Jets must nail next offensive line coach hire



The focus in a few weeks will be on who the Jets’ new coach will be. Then, it will move to who that coach is hiring as his coordinators. There is, however, a key hire that will come after that — and it is one the Jets desperately need to get right. 

The Jets need a great offensive line coach. Just look at this week’s opponent and what Bill Callahan has done for the Browns. Callahan has the Cleveland line rolling, which is a huge part of their 10-4 season. 

The Jets had Callahan once. He was their offensive line coach from 2006-11 under Eric Mangini and Rex Ryan. That line flourished under Callhan’s tutelage, with Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson becoming Pro Bowl players and the line leading the way to the No. 1 rushing offense in 2009. 

Since Callahan left the Jets, they have been through five different offensive line coaches. None of them has distinguished himself, and the Jets’ offensive line has been a weakness for years. It is not all on coaching. The front office ignored the offensive line in the draft for much of the decade, but coaching helps. 

The Jets have a great building block on the line with left tackle Mekhi Becton. General manager Joe Douglas will add more pieces this offseason. But the linemen need a great coach to help them truly develop. It is a hire that won’t get much attention, but it should.


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