Jets decide to fire offensive coordinator John Morton
The New York Jets once again fell short of the playoffs, missing the NFL postseason for the seven consecutive season.
Any disappointing year brings forth an offseason filled with organizational changes. Jets offensive coordinator Jon Morton is the first pin to drop, as he was relieved of his duties on Wednesday afternoon, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
The Jets made their first seismic move in an offseason that promises to be filled with them by firing offensive coordinator John Morton.
The Daily News broke the news Wednesday that Gang Green will be looking for a new offensive play-caller after finishing in the bottom third of nearly every statistical category this season.
Morton just wrapped up his first season with the Jets. The team finished 28th in overall offense, 24th in passing, and 19th in rushing. They were also 24th with a 35.5 percent third-down conversion rate while being 29th with just 269 first downs all season.
What should be taken into consideration is that Morton stepped into a difficult situation where the expectation was that the offense would struggled. Although Josh McCown was a pleasant surprise at the age of 38, he isn’t quite the caliber of quarterback that can lead a team to consistent success. On top of that, McCown’s season come to an abrupt end in early December due to a broken left hand.
Meanwhile, running back Matt Forte has become a shadow of his Pro Bowl form at this stage of his career, as injuries heavily impacted his availability. Both wide receivers Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse emerged as reliable receiving options, but that wasn’t enough to resolve the Jets’ struggles offensively.
Morton’s job status was also likely impacted by the fact that he didn’t always rub players the right way. Rich Cimini of ESPN is reporting that he wasn’t the most beloved coach on the Jets’ staff in his only season with the team.
Morton's performance wasn't bad, but he turned off some players. He also wasn't beloved among the coaches. The Jets will have their sixth coordinator in 8 years. Talk about a lack of continuity. #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) January 17, 2018
The Jets are potentially looking for an in-house replacement with quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates receiving consideration. But, they are also reportedly interested in former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who was let go on Wednesday after six seasons with the team.
The next offensive coordinator hiring for New York will mark their sixth over the last eight seasons.