Big-Name Coach Emerges as Candidate for Now-Open Jets Job

The New York Jets are reportedly interested in Duce Staley for their vacant running back coach position

Sep 18, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions assistant head coach Duce Staley talks to
Sep 18, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions assistant head coach Duce Staley talks to / Junfu Han-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Jets are in the market for a new running back coach. They relieved Taylor Embree of his duties on Jan. 23 which now leaves the position vacant.

The Jets have begun their due diligence and are interested in Duce Staley to fill the role. According to CBS Sports Josina Anderson, Staley visited the Jets facility last week and had dinner with head coach Robert Saleh.

The Cleveland Browns are also in the market for a new running back coach and have contacted Staley.

Staley would bring plenty of experience to the coaching staff. The 48-year-old played in the NFL from 1997-2006 before transitioning to the coaching ranks. The South Carolina native was the Philadelphia Eagles running back coach from 2013-2020. He then became the assistant head coach and running back coach with the Detroit Lions from 2021-2022.

This past season, Staley went to the Carolina Panthers, where he was their assistant head coach and running back coach before being let go in November.

Staley's knowledge of the game as both a player and coach allows him to connect with his players on a deeper level. The Jets would love to bring Staley along to help jump start their rushing attack. In 2023, New York averaged 96.9 rushing yards per game which was ranked 22th in the NFL.

Staley has displayed his ability to get the most out of his players. In 2022 with the Lions, Jamaal Williams supplied a career-high in rushing yards (1,066) and rushing touchdowns (17).

It'll be fascinating to see if Staley joins the Jets coaching staff and gets the opportunity to coach the emerging star in Breece Hall.

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