New York Jets: Defensive Coordinator Kacy Rodgers Could Return To Alma Mater (Report) 2
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: Defensive Coordinator Kacy Rodgers of the New York Jets stands on the sidelines against the Cleveland Browns during the game at MetLife Stadium on September 13, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

New York Jets‘ defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers could be leaving the NFL for a bigtime college football job.

No one will confuse the New York Jets for a Super Bowl team, but often, coaching staffs are picked apart by the vultures the following offseason.

In this case, the Jets defensive coordinator job may soon be vacant. But not because of being fired, but by potentially leaving for a ‘dream job’ scenario.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero is among those reporting that Kacy Rodgers is in the mix to replace Butch Jones as head coach for the University of Tennessee.


Rodgers, 48, played four years (1998-91) with the Volunteers. Aside from being honorable mention All-SEC, the linebacker/defensive end was a part of two SEC Championship-winning teams. He played in the Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Sugar Bowl.

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He’s been the Jets’ defensive coordinator since 2015, though his coaching career began back in 1994. Here are the Jets’ defensive highlights this season, via ESPN Stats and Information:

  • Jets are third in the league in tackles (651)
  • Gang Green is in the middle of the league in turnover differential (14th)
  • Jets are seventh in interceptions (10)

The Jets are now on their bye week (Week 11) before they return to action on Nov. 26 against the Carolina Panthers at home.

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