When Chan Gailey retired after the miserable 2016 regular season ended, the New York Jets looked to a league-wide pool for qualified candidates to fill a hole at offensive coordinator. After three weeks, Gailey's position is still wide open and there is a sense of urgency on 1 Jets Drive.
Teams are filling up coaching staffs in preparation for next season but the Jets still have a glaring hole to go along with a giant sized question mark at quarterback. Todd Bowles could be coaching for his job in 2017 so the next choice for offensive coordinator will be monumental for the Jets head coach to get right.
According to Rich Cimini, a league source reported that the Jets are interested in former Houston Texans offensive coordinator George Godsey and New Orleans Saints wide receivers coach John Morton. An interview with Godsey could be as soon as this week at the Senior Bowl while ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett reported that the Jets and Morton have already met.
Godsey and the Texans "mutually" parted ways after their divisional round exit to the New England Patriots. Under Godsey, the Texans were 29th in total offense, 28th in scoring offense and 31st in red-zone offense. The Texans coordinator's play-calling duties were taken away after the third game of the season despite talent at wide receiver and running back with DeAndre Hopkins and Lamar Miller. With that said, Godsey was the scapegoat to poor quarterback play from Brock Osweiler.
There is a positive to Godsey as the former Houston coordinator has experience working with quarterbacks and play-calling. The Jets would need Godsey to develop their young quarterbacks: Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. Godsey may have learned from Bill O'Brien, a man who coached Hackenberg during his terrific freshman season.
In Godsey's first year with the Texans in 2015, Houston finished with the 19th best offense after seeing Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, T.J. Yates and Brandon Weeden call plays under center. If you recall, Godsey and Yates teamed up to defeat Bowles and Co. in Week 11 of the 2015 season, 24-17 in Houston.
Morton is an interesting candidate because he was an offensive coordinator at USC and has worked under Sean Payton with the Saints and Jim Harbaugh with the 49ers. The Jets also have a long list of young and talented wide receivers that Morton may be able to bring out the best in. Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Jalin Marshall, Charone Peake, and Devin Smith - let alone Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall - could benefit greatly from a coach who specializes with wide outs.
Currently, New York, the Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers are without offensive coordinators. The Super Bowl bound Atlanta Falcons will join them after Kyle Shanahan reportedly becomes 49ers head coach. Out of the five teams, Atlanta is the clear cut favorite to land the best possible coordinator on the market with the duo of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones.
The Jets find themselves in a sticky situation. Their quarterback situation isn't attractive compared to Atlanta's Ryan and Los Angeles' Jared Goff, or working under the 49ers new head coach and a potential new quarterback to groom in Cleveland.
It doesn't look pretty right now but games aren't won in the offseason. There is still a long way to go. Then again, games aren't won without a competent offensive coordinator either.
The Jets can't afford to mess this up. If the correct candidate is out there, they have to be patient and go through the process. Remember the last time the Jets weren't patient on a coaching candidate? He is the head coach for the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51.
Joe Barone is a staff writer for JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@28JoeBarone) or via email (Joebarone28@gmail.com)