Reports from ESPN and NJ.com today indicate that former Chicago Bears outside linebackers coach Clint Hurtt will not be joining the New York Jets’ staff in the same position, after all.
Reports can be tricky things sometimes.
Sporting News reported 11 days ago that the Jets would bring on Hurtt as their new outside linebackers coach to replace the fired Mark Collins. Hurtt had declined a contract extension offer from the Bears.
It looked like a good fit on paper, because Hurtt coached linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin at the collegiate level (Louisville) and Mauldin has referred to Hurtt as a father figure.
So what could cause the Jets and Hurtt to drop the plans to team up? The only hint we have from reports right now is that “the two sides never reached an agreement.” It could signal it was a money issue, though not necessarily. Perhaps a job opened up that Hurtt found more appealing, or perhaps he decided to return to Chicago after all.
At any rate, despite reports about Hurtt and Dennard Wilson joining the Jets’ staff, the team itself has not announced any hires officially. The positions of offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, running backs coach, defensive line coach and defensive backs coach remain open in addition to outside linebackers coach.