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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — This time, the New York Jets will try something different. Instead of bolstering one side of the ball, which they tried unsuccessfully two years ago with the hiring of the offensive-minded Adam Gase, CEO Christopher Johnson said Monday they will look for a head coach who can galvanize the entire team.
“I don’t much like the term ‘CEO,’ but it does describe what we’re looking for,” Johnson said. “We want a head coach that coaches the entire team and his staff. You don’t have to be offensive, you don’t have to be defensive. This is a coach for the entire team. That’s very important to us looking forward.”
The Jets have sought permission to interview at least five candidates — offensive coordinators Eric Bieniemy (Kansas City Chiefs), Brian Daboll (Buffalo Bills) and Arthur Smith (Tennessee Titans) and defensive coordinators Matt Eberflus (Indianapolis Colts) and Brandon Staley (Los Angeles Rams), sources said. There will be several more requests in the coming days.
Johnson predicted a “broad and deep” search that could take up to a few weeks. This is a departure from 2019, when they focused on offensive coaches who