By Jeff Moeller, The New York Extra/thenyextra.com
The Jets’ quarterback and head coach search took another turn this weekend.
Rumors about Texans’ quarterback DeShaun Watson heated up.
Current Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson soon could be added to the corral of candidates.
They both are possible agonizing choices for GM Joe Douglas. Get one of the best quarterbacks in the game and hire a friend as your new head coach.
Or should he take a more conservative approach. Choose a tackle with the No. 2 overall pick and keep Sam Darnold.
Both choices will shape the franchise for the next five years or longer.
Miami looms as the early frontrunner for Watson as Tua Tagovailoa hasn’t been the second coming of Dan Marino. San Francisco isn’t totally enamored with Jimmy Garopolo, and New England — you knew Bill Belichick would be involved — is ready to jettison Cam Newton.
Ironically, Miami has the third overall pick from a trade with Houston.
As my colleague Lenn Robbins mentioned in his recent piece, why not the Jets?
It’s about making the conventional No. 2 pick to help build the line instead of taking the sexy approach with the No. 2 and other for Watson.
Make the best, long-range choice for the franchise, Joe — take Oregon tackle Penei Sewell with the No. 2 pick.
Mekhi Becton and Sewell at the tackles potentially should give the Jets their best combination since Marvin Powell and Chris Ward were No. 1 picks in the 1977 and 1978 drafts respectively.
If the Jets can trade their other first-round pick — the 24th overall — and their two second rounders for Watson, do it.
However, that truly would be a pipe dream.
I would take Watson in a true New York minute, but the Jets have to fill too many holes.
Then there is the Justin Fields factor, as the Ohio State quarterback will be showcasing his stuff again in the National Championship game Monday night.
Don’t forget Darnold, who is their ace in the hole.
As for Pederson, he emerged as the most viable head coaching candidate with experience when rumors began to surface Sunday morning about his turn of fate with Eagles’ owner Jeffrey Lurie.
Once seemingly having his job secured for quite some time by bringing the fans their long-awaited Super Bowl trophy and a statue erected in his honor, Pederson’s stature drastically has dropped due to his inexplicable yanking of quarterback Jalen Hurts for longtime third-stringer Nate Sudfeld in a winnable, nationally televised Sunday night, season finale against Washington.
Pederson has been questioned by his present players and Eagles alumni by his curious move that has led to a charge to tank the game via Lurie for their current No. 6 draft pick in April.
There also has been a falling out with quarterback Carson Wentz and other players that helped to form a 4-11-1 season.
Pederson and Douglas both came to Philadelphia in 2016 and have a good relationship.
Putting his blunder and the train wreck of the season aside, Pederson has an overall 42-37-1 mark with a 4-2 postseason slate.
The Jets have spoken to veteran Marvin Lewis, but he has 131 career victories with zero in the postseason.
Iowa State’s Matt Campbell is the hottest college commodity, but he reportedly turned down the Jets’ request for an interview.
Sometime this week, Pederson should learn his fate, Watson will still be on the market, and Fields’ stock will either rise, drop, or stay. As a result, Darnold’s stance will be further debated.
The Jets’ two biggest issues may take a major step to be resolved.