To the surprise of no one, the New York Jets have fired Adam Gase. The beleaguered head coach of the Jets finished his time with the team with a record of 9-23, including a 2-14 slate this year.
His successor will become the Jets’ fourth coach since 2014. Whoever steps into the role will have a tough decision to make with Sam Darnold presently installed as the team’s quarterback and the team owning the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Sportsbook has released New York Jets head coach odds, with Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll the +300 favorite to land the job. Following him are Dan Mullen (+500), Arthur Smith (+600), Matt Eberflus (+600) and Joe Brady (+700) to round out the top five choices on the oddsboard.
Who are Betting Favorites to Coach the New York Jets Next?
Odds as of January 6 at Sportsbook
Dan Mullen Has Best Odds to Become Jets’ Next Head Coach
Even though Brian Daboll has the best odds at +500 to replace Gase as the coach of the New York Jets, I don’t think this job is as appealing to him as perhaps the Los Angeles Chargers job. That’s why I think Dan Mullen, who has the second-lowest odds, would be a better choice.
Mullen has gone 29-9 and won two bowl games in his three years with the Florida Gators. He is a very offensive-minded coach and would bring a new culture to a young team that is rebuilding.
Whichever coach comes in will have to deal with the decision of whether the franchise intends to keep Sam Darnold or draft someone like Ohio State signal-caller Justin Fields with the No. 2 pick. In either situation, Mullen would be the ideal candidate for this job.
He currently has implied odds of 16.67 percent according to our Sports Betting Calculator.
Best Value Pick: Matt Eberflus
Matt Eberflus is currently the defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, who are getting ready to face the Buffalo Bills in the wild-card round. However, that doesn’t stop the search for a new coach as Tom Pelissero reported the Jets have already put in a request to speak to Eberflus.
Eberflus, who has +600 odds to become the next New York Jets head coach, will be interviewed by a few teams in the offseason if he decides to depart Indianapolis. If the Jets go this way, they would be reverting to a defensive-minded coach, which they tried with both Rex Ryan and Todd Bowles. Ryan was the last coach to get the Jets into the playoffs, so this might be the direction to take.
Long-Shot Pick: Lincoln Riley
Now, this is a very long-shot pick. I doubt Lincoln Riley will leave Oklahoma since he said the other day that he feels a championship run is in the offing for the Sooners in 2021. However, if he were to get a lucrative offer from New York similar to the one that former Baylor coach Matt Rhule got last year to go to Carolina, it might be an opportunity too good to pass up.
Riley would be able to build a team the way he wants and with a young quarterback in Sam Darnold or a younger phenom if they were to draft a replacement, that could also be of some interest to him. We’ve seen quarterbacks that leave Gase do really well, and if the Jets choose to stick with Darnold, then Riley is the guy to get.