The Jets completed three more head coaching interviews today. Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, and Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley all completed interviews with the team today.
Tomorrow, the Jets will interview Saints defensive backs coach Aaron Glenn.
Two of the three interviewees above are currently on teams that advanced in the playoffs.
Brian Daboll rose to the occasion as a popular head coaching candidate with the rise of Josh Allen. Allen became the best quarterback of his draft class after a breakout season this year. He threw for 4,544 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Daboll is known to be a very good offensive mind. But, how much of Allen’s rise should he be credited with?
As a matter of fact, the Buffalo Bills successfully built around their quarterback with the right weapons and offensive line. Prior to the season, the Bills traded for star wideout Stefon Diggs, making sure Josh Allen breaks out. The Bills also added a running back and two wide receivers in the draft. Put aside the weapons. Prior to this season, Daboll’s offenses ranked near the bottom of the NFL in offensive yards and scoring.
It looks as though Daboll would need elite talent on offense to properly succeed.
This is the first time Matt Eberflus has become a legitimate candidate for head coaching vacancies across the NFL.
Eberflus inherited a terrible Colts’ defense in 2018 and turned the ship around. The prior season, the Colts’ defense ranked 30th in total and scoring. In one season, Eberflus helped the Colts defense rise to 11th best in the NFL in total and 10th in scoring.
The Colts’ run defense improved from 26th in 2017 to eighth in 2018.
He’s also widely known for his player development. Darius Leonard led the NFL in tackles with 163 in 2018 and has been a star ever since. Anthony Walker was the team’s second-leading tackler with 105 tackles.
Ever since Eberflus took over, the Colts’ defense has finished at the top of the NFL in many defensive rankings. He’s also a great culture-changing guy.
Staley was hired as the Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator in January 2020, taking over for recently retired Wade Phillips.
Because of his tutelage, the team had the best defense in the NFL. There is no question the league would take notice. Staley’s defense just shut down Russell Wilson‘s Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card Game yesterday.
To dig deeper, Staley is credited with innovating one of the more unique defensive schemes in the NFL. He runs a 3-4 hybrid defense, meaning the scheme has elements of 4-3 and 3-4 defenses in it. Staley usually likes to crowd the middle of the defensive line.