Deshaun Watson reportedly knows where he’d like to be traded, and the top team on his list might surprise you.
According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Watson has told associates this week that he would like to play for the New York Jets. Watson is said to be a huge fan of new Jets coach Robert Saleh, and wanted the Houston Texans to interview him for their head coaching job.
Amid reports that Watson wants to move to the Miami Dolphins, the Houston quarterback would indeed welcome a trade there as well. However, his preference would be to move to New York.
Given the Jets’ struggles lately, it’s kind of a surprise to see Watson want to go from one dysfunctional organization to what is often perceived as another. If true, he’s clearly a huge believer in Saleh, and is also confident that the Jets will ultimately decide to move on from Sam Darnold and make good use of their salary cap space.
Maybe the simple explanation is that Watson is just inclined to take Richard Sherman’s advice.
Deshaun Watson may end up forcing his way out of Houston this offseason, and Richard Sherman thinks the star quarterback should have one particular destination in mind.
During the latest episode of “The Cris Collinsworth Podcast,” which Sherman co-hosts, Sherman said Watson would be a perfect fit for the New York Jets. The Pro Bowl cornerback believes Watson should “get out of (Houston) as quickly as possible” and try to force a trade to the Jets.
“It would be the most beautiful. Decent offensive line. They’d have to find some threats, they’d have to find some offensive weapons, but I think there would be a lot more people excited to be there,” Sherman said, via Justin Tasch of the New York Post. “I think the free-agency market this year is gonna be oversaturated because of the salary cap, but that’s what I would do. I’d be out of there on the first thing smokin’.”
One of the reasons Sherman is so high on the Jets is that they just hired Robert Saleh as head coach. Saleh, of course, was the defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers the past four seasons. Sherman has already gone on record as saying he believes Saleh will turn the culture around in New York.
As of now, it does not sound like Watson and the Texans are going to be able to smooth things over. Some within the organization even reportedly fear that Watson has played his last snap for the team.
Watson has a full no-trade clause in his contract, so he has some control over where he goes if the Texans decide to trade him. There have been rumblings that he already has one team in mind.
Yet another NFL head coach job has been filled.
The New York Jets are hiring Robert Saleh as their new head coach, the team announced on Thursday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says Saleh is getting a 5-year deal.
Saleh began to receive attention as a head coach candidate last year after coordinating the defense that got the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl. He was a finalist for the Browns job, but they chose Kevin Stefanski instead.
This year, Saleh was a candidate for numerous head coaching jobs, and he was a finalist for the Jets, which he ended up receiving.
The Jets are coming off a 2-14 season and haven’t had a winning season since 2015. Saleh will have his work cut out for him, but at least the Jets have the No. 2 pick in the upcoming draft, and it helps that the Patriots don’t have a quarterback. What hurts is that Buffalo and Miami are both teams on the rise.
Interestingly, Schefter says that Saleh will bring 49ers passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur with him as his offensive coordinator.
Robert Saleh is viewed as one of the most popular candidates on the head coaching market this offseason, and he may be the top choice of the New York Jets.
Saleh flew out for a second interview with the Jets on Tuesday. According to Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Media, Saleh is a finalist for the job.
Saleh has been the defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers since 2017. He received a great deal of credit — and deservedly so — for helping lead the team to the Super Bowl last year. The 41-year-old also had some head coaching interviews last offseason, but he seems more likely to land a job this year.
We know of at least three other teams that have expressed interest in Saleh, so the Jets could have some competition. Of course, New York might also have strong interest in another candidate that just lost his job.
It seems highly likely that Eric Bieniemy will land a head coaching job this offseason, but it’s not clear which one. WEEI’s Christian Fauria indicated that he knows the answer.
On Friday, Fauria, a former Patriots tight end, told SportsRadio 610 in Houston that the Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator wants nothing to do with the Houston Texans job, and instead wants to coach the New York Jets.
“He’s going to be the next head coach of the New York Jets,” Fauria said. “I’m hearing that Eric Bieniemy wants to be and is going to be the next head coach of the New York Jets.”
The Jets being a destination may be something of a surprise. They have not won recently, there are questions about how invested ownership is, and a pair of late wins likely denied themselves the chance to draft Trevor Lawrence. It may be that Bieniemy likes Sam Darnold, or perhaps has ideas on how to work with Justin Fields, another potentially high draft pick.
One thing is certain: Fauria seems right about the Texans being out, with the feeling possibly being mutual.
The New York Jets lost the right to draft Trevor Lawrence by winning two of their final three games of the season, and now many are wondering what they will do with the No. 2 overall pick. While some consider Justin Fields to be the obvious choice, one longtime draft analyst is convinced the Ohio State star is not going to wind up in New York.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. said on “Get Up!” Tuesday morning that he believes the Jets are sticking with Sam Darnold. He predicts they will either draft Oregon star offensive tackle Penei Sewell with the second overall pick or trade the pick to a team like the Cincinnati Bengals, who pick at No. 5 and are in desperate need of offensive line help.
“The only quarterback that would have forced Sam Darnold to be traded was Trevor Lawrence, and Trevor’s going No. 1 to Jacksonville,” Kiper said. “No. 2 is not going to be Justin Fields, in my opinion. It’s going to be Penei Sewell or a trade.”
Kiper believes Darnold has shown enough to prove he can be a capable NFL starter even as the Jets have assembled poor rosters around him.
“He has shown when he’s been out there in enough games, last year and this year, to know he’s got a chance to be a really good starting quarterback in the NFL,” Kiper added. “If I’m the Jets, Sam’s the man.”
Time will tell if the Jets agree, but it would not exactly be a shock. Darnold is still just 23, and he has never really been put in a position to win.
Fields had a legendary performance in Ohio State’s upset win over Clemson. He finished the game 22/28 for 385 yards with six touchdowns despite taking a bone-crunching hit (video here) that left him with a rib injury. He could further boost his draft stock if he duplicates that against Alabama in the national title game, so a lot could still change between now and the draft.
You can hear Kiper’s full comments below:
As expected, Eric Bieniemy is in high demand as an NFL head coach candidate.
The Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator has at least three interviews lined up for head coaching vacancies around the league. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, and New York Jets have formally requested permission to speak to Bieniemy about their coaching positions.
It’s no surprise to see Bieniemy near the top of a lot of teams’ wishlists. That was the case last offseason as well, though he didn’t land a job then. Bieniemy, who has been in charge of the Kansas City offense since 2018, has received a lot of credit for the Chiefs’ exciting and innovative offense. It seems like he has an excellent chance of getting a job this time around.
It’s worth noting the absence of one team from this list that has a quarterback that appears very interested in working with Bieniemy.
As expected, Adam Gase is already out as head coach of the New York Jets.
The organization announced in a statement that Gase has been fired after two seasons as coach of the Jets. Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson says in the statement that “it is obvious we have not been good enough” and pledges to “continue to provide the necessary resources to field a team that you can be proud of.”
Gase’s firing has been coming for a while. It probably would have happened sooner if not for a surprising two-game winning streak late in the season. He went just 9-23 in two seasons as head coach, and even the results in 2019 were a bit of a mirage as they started 1-7 before winning six of their last eight.
Gase is still regarded as a strong offensive mind among many within the game. In fact, he may have a prestigious landing spot waiting for him now that he’s leaving New York.
The New York Jets have a major decision to make at the quarterback position this offseason, and they are expected to make a significant trade no matter which path they choose.
The Jets have played their way out of the top overall pick in the draft with back-to-back wins, which means they almost certainly won’t be landing Clemson star Trevor Lawrence. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jets will now decide if they want to stick with Sam Darnold or draft a quarterback at No. 2. If they choose the former, they will likely trade the second overall pick.
Justin Fields is the obvious pick at No. 2, and he solidified his draft stock with a gutsy performance against Clemson on Friday night. The Ohio State star suffered a rib injury on this bone-crunching hit in the first half but still had a massive game. Fields completed 22-of-28 passes for 385 yards with six touchdowns and an interception in the 49-28 win. He also rushed eight times for 42 yards.
With several teams likely wanting a shot to draft Fields, it would make sense for the Jets to trade the No. 2 pick if they’re keeping Darnold. While he has not played well this season, keeping Darnold might not be the worst move. The former third overall pick is still just 23, and it sounds like New York is planning to make some major changes. Those could benefit Darnold if he sticks around.
The long-expected firing of New York Jets coach Adam Gase appears set to happen immediately after the conclusion of the team’s season.
According to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Jets are expected to fire Gase on Sunday after the team’s season finale against the New England Patriots. Such is the Jets’ eagerness to move on from Gase that they likely would have made the move last Sunday had the team not upset the Cleveland Browns for their second consecutive win.
The Jets are expected to conduct a lengthy and far-reaching search for Gase’s replacement. Names mentioned as possible targets include Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy, Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, and big-name college coaches such as Jim Harbaugh and Dan Mullen, among others.
Gase went 9-22 over two seasons, often clashing with the media and seemingly struggling to win over some of his players. His reputation as an offensive guru has significantly taken a hit, with Sam Darnold struggling to develop as hoped. Still, Gase has some believers around the NFL, and may have a soft landing ahead of him.