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Ranking the top New York Jets head coaching candidates (Podcast)

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Ben Blessington and Michael Nania stack up all of the head coaching options rumored to be in the mix for the New York Jets.

Back in 2019, the New York Jets reportedly agreed to hire Adam Gase as their next head coach on January 9, which came 10 days after they parted ways with Todd Bowles on December 10.

If that is any indication, we could potentially see the Jets hire their next head coach at some point this week. The Jets’ season concluded on January 3. Ten days past that mark is January 13, this Wednesday.

As of Monday morning, the Jets have interviewed six candidates for their vacant head coaching position – Eric Bieniemy, Joe Brady, Brian Daboll, Matt Eberflus, Marvin Lewis, and Robert Saleh. They are scheduled to interview Aaron Glenn, Arthur Smith, and Brandon Staley. Pat Fitzgerald and Don Martindale are names that have circled around the rumor mills but have yet to be officially reported as targets.

This is a field that is loaded with intriguing names. While the pool lacks any big names with NFL head coaching experience, it has a bevy of promising up-and-coming coordinators who have thrived in their current roles and appear ready to make the jump. There will be a degree of risk associated with these hires due to their lack of head coaching experience, but that’s nothing unusual. Of the league’s 32 head coaches to begin the 2020 season, 23 of them had never been an NFL head coach prior to their current stint. That includes 10 of the 14 playoff head coaches and six of the eight head coaches that are headed to the Divisional Round.

On the Cool Your Jets podcast, Ben Blessington and Michael Nania broke down each candidate with a guest who has covered them throughout recent years. Having completed the series, it’s time to bring all of that information and rank the candidates from worst to best. Who is the most ideal coach for the Jets? Who is the poorest fit for the team? In addition, which candidate is the most likely choice of Christopher Johnson and Joe Douglas?

It’s all broken down on the latest episode of Cool Your Jets.

***Warning: NSFW language used in limited spots. 

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