Jets OC search commences

January, 12, 2013
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Late in the season, when it became apparent that offensive coordinator Tony Sparano would be fired, the Jets formulated a short list of possible replacements. The two names atop that list were Norv Turner and Cam Cameron.

Turner is expected to be named the Browns' offensive coordinator, but as expected, Cameron has emerged as a leading candidate in Rex Ryan's search for a new offensive boss. He's also showing interest in former Eagles coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and Bengals assistant Hue Jackson.

Ryan was on the same Ravens' staff as Jackson and Cameron in 2008, so the familiarity factor would seem to give them an edge. All three have coordinator and head-coaching experience.

In Cameron's five seasons as the Ravens' coordinator, the Ravens ranked from 13th to 22nd in total offense. He helped develop QB Joe Flacco, but the gig ended after a Week 14 loss to the Redskins. John Harbaugh fired him.

Jackson landed in Cincinnati as the assistant DB/assistant special teams coach (go figure) after a one-and-done as the Raiders' head coach. In his two seasons with the Raiders, the first as the coordinator, they finished ninth and 10th in total offense. Jackson is known for his work with quarterbacks, and that is important to Ryan.

Mornhinweg is coming off a seven-year run as Andy Reid's coordinator in Philly, where the Eagles fielded a top-10 offense in five of those seasons. But Mornhinweg played a secondary role in the offense to Reid. If the Jets hire him, it will fuel speculation about them signing Michael Vick.

The Jets probably won't hire a coordinator until a new GM is in place, but that should happen in the coming days.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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