New York Jets interview Matt Eberflus, Indianapolis Colts Defensive Coordinator
The Jets reportedly made their first formal interview request for their head coaching quest.
New York, along with the Houston Texans, reached out to interview Indianapolis Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus. via Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network. This comes less than 24 hours after Jets fired head coach Adam Gase after his second season at the helm in New York.
The 50-year-old Eberflus may not have experience as a head coach, but is considered a quality candidate for teams looking to fill vacancies this off-season.
Before joining the Colts as defensive coordinator in 2018, Eberflus was the Cowboys’ linebacker trainer for seven years. From 2001, he spent eight seasons as a defensive coordinator in Missouri before moving to the NFL.
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In the year before Eberflus began serving as Colts defensive coordinator, Indianapolis’ defense was one of the worst in the NFL. They allowed 367.1 yards per game in 2017, the third worst in the league, and had a 4-12 record.
Over the next three seasons, Eberflus has helped transform the Colts into an elite defensive team. Indianapolis only allowed 90.5 rushing yards per game this season, more than any other team in the NFL. They finished eighth in yards per game that season (332.1) and finished their best record in nearly a decade (11-5).
After New York last took an offensively minded option that hired a new head coach, a decision that obviously didn’t work out in the last two seasons, General Manager Joe Douglas and his team may choose someone to look at the other side specializes this time around the ball. In addition to Eberflus, Robert Saleh from San Francisco, Brandon Staley from Los Angeles and Don Martindale from Baltimore are other options who are currently serving as defense coordinators.
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New York’s search for Gases’s replacement will be a lengthy and thorough process, with many candidates being interviewed. Case in point, minutes after Pelissero’s account of Eberfus, Adam Schefter from ESPN announced The Jets are also expected to ask permission to chat with the Titans’ offensive coordinator Arthur Smith.
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