While the Jets finished in third place in terms of impact hires today, naming Saints wide receivers coach John Morton as their new OC, here’s the latest coming out of their headquarters.
- Former Texans OC George Godsey is not expected to be a candidate to fill the Jets’ quarterback coach position, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports. Godsey was on Bill O’Brien‘s Penn State staff before following the coach to Houston, initially helping recruit Christian Hackenberg to Happy Valley, Pa. But the Jets will not be following the Broncos’ lead by hiring the second-place finisher in their OC derby to instruct the QBs. The Broncos hired Bill Musgrave to coach its quarterbacks just after naming Mike McCoy OC.
- The hiring of Morton will likely be the signal the Jets’ 2017 starting quarterback isn’t on the roster yet, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv notes. The 47-year-old assistant has never called plays in his six years in the NFL, the first four coming as Jim Harbaugh‘s receivers coach in San Francisco before relocating to New Orleans. Sources told Vacchiano the Jets aren’t expected to go into the 2017 season with Bryce Petty or Hackenberg as the Week 1 starter, and the writer notes Morton having to install a new scheme while getting one of the prospects ready for immediate game action could be too much for a first-time OC.
- Gang Green hired former Browns defensive line coach Robert Nunn to work in the same capacity, Mehta reports. Nunn comprised part of since-fired DC Ray Horton‘s staff in Cleveland. He will replace Pepper Johnson with the Jets. Nunn coached the Giants’ defensive line under Perry Fewell, being in charge of the group that deployed the NASCAR package en route to the Super Bowl XLVI title.
- Quincy Enunwa missed out on a $1.2MM bonus due to a technicality, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com notes. The NFL released the Proven Performance Escalator figures last week, only the Jets’ slot target was not included even though he met the requirements on the surface. These bonuses are for players drafted in Rounds 3- 7 who played in at least 35 percent of a team’s snaps. Enunwa, a sixth-round pick in 2014, surpassed that threshold but didn’t collect his bonus due to the fact the Jets cut him in 2014 only to re-sign him at the end of that season. Enunwa being on his second contract negated this substantial bonus. Enunwa will enter a contract year in 2017.