If he is interested in the job, the New York Jets should consider Pep Hamilton to replace Adam Gase if they let him go at season’s end.
With a lot of love going to coordinators like Brian Daboll, Eric Bieniemy, Joe Brady, and Matt Eberflus, the New York Jets should have their eyes on Chargers quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton in their coaching search.
In another article, we talked about NFL coaches with head coaching experience. Well, albeit a small sample size, Hamilton does have that.
He’s also shown his chops working with young quarterbacks.
Both at Stanford and with the Colts, he coached Luck as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. At Stanford, Luck had his best season with Hamilton as his quarterbacks coach. The in the NFL, with Hamilton calling the plays, he then had his best season as a pro.
Despite injuries, Pennington had some of his best seasons with Hamilton as the Jets QB coach. Unfortunately, due to said injuries, Pennington didn’t get to see the field much.
In 2020, Herbert has broken out as a rookie. Despite being considered needing a lot of work coming out of Oregon, he’s shown he can handle the transition to the NFL. Herbert has shown poise, accuracy, and a calmness not many rookies have. That is in large part due to working with Hamilton.
The XFL didn’t last long, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in that short time, Hamilton showed he can be a leader. He was poised under pressure. He never lost his cool, and he made good decisions as the head coach of the DC Defenders.
Remember, too, the head coaches in the XFL were also the teams’ general managers. With the Jets, he’d have to work with Joe Douglas building this team. So, even with that limited experience, the two could work together with Hamilton having some front office experience as well.
Hamilton has shown he can coach and lead. He’s a good head coaching candidate. The Jets should absolutely give him an interview, and if they see him as a good fit, take on him on as their new head coach.
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