The New York Jets have requested to interview Matt Eberflus, one of the most intriguing defensive names on the head coach market. Is he the right guy for the Jets?
One of the lesser-known names on the Jets’ list of head coaching targets is Matt Eberflus, the defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts.
Jets have put in a request to interview Colts' DC Matt Eberflus for their HC position, per source.
Jets also expected to request permission on Titans' OC Arthur Smith.
There will be more; this is a fluid, thorough and lengthy, process.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 4, 2021
The Jets have a connection to Eberflus through assistant general manager Rex Hogan, who was a member of Indianapolis’ front office when Eberflus was hired by the team in 2018. This connection is one of the primary reasons that Eberflus has been considered by many to be the favorite for the Jets’ job.
Eberflus, 50, is in his third year as the Colts’ defensive coordinator. He led the unit to 11th in defensive DVOA in 2018, 19th in 2019, and seventh in 2020.
Prior to joining the Colts, Eberflus spent seven seasons (2011-17) as the Dallas Cowboys’ linebackers coach, helping Sean Lee rise to stardom. Before that, Eberflus was the Browns’ linebackers coach for two seasons (2009-10) and the University of Missouri’s defensive coordinator for eight seasons (2001-08).
Who is Matt Eberflus? What is his coaching style, and does it fit the needs of a New York Jets franchise that sorely needs a strong leader to bring them together?
Ben Blessington and Michael Nania spoke to Colts beat reporter George Bremer of the Herald Bulletin to learn more about Eberflus and his qualifications to become a head coach. Based on what George had to say about him, it certainly seems like Eberflus might be a tremendous option for the Jets.