Jets Put In Requests For Eric Bieniemy, Three Other Coordinators

The coaching search starts with a bang. Today, the Jets put in requests for Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and three other coordinators.

The two other coordinators are Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith and Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus.

The New York Jets are requested in Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. As of right now, the team didn’t request any former head coaches or college head coaches.

The Chiefs hired Eric Bieniemy in 2013 to be their running backs coach. Then, the team promoted him to offensive coordinator right after the Chicago Bears hired Matt Nagy.

Debates continue to spark about whether Eric Bieniemy or head coach Andy Reid calls plays for the Chiefs. This is the second time the Jets are thinking about Bieniemy as a head coaching candidate. Remember, they passed over Bieniemy to hire now-fired Adam Gase.

Although, some people believe that Eric Bieniemy does not interview well. Quite alarming but that alarm has not sounded around the NFL. To most teams, he is a top head-coaching candidate.

The Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons requested Bieniemy as well.

Arthur Smith

The next guy the Jets requested was Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. Now, his evaluation is much more detailed and less rumored.

Smith has been with the Titans since 2011. He was first hired as the defensive quality control coach. He’s held multiple positions with the team. After being the tight ends coach, the team promoted Smith to offensive coordinator. Because of him, Ryan Tannehill‘s career is revived.

Tannehill made his first Pro Bowl in 2019 and led the league in passer rating and yards per pass. He also threw for 2,742 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions.

In 2019, the Titans’ offense ranked 12th in total, with the passing offense ranking 21st. But that’s not what made the offense go off.

Derrick Henry developed into a superstar that season. He rushed for 1,540 yards and 16 touchdowns, leading the league in both categories. He made his first Pro Bowl as well.

This year was even better for Henry and the Titans’ offense. The rushing offense ranked second and the offense in total ranked third overall. This year, Henry rushed for a league-leading 2,027 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Ryan Tannehill progressed even further this year, throwing for 3,819 yards with a career-high 33 passing touchdowns.

It’s clear that the Titans’ offense is based around the run game but don’t count out Arthur Smith’s impact on Ryan Tannehill. That’s what makes him a great candidate for the Jets.

Matt Eberflus

Matt Eberflus was hired as the Indianapolis Colts’ offensive coordinator in 2018 under new head coach Frank Reich.  The defense under Eberflus has been consistently good, always elite in run defense.

Originally inheriting a defense that ranked and scored 30th, Eberflus came prepared.

In 2018, the Colts’ defense ranked 11th overall and 10th in scoring. That season they also ranked 16th against the pass and eighth against the run. Because of this, Eberflus was praised by the Colts organization for instilling an “ultra-demanding culture of hustle, discipline, and teamwork”. The defense led by Eberflus undoubtedly turned the Colts from a 4-12 team to a 10-6 playoff team.

His impact oversaw the developments of linebackers Anthony Walker and rising star Darius Leonard. Walker was considered a potential cut candidate but the front office resisted. He became the team’s second-leading tackler with 105 during the 2018 season.

The rookie Leonard led the NFL with 163 tackles in 2018, earning First All-Pro team honors along with making the All-Rookie Team. The Colts defense also allowed 3.6 yards per run to opponents, good for sixth in the league. The team also never allowed a 100-yard rusher that season.

This season, the Colts’ defense ranked second against the run and 20th against the pass.

Matt Eberflus just like Eric Bieniemy and Arthur Smith could be culture changers for the Jets. But they’ll have to hire very qualified staff.

Brian Daboll

Brian Daboll has been around the league and is probably the most experienced coordinator out of these four. He’s actually tenured with the entire AFC East, including the Jets.

Daboll served under Eric Mangini as the Jets quarterback coach from 2007 to 2008.

Daboll was hired by the Bills in 2018 to be their offensive coordinator. As of now, he deserves a lot of credit for turning Josh Allen into a bonafide star. Allen is arguably the best quarterback to come out of the 2018 NFL Draft which also included Jets quarterback Sam Darnold. You can also thank the Bills organization because they properly built around their quarterback and gave Allen the right head coach, unlike the Jets.

This season, Allen’s throws have looked more accurate and his passing ability is more featured. This season, Josh Allen threw for 4,544 yards with 37 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. He also made his first Pro Bowl and is an MVP candidate.

Brian Daboll is a more attractive candidate this year because of Josh Allen’s huge leap. The Bills’ offense ranked second in the NFL with the passing game ranking third.

But, there is a question. Should the team’s offensive success be credited to the surplus of offensive talent around Josh Allen?

Undoubtedly, Daboll has gotten the most out of his group of guys.

 

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