DAL

13

15

6

28

62

BAL

11

14

9

21

55

CIN

14

1

10

26

51

GRB

19

2

15

12

48

TEN

7

14

26

1

48

CHI

15

2

24

2

43

LAR

9

3

25

5

42

MIN

5

6

19

11

41

PIT

13

8

3

17

41

KAN

23

6

7

4

40

CLE

7

14

16

1

38

SEA

11

11

8

7

37

NOR

13

11

3

15

32

BUF

3

9

15

4

31

HOU

7

1*

11

11

30*

PHI

6

6

10

7

29

WASH

3

12

9

4

28

TAM

8

10

6

3

27

CAR

6

8

6

4

24

NYG

4

5

5

10

24

ARI

4

13

2

4

23

OAK

11

0

6

5

22

DEN

4

4

1

6

15

IND

6

7

2

0

15

DET

6

4

3

1

14

ATL

2

0

2

9

13

JAX

2

6

1

4

13

LAC

4

5

0*

4

13*

MIA

1

7

0

1

9

SF

0

9*

0*

0

9*

NYJ

2

0

4

2

8