Manish Mehta reports and Ian Rapoport confirms the Jets have fired offensive coordinator John Morton.
#Jets hoped OC John Morton would be lured away by another team. Instead, they fire him. QB coach Jeremy Bates a possible replacement.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 17, 2018
To his credit, Mehta has suggested since shortly after the season ended the Jets might not be satisfied with Morton.
This might be surprising to those outside the building, but Rich Cimini says there were some issues behind the scenes.
#Jets decision to part ways with OC John Morton comes as no surprise. As I reported at the end of the season, some players had issues with him. Also some philosophical differences with Todd Bowles.— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) January 17, 2018
Morton's performance wasn't bad, but he turned off some players. He also wasn't beloved among the coaches. The Jets will have their sixth coordinator in 8 years. Talk about a lack of continuity. #Jets— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) January 17, 2018
The Jets tied for 18th in the league with an average of 5 yards per play and were 24th with an average of 18.6 points per game. These are not overly impressive, but one could argue the offense overachieved relative to its scant talent. Quarterback Josh McCown outperformed the expectations most had before going down due to a late season injury. Those overall numbers on the offense were impacted negatively to some extent by the hopeless quarterback situation the final three weeks after McCown’s injury.
We will have to wait and see what other news develops.