Offensive coordinator John Morton’s future with the New York Jets appeared muddled. Now it’s evident the Jets will make a change.
The Jets have fired Morton after just one season on the job, according to the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta.
Speculation arose that Morton’s relationship with Jets head coach Todd Bowles was rocky after Morton was rumored to be a candidate to join newly-hired coach Jon Gruden as the offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders. Gruden eventually hired Greg Olson to be his play caller. Reports also surfaced suggesting philosophical differences between Bowles and Morton.
Morton’s brief tenure with the Jets was occasionally inspiring, but often lacking ingenuity. Players like Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse, Bilal Powell, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Elijah McGuire had nice moments in Morton’s West Coast and spread scheme. Veteran quarterback Josh McCown had a career year before getting injured.
However, New York’s offense never truly clicked. The Jets ranked 28th in total offense, 24th in passing offense, 19th in rushing offense and 24th in scoring. Gang Green often staged impressive opening drives, but struggled once Morton was forced to call unscripted plays.
As for potential replacements, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley could be in play, as well as Jets quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates.
“I thought Jeremy [Bates] did an outstanding job this season,” Bowles said. “When he’s standing back there with [the quarterbacks]… he gives them tips, tidbits, fundamentals and techniques and things to work on and things to watch.”
The eventual hire will become the third offensive coordinator in four years under Bowles.