The New York Jets' most pressing issue is the offensive coordinator vacancy, which happens to be the subject of our question of the week:
@RichCimini: The RB coach is Eric Studesville, but he's out of the running. Late Friday night, I confirmed a KUSA TV (Denver) report that Studesville is remaining with the Broncos on Vance Joseph's staff. Studesville did, in fact, interview with Jets coach Todd Bowles. It was a good interview, I'm told, but the Jets wanted to continue their search and perhaps Studesville didn't want to risk losing the bird in the hand.
You're absolutely correct about the quarterback background. I think it's vital for Bowles to hire someone who has coached the position, can develop young talent and runs a quarterback-friendly system. This should be priority No. 1 for the Jets, considering they have two pieces of clay -- Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg -- that need to be molded. Studesville has no background with quarterbacks. While he's widely regarded as a solid coach, he wasn't right for this particular job.
From what I understand, the Jets have at least three other names on their target list. Keep an eye on Matt Nagy, the Chiefs' co-offensive coordinator. Obviously, they can't talk to Nagy because the Chiefs still are playing, but he's someone who could interest Bowles.
Nagy isn't a household name, but he's considered an up-and-comer. Before being promoted to co-coordinator this season -- he splits the job with Brad Childress -- Nagy was the Chiefs' quarterbacks coach for two years. He and Bowles crossed paths in 2012, when they were on Andy Reid's staff with the Eagles. Actually, the family connection goes back further than that. Nagy's father, Bill, was one of Bowles' high school coaches in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Nagy's background with quarterbacks (he played the position at Delaware and for several seasons in the Arena Football League) would have to be appealing to Bowles. Because of league rules, the Chiefs don't have to let Nagy out of his contract, so they could block the Jets from talking to him.
That's what happened to the Jets with Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo. He was their No. 1 target, but Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie put the kibosh on it. The Jets also showed interest in Raiders quarterbacks coach Todd Downing, prompting the Raiders to promote him to coordinator.
A lot of people are asking about Norv Turner. He's obviously qualified, but the downside is that he's 65 and could be seen as a short-term solution. Plus, let's be honest: The Jets' vacancy isn't all that attractive to a high-profile coach like Turner.
In eight days, teams will start heading to Mobile, Alabama, for the Senior Bowl. I think Bowles would like to make a hire before then, but that could depend on the outcome of this weekend's games.