"At this time last year, the Jets still felt confident in Zach Wilson’s future as their quarterback, and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur was viewed as a coach on the rise. Now LaFleur is gone and the Jets are preparing for life at starting quarterback with someone other than Wilson, the No. 2 pick in 2021. For a team with legitimate playoff aspirations — especially with a top-level defense and offense full of intriguing young weapons — this will be a crucial offseason for general manager Joe Douglas and coach Robert Saleh to help the Jets break that NFL-worst 12-year playoff skid. Here’s a 10-step plan to get the Jets where they want to go. 1. Find the right offensive coordinator This is the most pressing concern. The Jets went into this offensive coordinator search well aware they’d have to overcome the obvious knocks against the job: no obvious answer at quarterback and perceived job security questions. Some candidates have expressed those concerns and others have said “no thanks” to interview requests, including Dolphins quarterbacks coach Darrell Bevell and Browns offensive line coach Bill Callahan. Some of the other reported candidates the Jets have interviewed (or requested to) thus far: • Nathaniel Hackett, fired Broncos head coach • Klint Kubiak, Broncos passing game coordinator • Chad O’Shea, Browns passing game coordinator • Nick Caley, Patriots tight ends coach • Brian Johnson, Eagles quarterbacks coach • Kevin Patullo, Eagles passing game coordinator • Marcus Brady, former Colts offensive coordinator • Joe Brady, Bills quarterbacks coach The search is far from over. As I reported a few weeks ago, the Jets are interested in Frank Reich but would likely have to wait until head coaching searches wrap up (and he’s not hired) before he’d even consider an interview. Saleh said he was open to revamping the Jets’ scheme, and based on who he’s talked to so far, that seems to be the direction in which they’re heading. I wouldn’t describe any candidate as the front-runner, though Saleh’s relationship with a couple of them — Hackett (worked together in Jacksonville) and Kubiak (close with his father) — are hard to ignore. I also know that many in the Jets building are fond of Patullo, who was the quarterbacks coach there in 2015-16. O’Shea, from the Patriots tree, is also an interesting candidate. He didn’t mesh as OC with the Dolphins under Brian Flores and was fired but was considered for the Giants’ offensive coordinator job last year and is getting interviewed by a few teams this time, too. He’s gotten a lot out of an undermanned wide receiver group in Cleveland and it’s believed he’d likely want to run a pass-happy scheme."