The jet is considered the top landing spot for Sean Payton of Saints
New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh will enter his second year in 2022.
Last year was an unfathomable disaster filled with injuries, a losing and disappointing season.
Woody Johnson is now back in full ownership of the team after a long absence and his patience is dwindling. That could lead to some twists if there are no clear results this season.
If that materializes, the Jets will be in a unique position to potentially be hailed as one of the best coaches in the NFL.
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Earlier, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton shocked the football world by taking an indefinite leave of absence.
He’s been open and honest during his media appearances that he’s not sure what his future holds. Well, this week we had some clarity when Payton told USA Today’s Jarrett Bell that he predicted a return eventually:
“Finally, do I think I’ll go back? Sure,” Payton said. “There is no way to predict who that club might be. Typically, there are about six openings annually. If there is a suitable fit somewhere, that will ultimately depend on a number of factors. “
That landed CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin on the list of the top and most affordable NFL destinations that would match Payton in 2023.
He listed the Jets as one of the top 3 landing spots, with only the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys being higher on his list:
“Few teams have devoted as much resources to supporting their young quarterback this season as the Jets, but if Robert Saleh does not oversee a significant improvement in offense retooled or signature protections of the him, maybe management can switch to a proven name faster than fixing. And Payton, besides providing QB tutoring that could enhance (or find a way to replace) Zach Wilson, knows the New Jersey area well, spending six years between the Eagles and Giants from 1997-2002. In the Jets, he’ll get a big market, a young roster that’s on the rise, and a division that could only pose a big threat in the Bills. “
History of flexibility
Since 2014, the Jets have had four different head coaches. Their last coach, Adam Gase, lasted only two seasons before the senior office began that trial.
There is a clear history of musical chairs at the top, and what has remained constant throughout that time is ownership.
Not only is Johnson willing to wipe the charts clean if things don’t go according to plan, but he also has a love for sensationalism.
Mr. Johnson loves the headlines and what could happen is bigger than the trade-off of ownership of one of the most talented offensive coaches in NFL history.
Payton’s interest is still owned by the Saints so if he chooses to return to football in the future, another team will have to compensate New Orleans to bring in the experienced coach.
In theory, Zach Wilson and a host of talented young attacking pieces could be a key part of the pitch to lure Payton to New York.
Of course, the only way that’s even an afterthought is if the 2022 campaign is a total disaster. There’s a lot of optimism among fans that this could be an unexpected year for the Jets, and if it is, then this Payton dream will die before it actually achieves anything.
However, if things go south this year, this may not be the worst the world can hope for in 2023.
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