Former Jets OC John Morton is Candidate for 10th coaching Position

Submitted by Youngharbaugh4 on February 12th, 2018 at 12:53 PM
Former Jets offensive coordinator John Morton is a candidate for a position (receivers coach) on Jim Harbaugh’s staff at @UMichFootball, per @BruceFeldmanCFB. Morton worked under Harbaugh with the 49ers. #Jets
Feb 10, 2018 at 11:29 PM

If you were wondering about him and his credentials, here is the link to his Wikipedia and Pro Football Reference page:

Seems to be a perfect fit for this team as OC and WR coach. 



February 12th, 2018 at 12:56 PM ^

All Jets jokes aside, their offense was surprisingly ok last season with Josh McCown's corpse at QB. This wouldn't be bad. Hell, I'd probably prefer this over McElwain

Whole Milk

February 12th, 2018 at 1:48 PM ^

And with his expertise lying with the WR's, that's a good sign. Robby Anderson went from a complete nobody who was undrafted out of temple to catching 63 balls 7 TD's and almost a 1000 yards in his second season this year. Jermaine Kearse wasn't going to make Seattles offense and he had 65 catches and 5 touchdowns. 

If he happens to be OC too, that's fine. Seferaian-Jenkins had a resurgent year under Morton, I think he was around 50 catches himself. I would be thrilled with this hire. Anyone who has spent his coaching career learning under Pete Carrol, Jim Harbaugh, and Sean Payton is fine by me!


February 12th, 2018 at 12:58 PM ^

He also worked under Harbaugh at USD and San Francisco. So they’re familiar with each other, he’s probably stay more than a year unlike McElwain, has Cali connections for his time at USC.

Honestly I’d hire him over Mac.

Mr Miggle

February 12th, 2018 at 2:54 PM ^

about; McIlwain, Cameron, Wright, Morton and obviously, Enos, would be likely to stick around as just a WR coach. Just like Ed Warriner isn't going to be an offensive analyst for years to come.

Warriner and the 10th coach look like they are going to be in line to replace Drevno and Hamilton. The question is whether or not Hamilton and Drevno get another chance this coming season.



February 12th, 2018 at 3:30 PM ^

He was an NFL OC for one year, which was last year.  He wen't from USC OC to 49ers WR coach, then Sainsts WR coach.


Honestly wouldn't be surprised if he, or anyone being seriously considered for that job, are told he'll be the next OC when Drev/Pep move on.


February 12th, 2018 at 8:36 PM ^

I mean, it is the middle of February, so I think you have nothing but time for a while, but I am personally hoping all this is sorted out by sometime before the Spring Game. If nothing else, I think the team should know all 100 or so analysts / coordinators on offense before the start getting too far into those practices. 

NYC Fan3

February 12th, 2018 at 1:00 PM ^

I’d prefer we go the college route rather than another former NFL coach. Not sure how that would work though with Jim being an NFL guy with an NFL mindset.


February 12th, 2018 at 1:56 PM ^

Define NFL guy.  If the distinction is a college coach having NFL coaching experience (versus not having any) then he is an NFL guy.  The majority of college coaches do not. 

If the bar is higher, he probably still meets the definition:  Harbaugh's longest tenure at one spot was as HC of the 49ers (5 years). He made a Superbowl and two NFC championships.  He runs a decidedly pro scheme (in a now traditional sense) which utlizes a higher proportion of TE's, FB's, power running and QB's making multiple reads, as opposed to pure spread teams which are uniquitous in college.

He also played in the NFL at QB for a long time.  Even at Stanford he used traditional "pro" concepts on offense.  He has a large network of friends and former colleagues all over the NFL.  Also - It is reported that his practices are structured and run similar to NFL style practices.

All in all I'd say "NFL guy" is probably valid term that applies to Harbaugh, relative to most college coaches.




February 12th, 2018 at 3:43 PM ^

some of the USC voodoo with him (he can forget the Reggie Bush condo voodoo).

I doubt Pete would’ve hired a guy who couldn’t recruit. USC has easier pickings than UM, but I bet he is better than McElwain and Cam combined.

The Mad Hatter

February 12th, 2018 at 1:05 PM ^

Because the more I think about it, the more I want a shark fucker on the coaching staff.

Who would be brave enough to get in a guy's face knowing that he fucks sharks in his spare time?

Could be an exellent motivator.


February 12th, 2018 at 1:11 PM ^

By BRUCE FELDMAN February 10, 2018

"Jim McElwain has emerged as a strong candidate to join Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Michigan working with receivers, multiple sources told SI."