Derek Carr, Greg Olson, NY Jets, QB, OC, Raiders
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What scheme does Greg Olson run? Is he the right offensive coordinator for the New York Jets?

One of the names most commonly mentioned as a premier offensive coordinator candidate for the New York Jets is Greg Olson.

Olson, 59, is known for his 14 seasons as an offensive coordinator in the NFL. Most recently, Olson spent four years as the Raiders’ offensive coordinator from 2018 to 2021. He served as a senior offensive assistant for the Rams in 2022. Olson would bring experience to the position that New York did not have with the young Mike LaFleur.

While Olson is yet to officially be reported as a candidate the Jets are interested in, his name has been heavily rumored due to his connection to two people: Robert Saleh and Derek Carr.

Saleh and Olson overlapped for two years in Jacksonville from 2015 to 2016, so there is a connection here for the Jets’ head coach.

Carr is emerging as a potential quarterback target for the Jets this offseason. The nine-year veteran has spent over half of his career playing under Olson: his 2014 rookie season and four more seasons from 2018 to 2021.

Olson got the best out of Carr. Each of Carr’s four best career seasons in terms of yards-per-attempt came under Olson (all from 2018 to 2021).

So… should the Jets consider hiring Olson as their offensive coordinator and pairing him with Carr?

Even if the Jets do not land Carr, is Olson still a worthy candidate for their OC role?

To find out, we brought Raiders film expert Marcus Johnson onto the Cool Your Jets Podcast to tell us everything about Olson. Marcus did a brilliant job of breaking down Olson’s scheme, play-calling tendencies, and even some of the quarterback drills he uses in practice.

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Mike Palazzo
10 months ago

Need a QB before OC.

10 months ago

I think it’s important to bring in the “right guy for the job” not the guy they think will land them…”player x.” Look no further than Denver to see how moves like that turn out. They hired Hackett hoping for Rogers, then they didn’t get him, and they had a HC who wasn’t ready for the job. Honestly, so far, I’m not excited by the “rumored” interviews. I know it’s early, hope the Dolphins get blown out today, and McDaniel is available.