Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Lincoln Riley.
- The New York Jets fired Todd Bowles after a third straight season with fewer than six wins and are now interviewing head coaching candidates for 2019.
- Lincoln Riley (+803) of the Oklahoma Sooners is the favorite to land the job per oddsmakers, but has recently gone on record stating he isn't transitioning to the NFL soon.
- Mike McCarthy and Kliff Kingsbury are next on the list at 10-1 a piece, but McCarthy could end up getting to pick where he goes from a few different options.
The Jets are in need of a head coach. Todd Bowles got the boot after a third consecutive season in which he failed to earn six wins. In his four seasons, he went 24-40 straight up and 28-32-4 against the spread.
The Jets have a young quarterback who could be the next franchise guy, but he didn’t exactly wow folks in his rookie campaign. New York would probably be wise to target a coach who can mold Sam Darnold into one of the best quarterbacks in the game, as we all know it’s basically impossible to be successful these days with a bad quarterback.
Oddsmakers have a list of 14 coaching candidates, as well as the “field,” to become the next Jets head coach. Leading the way is Lincoln Riley — head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners.
Why is Riley the favorite? I don’t know. Last week, he stated he would not be coming to the NFL anytime soon. Perhaps his odds should be closer to Urban Meyer’s.
Next on the list are Mike McCarthy and Kliff Kingsbury. McCarthy is supposedly going to interview for the job soon, as he probably will for a bunch of teams. He’s one of the most proven and successful coaching options on the market, so teams like the Jets and Browns, who have young, stud QBs that they need to flourish, could seek out McCarthy given Aaron Rodgers’ success.
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Kingsbury is also reportedly set to interview with the Jets, as well as the Cardinals. The former quarterback coached Texas Tech for six seasons and developed one of the better offensive teams in the nation. Tech’s defense, however, was not so good, which ultimately led to a career 35-40 record and zero seasons with a winning conference record.
Also listed is Josh McDaniels, who’s a hot commodity on the coaching market as he was last year. We all know how that ended, but I think it’s unlikely he leaves another team at the altar this year if he does decide to leave New England.