Should NY Jets hire one of Eagles’ 2 coveted assistants as OC?

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By: Michael Nania

Two Philadelphia Eagles assistant coaches are among the top candidates to become the next OC of the New York Jets

When the New York Jets parted ways with offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, most people assumed the Jets would set their sights on an experienced veteran play-caller to replace him. However, based on the names that have arisen as potential candidates for the job, it does not seem like the Jets are limiting their search to veterans.

Two names on the Jets’ radar are younger coaches from the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive staff who have never called plays in the NFL: Kevin Patullo and Brian Johnson.

Patullo, 41, is in his second season as the Eagles’ passing game coordinator. He has already interviewed with the Jets, per Tom Pelissero.

Johnson, 35, is the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach. While Johnson has yet to interview with the Jets (as far as the public knows), he was mentioned by Ian Rapoport as a “strong candidate” for the Jets’ offensive coordinator position.

Patullo is no stranger to Florham Park. He was the Jets’ quarterbacks coach from 2015 to 2016.

Between his tenures in New York and Philadelphia, Patullo was an assistant for Texas A&M and the Colts. Patullo was a senior offensive analyst for Texas A&M in 2017 before spending three seasons in Indianapolis working under Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni. In the first two of those seasons (2018-19), Patullo served as a wide receivers coach, and in the third (2020), he served as a pass game specialist. When Sirianni was hired as Philadelphia’s head coach, Patullo followed him over.

Johnson entered the NFL in 2021 as the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach after spending 11 seasons as a quarterbacks coach in college, working at four different schools (Utah, Mississippi State, Houston, Florida). Johnson doubled as an offensive coordinator at Utah (2012-13), Houston (2017), and Florida (2020).

Should the Jets bypass experience at the OC position and instead shoot for the moon with one of these younger, higher-upside candidates?

To find out, we brought Eagles film analyst Shane Haff onto the Cool Your Jets Podcast to tell us everything about Philadelphia’s offensive scheme, giving us an idea of the philosophies Patullo or Johnson might carry over to the Jets if they were hired.

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