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Five Potential New York Jets Coaching Candidates

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 27: Head coach Adam Gase of the New York Jets talks with quarterback Sam Darnold #14 during a timeout against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on October 27, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars defeated The Jets 29 to 15. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
New York Jets v Jacksonville Jaguars | Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

The New York Jets have not fired Adam Gase yet, but the team is currently 1-7 and on pace to finish with their worst record since Rich Kotite was coach. Neither Todd Bowles or Eric Mangini ever won fewer than four games in a season with the Jets. This season seems unsurvivable for Gase. So where will the Jetropolitans turn next? Here are five candidates.

1. Mike McCarthy

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 15:  Head coach Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field on October 15, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Mike McCarthy interviewed with the Jets before they landed on Adam Gase so he's currently doing a gap year, possibly detoxing from a decade-long cheese addiction. If the Jets want a coach who has actually won a Super Bowl, they better hurry because McCarthy could end up on a lot of GM wishlists this holiday season.

2. Eric Bieniemy

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 06: Offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy of the Kansas City Chiefs speaks to his players during pregame warm-ups prior to action against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium on October 6, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
Indianapolis Colts vs Kansas City Chiefs | David Eulitt/Getty Images

Beiniemy has never been a head coach in either college or the pros, but he was the offensive coordinator for one of the highest scoring offenses in football history. Strong showings from Matt Moore over the last couple weeks should really have teams interested in Bieniemy, but wherever he goes he won't have the Andy Reid safety net or any of the weapons he's had in Kansas City.

3. Lincolin Riley

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 28:  Head Coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Red Raiders 55-16. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
Texas Tech v Oklahoma | Brett Deering/Getty Images

Riley has a 31-5 record at Oklahoma and has led the Sooners to two straight College Football Playoff appearances. Any time any vacancy opens, a GM needs to at least shoot Riley's agent a text. The question is, what team will top Riley's current contract? That doesn't sound like the New York Jets.

4. Matt Rhule

STILLWATER, OK - OCTOBER 19:  Head coach Matt Rhule of the Baylor University Bears grins after defeating the Oklahoma State Cowboys on October 19, 2019 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  Baylor's record was 7-0 after the 45-27 road win.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Baylor v Oklahoma State | Brian Bahr/Getty Images

Rhule nearly took this job in January, but backed out because the Jets refused to let him pick his own staff. So the Jets settled for Gase and are off to a 1-7 start. Meanwhile, Rhule has Baylor undefeated at 8-0 and ranked No. 11 in the latest AP poll. If the Jets aren't ready to give Rhule control at this point, there is no hope.

5. John DeFilippo

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - AUGUST 29: Nick Foles #7 of the Jacksonville Jaguars talks with Offensive Coordinator John DeFilippo before a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons at TIAA Bank Field on August 29, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Atlanta Falcons v Jacksonville Jaguars | James Gilbert/Getty Images

DeFilippo was the quarterbacks coach on the 2009 Jets during Rex Ryan's first season in New York. With DeFillippo, Matt Sanchez quarterbacked the Jets all the way to the AFC Championship Game. He is currently the architect of Minshew Mania in Jacksonville and on his third offensive coordinator job since 2015.