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More Rumors About the Coaching Staff

Mike Lafleur

There are more rumors about the coaching staff and Jets fans are liking what they are hearing. Nothing has been officially announced yet, but the other day we mentioned what is being reported for offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach with Mike LaFleur and Mile Austin being mentioned for those positions.

A few more names came out yesterday:

In our forums Football Guy provides some additional thoughts and gives thoughts on Sam Darnold and possible defensive coordinators.

Official Hires

  • HC: Robert Saleh, San Francisco 49ers (2020)
  • OC: Mike LaFleur, San Francisco 49ers (2020)
  • QB: Greg Knapp, Atlanta Falcons (2020)
  • RB: Taylor Embree, Colorado University (2020)
  • WR: Miles Austin, formerly San Francisco 49ers (2019)
  • OL/run game coordinator: John Benton, San Francisco 49ers (2020)
  • Pass game specialist: Rob Calabrese, Denver Broncos (2020)


  • DC: Jeff Ulbrich, Atlanta Falcons (could also coach LBs)


  • Hiring John Benton is a huge score. One of the best line coaches in the league; Jets were able to lure him by “promoting” him to Run Game Coordinator.
  • Not news: Douglas/Saleh/LaFleur are all Sam Darnold fans.  News: Greg Knapp is a huge Sam Darnold fan. He’s coached among the best, and thought Darnold was Andrew Luck-level prospect. More and more it’s looking like this coaching staff will look to develop Darnold as opposed to getting rid of him. Rich Scangarello, who the Jets also considered, signed with the 49ers.
  • Raheem Morris is among the top candidates for the DC position, but it sounds like he’ll choose JAX. It makes sense for him (more power, no state income tax, etc.)
  • There are a number of defensive coaches being looked at, many who have worked with Saleh before (Todd Walsh, Marquand Manuel, Mike Rutenberg). Another name to keep an eye on is Anthony Weaver; he’s highly respected and Joe Douglas likes him a lot

This Article Was Written By Phil Sullivan

Phil Sullivan

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