The final weekend of the NFL season is only minutes away, and will mark the final game for many NFL coaches who are poised to be fired over the next few days. As for the candidates who may replace them, two NFL teams have emerged as the most popular destinations.
NFL insider Benjamin Albright revealed on Sunday that he did an “informal poll” of a dozen coaching candidates and determined which vacant jobs were most appealing.
Albright found that the Cleveland Browns (7-7-1) and the New York Jets (4-11) were the No. 1 and No. 2 most desirable jobs respectively.
The Browns job was vacated in late-October when the team fired head coach Hue Jackson. The Jets job will reportedly be vacated sometime after today’s game against the Patriots, when Todd Bowles is expected to be fired.
Young QBs with potential make open jobs more attractive.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) December 30, 2018
The appeal of the two jobs is understandable even though they have both been among the most mocked teams in the league for years.
The Browns have a solid defense and several offensive weapons they’ve acquired over the years, as well as an exciting rookie quarterback in Baker Mayfield.
The Jets, on the other hand, are projected to have over $100 million in cap space this off-season and a top-5 pick in the draft. Like the Browns, the Jets also have talented defensive players and an exciting rookie quarterback of their own in Sam Darnold.