Morton, who interviewed with the Jets earlier in the week, spent the past two seasons in his current position with the Saints and the wide receiver position flourished under his guidance in 2016.
The Jets reportedly have their replacement for Chan Gailey. Even so, Jets' head coach Todd Bowles knew about Gailey's decision to retire prior to the start of this past season. So it's not surprising to see us go with someone like Morton, a talented position coach who's looking to take the next step in his career.
According to multiple reports, most notably Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Jets have tabbed New Orleans Saints wide receivers coach John Morton as the next offensive coordinator. Deal expected to be finalized soon.
The Saints will have to replace yet another assistant coach this offseason.
His big break in coaching came in 2007 when USC hired him as its WR coach and then elevated him to OC in 2009. Hackenberg, a second round pick previous year, didn't throw a pass in the regular season. Former Texans offensive coordinator George Godsey was rumored to be in the mix as well, but nothing materialized there.
Morton, 47, has been bouncing around the league and the collegiate ranks since 2002, including stints with the Raiders and 49ers before landing in New Orleans in 2015. Payton still needs to find a new special teams coordinator, a defensive line coach and a linebackers coach.