Manish Mehta indicates the Jets are thinking about changing offensive coordinators.
The Daily News reported after the season that the Jets would let Morton join Jon Gruden’s coaching staff in Oakland if the opportunity presented itself. The team hasn’t changed its mind. The Jets wouldn’t stand in the way of a Morton-Gruden reunion if the new Raiders leader offers any position to his former pupil. Gruden announced Greg Olsen as his offensive coordinator Tuesday.
Morton’s situation with the Jets, whose offense languished in the bottom third of the league in nearly every meaningful statistical category, remains unresolved.
There have been internal discussions to elevate quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates, who is regarded by some people on One Jets Drive as the best offensive mind in the building. Bates, however, had given indications as recently as a couple weeks ago that he wasn’t interested in the job.
While the Jets did struggle on offense, it is difficult to put that on Morton. I’m not sure there was a coach in the league that could have gotten good results with the personnel the Jets had.
At this point, only Mehta has hinted at a change being a possibility. It is difficult to come to any conclusions based on this one report. This simply is a situation that is worth monitoring. The softest landing Morton could have had would have been to go to Oakland, but that does not look likely now.