It is the final day of the 2018 NFL regular season. In recent seasons it hasn’t been uncommon for Ian Rapoport to break some news on Sunday morning of Week 17 about the job security of prominent Jets figures.
On this Week 17 he indicates a coaching change is likely coming while a general manager change looks less likely.
The Jets are expected to fire coach Todd Bowles after four seasons, sources say. By this point in the season, all parties know this is coming. Bowles was asked about his job performance on Friday and said, “The record says it all.” Three seasons in a row with, at most, five wins doesn’t cut it. Bowles should draw interest from other teams with head-coach vacancies, possibly being interviewed in Arizona. When this opening is created, it will be coveted -- thanks in part to the presence of QB Sam Darnold. Packers coach Mike McCarthy and former Lions coach Jim Caldwell figure to be among the candidate the team seeks to interview. GM Mike Maccagnan is believed to be safe, though it’s unclear what would happen if a candidate demands total control.
Rapoport tends to know what he’s talking about. I think this would be an unforced error and a half-measure.
Soon enough we will know for sure whether it is the path the Jets have chosen.