According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport & Tom Pelissero, Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus is expected to become one of the top candidates who will be considered for the New York Jets imminent head coaching opening:
The Jets are expected to part ways with coach Adam Gase after Sunday’s finale against the Patriots, per sources, kicking off a search that the entire NFL world has believed was inevitable.
Among the candidates who are slated to be considered are Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale, Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith and Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley to college coaches such as Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and Florida’s Dan Mullen to everyone in between.
At age 50, Eberflus is about to finish up his 3rd season (2018-20) as the Colts defensive coordinator, having previously served as the Dallas Cowboys linebackers coach and passing game coordinator (2011-2017).
He’s coached one of the league’s most improved defenses this season. One that features the NFL’s 2nd stingiest unit against the run—surrendering only 93.0 rushing yards per game.
It’s also a defense that has the 3rd most takeaways (24) on the season.
Eberflus’ ‘Cover 2’ derivative has taken advantage of the Colts’ best homefield advantage, the Lucas Oil turf, as he coaches a defense that is fast, athletic, flies to the football, and generates turnovers.
He’s been highly regarded as a potential head coaching candidate for a few years with the Colts now, and it’ll be interesting to see if he’ll remain in Indianapolis—for at least 2021.