5 college coaches who could make sense for Jets Dan Leberfeld

Many Jets fans were excited to hear that Joe Douglas will spearhead the team’s search for a new coach.

So what is the Jets’ GM looking for in a head coach?

“I think we’re looking for a person with great character and integrity,” said Douglas. “I think we’re looking for a person that’s going to have outstanding vision of what they want the identity of this team to be moving forward, and then what’s the detailed plan on how they want to achieve this identity.”

And he’s going to be looking at all kinds of different coaches.

“We’re going to cast a very wide net, we’re not going to look at just offense, just defense, special teams, we’re going to look at everybody,” Douglas said.

Douglas wants a skillful communicator.

“It’s important that we find a person with high integrity, outstanding leadership skills and communication skills,” Douglas said.

He added he wants a “great communicator.”

And hiring a successful college coach isn’t off the table.

“If there’s a coach on the college level that meets that criteria of leadership, communication and collaboration, has a strong vision of what they want this team to look like and the identity of this team, I don’t think we’re going to shy away from that,” Douglas said.

Some college coaches who might be options for the Jets are Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, Florida’s Dan Mullen, Stanford’s David Shaw, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell.

But whoever gets the job, Douglas feels it’s a good landing spot for the next coach.

“I think there’s a lot of resources here to help a coach succeed,” Douglas said. “I think we’re in a good position in terms of draft capital. I think we’re in a good position in terms of cap space. So, I think there’s a lot of positive things for us moving forward.”


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