The New York Jets are the worst team in the NFL, but they have a new head coach. Frank Reich is trying to turn things around, but it’s not going well. He made a mistake on his first day as head coach that has led to continued frustration for Jets fans.
The boomer esiason is a new book that tells the story of how Boomer Esiason was on a car ride with Frank Reich when he thought about his Jets.
An alternative world exists where former NFL quarterback Frank Reich took over the New York Jets in 2015 and helped them get back on track to contending. We understand that it seems to be totally insane.
However, in another world, we could have been seeing Geno Smith throw touchdowns for a club that actually managed to acquire long-term starters via the NFL draft. If that idea appeals to you, you can blame ex-Jets quarterback and CBS Sports commentator Esiason, Boomer for squandering your hopes.
Frank Reich was advised by Boomer Esiason not to take the Jets’ head coaching position in 2015.
If it weren’t for Boomer Esiason, Frank Reich (L) could be coaching the New York Jets right now. | Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images; Owen Hoffmann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images
In December 2014, the New York Jets determined that they’d had enough of the existing administration. When the season concluded, both head coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik were given their walking papers – Ryan, who guided the club to two AFC Championship Game trips in six seasons, was not even given a goodbye snack.
According to Pro Football Rumors, the Jets interviewed six candidates in all, including Reich, who had just finished his first season as the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers. Todd Bowles, the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals, was named the winner (if that’s the right word) in the franchise’s head coaching competition.
Reich was picked up by Esiason, the former NFL MVP, following Reich’s January 2015 interview, according to the New York Post. When the Chargers’ offensive coordinator stated the interview went well, a former college buddy chimed in with his thoughts.
‘You don’t want this team right now,’ I replied. I understand that this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. You’re in the process of interviewing for a head coaching job in the NFL. It’s fantastic. But I told you that you didn’t want this job. There are far too many unknowns. You have no idea who will be your quarterback. Ownership changes with the seasons. They pay attention to their audience. They went through the documents. They are sports talk radio listeners. They become Twitter-fiable. It was not, at the time, what I would consider to be a very good job.”
Reich, who stayed with the Chargers, was not given the head coaching position by the Jets. With that stated, Boomer, I’d want to express my gratitude. Really.
Under Bowles and Adam Gase, the Jets’ plight worsened.
We won’t argue with Esiason when he says the Jets weren’t exactly a flawless organization after the 2014 season. Remember when Ryan benched Smith, a second-round selection in 2013, for skipping a meeting before of a game against the Chargers due of the time zone change?
Even yet, one can only speculate what might have occurred if Reich had taken control of the Jets. Let’s pretend the club still signed veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall over the summer. Under Bowles’ first season, both excelled in Chan Gailey’s offensive system on a Jets team that finished 10-6 and missed the playoffs by a hair.
If Reich had been the head coach, would the Jets have taken another offensive talent with the sixth overall pick? Perhaps the club would have selected Stanford offensive lineman Andrus Peat instead of Southern California defensive end Leonard Williams, who went on to become a three-time Pro Bowler for the New Orleans Saints.
Instead, Jets fans were subjected to the Bowles and Adam Gase periods, neither of which was very successful. To finish the 2015 season, the team channeled their inner New York Mets and lost a critical Week 17 game against the Buffalo Bills. So much for qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in six years.
Over the next three seasons, the Jets went 14-34, and Bowles was dismissed after the 2018 season. Despite interviewing Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Baylor head football coach Matt Rhule, the Jets ultimately determined that former Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase was the strongest candidate for the job.
That’s all there is to say about the subject.
Robert Saleh has a chance to make a name for himself and bring the franchise around.
Reich’s perseverance paid off, as he was named head coach of the Indianapolis Colts after the 2017 season. Despite having a new starting quarterback each season, he went 28-20 and made the playoffs twice in his first three seasons.
Boomer, thank you once again. Truly.
Meanwhile, the Jets can only hope that in Robert Saleh, they’ve discovered a championship-caliber head coach. When the Gase experiment came to an end after a 2-14 season last year, the long-suffering club moved swiftly to recruit the defensive coordinator from the San Francisco 49ers.
Saleh injected much-needed desire and elegance into a squad that was in dire need of it. However, the position he found himself in upon accepting the job was not unlike to what Reich would have faced if he had the chance to join the Jets six years ago.
It’s comforting to know that the Jets have made no progress during that period. For their sake, let’s hope Saleh is the guy who can transform this club into a playoff contender.
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