At long last, the New York Jets have reportedly found their next offensive coordinator.
The Jets will hire New Orleans Saints wide receivers coach John Morton to fill the vacancy, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Reports surfaced last week at the Senior Bowl that the Jets were interested in Morton, along with ex-Houston Texans offensive coordinator George Godsey.
Morton has served as New Orleans’ wide receivers coach the past two seasons after holding the same position with the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-14. He’s bounced back and forth between the professional and collegiate ranks and has play calling experience at USC. He coached Matt Barkley while serving as the Trojans’ offensive coordinator from 2009-11.
Morton, 47, played in the NFL for four professional seasons. He will replace Chan Gailey, who retired after being hired by Todd Bowles two years ago. New York ranked 26th in total offense and averaged only 17.2 points per game last season.
New Orleans’ offense remained one of the most explosive in the NFL. The Saints led the league in total offense (426 yards per game) and averaged 29.3 points per game.
Of course, Morton will experience a substantial downgrade at quarterback. He’ll be going from coaching Drew Brees to one of the worst quarterback situations in the NFL. Currently, the Jets have Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg on the roster and both look like uncertain prospects, at best.
New York has some veteran talent on offense, but that could change soon. The Jets might part ways with wide receiver Brandon Marshall and could even let Eric Decker go after his season was ended by injury. Morton could help young receivers Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson and Charone Peake develop further. He’s helped develop Brandin Cooks, Michael Thomas and Willie Snead during his time at New Orleans.
Morton has an uphill battle ahead of him, and he might not have much time to turn the offense around. Bowles could be on the hot seat entering his third season.