Although Pep Hamilton seems to be fading from the mix, two more names have surfaced in the Jets search for an offensive coordinator: Former Browns coach Pat Shurmur and Saints QB coach Joe Lombardi.
Shurmur is interviewing with the team today, according to the Daily News. Lombardi came in on Wednesday, a person familiar with the situation confirmed. ESPN first reported the news.
We had Lombardi in the fold for our original list of possible OC candidates and it's easy to see why.
During his tenure as QB coach, Drew Brees as completed almost 70 percent of his passes while hurling 113 touchdowns. Plus, as former Jets OC Tony Sparano likes to note, the Saints do a lot of interesting things with the run game when the offense is firing on all cylinders too, so it's not like Ryan would have to abandon the ground game completely.
With Shurmur, the Jets would be looking at a candidate who has never had a top 15 offense in total points as a head coach or offensive coordinator. The 2010 Rams were closest at No. 19, but the 2009 Rams were dead last. He has not had a top-20 finish in total yards, either.
However, he does come in fresh off some head coaching experience and, by all accounts, did a serviceable job with Brandon Weeden in Cleveland (14 TDs, 17 INTs, 58 percent completion rate).