The New York Jets' decision to hire John Morton as their offensive coordinator was endorsed by a future Hall of Fame quarterback.
Drew Brees has known Morton for a decade, including three seasons together with the New Orleans Saints -- 2006, 2015 and 2016. Morton was the Saints' receivers coach in each of those seasons and he apparently made a positive impression on Brees.
"I’m excited for him and the opportunity that he has," Brees said Thursday at Super Bowl LI in Houston, where he spoke to Ryan Hurley of ESPN New York radio. "He's been around some great play-callers throughout his career, guys like Norv Turner in Oakland, Jon Gruden of course [and] Sean Payton, just to name a few.
"My experiences with Johnny have been great, especially over the last two years when he came back to New Orleans. I thought he brought a lot of great ideas and kind of a presence with the coaching staff, and contributed a lot. I wish him well. I hope he does a great job."
The Saints produced more yards and scored more touchdowns than any team in the NFL over the last two seasons.
Morton was hired this week to replace Chan Gailey, who retired at the end of the season.