February 28, 2021

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Who they’re interviewing for head coach

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Who they're interviewing for head coach


The Jets have begun submitting requests for head coaching interviews after firing Adam Gase. We’ll keep an updated list here on who the Jets are seeking to speak with. Check back often:

Matt Eberflus – Colts defensive coordinator

The NFL Network reported the Jets have requested an interview. With the Colts playing this weekend, the Jets would not be able to interview Eberflus until next week. Eberflus has been with the Colts for three years. Jets assistant GM Rex Hogan worked with Eberflus in Indianapolis before joining the Jets in 2019, so there is some familiarity with him inside the Jets.

Eberflus, 50, took a defense that finished No. 30 in scoring and total defense and turned them into a defense that finished No. 10 in scoring and No. 11 in total in 2018. The Colts do not have a lot of defensive stars, but their defense is consistently good. He has helped develop second-round pick Darius Leonard into a top linebacker. The Colts finished this season No. 8 in total defense and No. 11 in scoring. Eberflus interviewed with the Browns in 2019 for their coaching job.

The Texans have also requested to interview Eberflus, according to the NFL Network.

Arthur Smith – Titans offensive coordinator

ESPN reported the Jets are expected to request an interview with Smith. The Titans are in the playoffs and an interview could not occur until next week.

Smith, 38, has been the offensive coordinator in Tennessee for two years. He has helped Ryan Tannehill rebuild his career with the Titans and overseen a strong running game led by Derrick Henry. The Titans ranked third in total offense this year, second in rushing and fourth in scoring.

Before becoming the offensive coordinator, Smith was the Titans tight ends coach for three seasons. He has been with Tennessee in some capacity since 2011.

Smith’s father Frederick Smith is the founder of FedEx.

Eric Bieniemy – Chiefs offensive coordinator

ESPN reported the Jets have requested an interview with Bieniemy as have the Lions and the Falcons. The Jets interviewed Bieniemy in 2019 before hiring Gase, but were concerned about his lack of experience as a play-caller.

Bieniemy, 51, oversees the No. 1 offense in the NFL. He has been Kansas City’s coordinator since 2018 after serving as its running backs coach from 2013-17. The Chiefs have a high-powered offense, but there is a question of how much Bieniemy is responsible for and how much is due to head coach Andy Reid, the team’s primary play-caller.

Chiefs players have campaigned for Bieniemy to get a head coaching job and were very upset last year when he was passed over by several teams he interviewed with. Bieniemy is expected to be one of the top candidates in this hiring cycle. Previous Chiefs offensive coordinators under Reid have gone on to become head coaches with Doug Pederson in Philadelphia and Matt Nagy in Chicago. Bieniemy can interview virtually this week since the Chiefs have a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Jets coaching candidates, Eric Bieniemy, Matt Eberflus, Arthur Smith
Eric Bieniemy, Matt Eberflus, Arthur Smith
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Brian Daboll — Bills offensive coordinator

The NFL Network reported the Jets have requested an interview with Daboll. Bills quarterback Josh Allen flourished this season under Daboll’s tutelage and that has caught people’s attention around the NFL.

Daboll, 45, has a diverse coaching background. He spent 10 seasons on the staff of the Patriots in two stints under Bill Belichick. He also coached under Nick Saban for a year at Alabama, winning the national championship there as co-offensive coordinator in 2017. Daboll worked for the Jets as their quarterbacks coach under Eric Mangini in 2007-08.

Daboll has been Buffalo’s coordinator since 2018. The Bills finished No. 2 in total and scoring offense this season. Allen is in the MVP conversation after throwing 37 toucdowns and 4,544 yards. The Bills are playing this weekend, so Daboll won’t be permitted to interview until next week.


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