Jets HC Rumors: Brian Daboll, Eric Bieniemy Among NYJ's Interview Requests

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2021

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll addresses the media at the team's headquarters on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, a day following a 37-20 win over the Miami Dolphins. Daboll turned heads by sporting a new look, in which he shaved off his beard and grew a moustache. Daboll joked the switch had nothing to do with the Bills posting season highs in points and yards offense (424). Noting his wife doesn't like the moustache, Daboll laughed when asked if he expects to keep it, by saying:
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The New York Jets reportedly have requested to interview Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll for their head-coaching vacancy. 

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported Daboll is among several coaches with whom the Jets plan to pursue interviews. ESPN's Adam Schefter previously reported the Jets are planning to discuss the opening with Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus and Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith.

Pelissero later reported the Jets also requested to meet with New York Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, while Schefter noted New York asked to interview Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley.

Bieniemy stands out given his recent success with Kansas City. The Chiefs are the defending Super Bowl champions and have the No. 1 seed in the AFC this season in large part because of their dominant offense. Bieniemy has helped scheme ways for Patrick Mahomes to consistently get the ball to a number of playmakers, including Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce.

As for Smith, the Titans have made the playoffs in each of his two years as offensive coordinator. Running back Derrick Henry never made a Pro Bowl before Smith became the OC, but he has led the league in rushing the last two seasons.

The Jets could look to the defensive side of the ball as well. Eberflus' Colts defense was 10th in the league in points allowed per game, while Graham's Giants were ninth. No defense gave up fewer than the 18.5 points per game Staley's Rams allowed this season.

As for Daboll, he has been the Bills' offensive coordinator since 2018 and has been instrumental in the development of Josh Allen from a raw, physically gifted prospect to a Pro Bowler. Few would have marked Daboll as one of the hottest assistant coaching candidates in the sport before the 2020 season, which saw Allen break into a franchise star with a wide-open offensive attack.

After scheming to avoid Allen's worst impulses through his mistake-riddled first two seasons, Daboll opened things up after the acquisition of Stefon Diggs and saw one of the biggest year-over-year improvements in recent league history. Allen threw for 4,544 yards and 37 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, adding 421 yards and eight scores on the ground in 2020. He completed 69.2 percent of his passes after connecting on just 56.3 percent his first two seasons. 

Allen is now the Bills' single-season leader in passing yards, touchdowns, completions, completion percentage and rushing yards and touchdowns by a quarterback.

It's unclear whether Daboll would be open to leaving a stable situation in Buffalo for the Jets, who went 2-14 this season and profile as one of the least talented teams in football for 2021. A late-season two-game winning streak cost the Jets the No. 1 pick and a guaranteed shot at Trevor Lawrence, though Justin Fields and Zach Wilson are considered strong prospects at the quarterback position.

It's possible, if not likely, Daboll could have a better offer as the coaching carousel heats up. The Jets rank at or near the bottom of the best coaching vacancies in the NFL, so they may have to wait until stronger rosters get their pick before landing their replacement for Adam Gase


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