AFC East Rivals Already Trying to Poach Dolphins Coach

Tyler Maher
The New York Jets are looking to poach a coach from their division rival.
The New York Jets are looking to poach a coach from their division rival. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

For teams like the New York Jets that missed the playoffs, they've already turned the page and have begun preparing for next year.

One of the biggest offseason tasks for every team involves filling out the coaching staff. The Jets have a significant hole in that regard at offensive coordinator after firing Mike LaFleur, who oversaw one of the worst offenses in the NFL during his two years in that role for New York.

With the Jets looking to improve on offense, the team is reportedly considering replacing LaFleur with someone from a division rival.

Jets Offensive Coordinator

According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, New York is planning to interview Darrell Bevell for the OC opening. Bevell is currently serving as the pass-game coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Miami Dolphins, who were just bounced from the playoffs over the weekend.

Based on Miami's success in the passing game this year, Bevell could help New York improve considerably in this regard. The Dolphins ranked fourth in both passing yards and passing touchdowns this season despite starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa missing four games with injury. The Jets, meanwhile, desperately need to get better at throwing the ball after ranking 15th in passing yards and 31st in passing TDs in 2022.

Given his familiarity with the AFC East and prior experience as an offensive coordinator, Bevell appears to be a great fit. He previously served as an OC for the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars, so he's capable of adjusting to new systems and different personnel.

While hiring Bevell won't solve New York's glaring problems at quarterback, it could go a long way toward helping the offense return to respectability in 2023.

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