While there might have been rumblings about bringing in other coaches, specifically on the defensive side of the ball ESPN NY’s Rich Cimini writes that at this point he suspects most of the Jets coaching staff will remain intact in 2014.
There has been no official word yet on the coaching staff, but it looks like Rex Ryan wants to keep the group intact. So far, no one has been dismissed, and only one assistant has left — linebackers coach Brian VanGorder, who became the Notre Dame defensive coordinator. Ryan doesn’t appear to be in a rush and probably will take a week or so to finalize everything. At least six assistants have contracts that expire Feb. 1. Departures can’t be ruled out, considering all the openings around the league, but the key staffers are expected back. That means offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comNothing is certain until the team makes any announcements, as Cimini notes, but the lack of churn indicates that most of the staff is staying in place. Ryan will get his one-year extension and his staff will remain more or less the same.
At this point, the spot that is most compelling of course is the offensive coordinator. While there were a few times we wished Mornhinweg would have taken more pressure off his rookie QB in the early and middle parts of the season by running the ball, Mornhinweg seemed to dial in to how to use his personnel by the end of the year. With the team expected to make upgrades at a number of key offensive positions in 2014, Mornhinweg’s scheme should be able to shine a little more.