Firing Todd Bowles is inevitable after six straight losses and Sunday's debacle in Nashville.
It's too early to label Sam Darnold a bust, but he must be weened of his turnover issues to have any chance of being a successful pro quarterback.
Therein lies the problem -- the Jets need to bring in a Sean McVay-type that can transform Darnold the way the Rams coach made Jared Goff a Pro Bowler. But why would any coach capable of that choose the Jets?
The Packers fired Mike McCarthy after Sunday's shocking loss to the Cardinals, so they'll be in the market for a new coach. Anyone who's not clinically insane would rather take the Green Bay job, working with a future Hall of Famer in Aaron Rodgers, than come to the Jets.
Even Cleveland might be a more attractive opening -- with Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Myles Garrett and Denzel Ward, the Browns have more blue-chippers in place than the Jets right now. (And we all know Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley's relationship with Mayfield, a former Sooner.)
And there are other jobs not even open yet that would be more appealing than the Jets. The Falcons are 4-8 and could let Dan Quinn go. Would you rather have Matt Ryan and Julio Jones or Darnold and Quincy Enunwa?
The Bengals could part ways with Marvin Lewis, and Ron Rivera could be out in Carolina if the Panthers keep free-falling. Both places have relatively young, established quarterbacks. Despite Cam Newton's struggles the last few weeks, he's still a former MVP who's been to a Super Bowl.
Bottom line, even if the Jets let Bowles go (as expected), they might not get the candidate they want.