The New York Jets will tap John Morton as the new offensive coordinator (OC), according to reports this weekend. Morton will be replacing Chan Gailey as OC, who retired after the 2016 NFL season.
Adam Schefter of ESPN confirmed the talks via Twitter and said that a deal between Morton and the Jets will be finalized soon. The 47-year-old Morton is a former American football player but never made it big in the NFL. He made it professionally in the Canadian Football League (CFL) but also made the practice and training camp squads of the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers in the NFL.
Morton to NY Jets, help offense
As a coach, the former wide receiver has 13 years of NFL coaching experience. Morton started as a member of the Oakland Raiders coaching staff in 2002 before having one-year stints with the San Diego Chargers (2005) and New Orleans Saints (2006) as well.
He went to college football for the USC Trojans from 2007 to 2010. He then returned to the NFL in 2011 to become the wide receivers coach for the San Francisco 49ers. Last year, he was the WR coach for the New Orleans Saints.
Morton helped the 49ers in their successful run in previous years. San Francisco has made three NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl appearance when Morton was with the team. Morton is also credited for improving the plays of wide receivers Michael Thomas, Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks while with the Saints last season.
Experienced coach Morton to help Bowles in NY
The NY Jets have not made the NFL postseason for the last six years. Their last playoff appearance was in 2010, when they lost in the conference championship to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Jets were 5-11 last year, which was the worst record in the AFC East. The record is also tied for third worst in the AFC. They were one of the worst teams in the league on offense last season ranking 30 of 32 in total team scoring average.
New York have the sixth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, so they have a chance to add a star in their line-up. The NY Jets are expected to take a look at quarterback Christian Hackenberg. But, they can also improve their defense. With Morton arriving in New York, he is expected to have some influence on head coach Todd Bowles’ decision for the draft pick.
Jets planning to hire Saints WR coach John Morton as their OC, per league sources. Deal expected to be finalized soon.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 29, 2017
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