Looking to South for a QB coach

January, 19, 2012
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Since naming Tony Sparano as the offensive coordinator, the Jets haven't displayed a sense of urgency on the coaching front. They hired Sanjay Lal as the wide receivers coach, but they have yet to make the all-important quarterback-coach/passing-game guru addition.

There was a flirtation with former Chiefs coach Todd Haley, but that has fizzled. So now what? When there's a delay with this type of thing, it usually means the team is waiting for someone to shake free from another staff. In this case, the Jets could be waiting to see what happens with Sparano's former team, the Dolphins.

The Dolphins still are looking for a head coach, which means they have holdover assistants hanging in limbo. One of those assistants -- offensive coordinator Brian Daboll -- is on the Jets' radar. They're interested in him as a quarterbacks coach, but he's still under contract to the Dolphins. That could make it tricky, but the Dolphins released defensive coordinator Mike Nolan from his contract to take the same position with the Falcons.

Daboll's potential availability should be known in the coming days, assuming the Dolphins get around to hiring a coach. Daboll, a member of Eric Mangini's Jets staff is 2007 and 2008, is no day at the beach, but he's regarded as a good teacher. He was hired last season by Sparano and he did a nice job with Matt Moore, who replaced the injured Chad Henne. Moore went 6-6 and finished with an 87.1 passer rating.

Matt Cavanaugh still is under contract as the Jets' quarterbacks coach, but he's being evaluated. This is a critical hire for Rex Ryan because so much is hinging on the development of Mark Sanchez.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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