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BetOnline Lists Bruce Arians as Favorite to be Next Jets Head Coach

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Will Bruce Arians come out of retirement to coach the New York Jets? Photo by Gage Skidmore (Flickr) [CC License].
  • Bruce Arians is rumored to want to return to coaching after a one-year hiatus
  • BetOnline has him as the favorite to lead the Jets charge next season
  • The best bet to be the Jets head coach next season

As the great David Letterman once said, if you’re going to retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first.

Perhaps Bruce Arians is feeling the same thing as this much is clear: Arians wants back in the NFL.

BetOnline believes it’s a virtual certainty that the two-time coach of the year (2012, 2014) will be patrolling an NFL sideline next season, with the New York Jets the most likely landing spot, but should it be?

New York Jets Next Head Coach

Coach Odds at BetOnline
Bruce Arians +200
Adam Gase +300
Eric Bieniemy +400
Matt LaFleur +500
Mike McCarthy +600
Jim Caldwell +700
Pete Carmichael +900

*Odds taken 01/04

New York isn’t Arians’ preferred landing spot

Previously, Bruce Arians made waves saying he’d come out of retirement to coach only the Browns.

That possibility has been explored previously, but there appears to be many teams interested at making a run at the 66-year-old,  decreasing the Jets’ chances of landing their big fish.

The major thing against the Buccaneers in their pursuit is an unstable quarterback situation, something the Jets do not suffer from with the promising Sam Darnold under center.

Arians’ quote, however, suggests he’s going to cast a wide net knowing that he’s a hot commodity.

It sounds an awful lot like he’s trying to get teams to up the ante, and at this point it seems destined Arians will go to Cleveland or Tampa Bay.

Bruce Arians Career Head Coaching Record

Year Record
2012 9-3*
2013 10-6
2014 11-5
2015 13-3
2016 7-8-1
2017 8-8

*Interim Head Coach with Colts

Who will become the next Jets head coach?

As the old saying goes, if your previous coach was skinny then the next one ought to be fat.

The Jets previous Head Coach Todd Bowles had a defensive background, so expect the Jets to do the opposite and hire an offensive guru. Their dream scenario should be to lure Mike McCarthy to New Jersey, and Brett Favre seems to agree.

McCarthy’s interest seems lukewarm at best – so I’m looking at the Jets landing either Adam Gase or Eric Bieniemy.

Gase is still highly respected within the NFL despite his tumultuous tenure in Miami.

In Darnold he’d have a true franchise QB instead of playing patchwork offense with the likes of Ryan Tannehill, Brock Osweiler, and Jay Cutler the last couple seasons.

Plus he’d have a perfect opportunity for payback in the AFC East.

The best bet for Jets next Head Coach

Ultimately the best/most realistic option is Eric Bieniemy – the Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator.

Andy Reid’s coaching tree blossomed with former Chiefs OC Matt Nagy thriving in Chicago, making Bieniemy’s prospects skyrocket.

He might not call the plays in KC, but Bieniemy has overseen a dominant Chiefs offense and the Jets should strongly consider that he’ll follow in Nagy’s footsteps to produce great results.

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