Add John Morton to the swiftly expanding list of prospective Lions offensive coordinators. The Lions have interviewed the Raiders assistant for their OC position, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Vincent Bonsignore (on Twitter).
Morton spent the past two seasons with the Raiders, but his most notable NFL gig came with the Jets in 2017. The Jets hired Morton as their offensive coordinator that year but fired him at season’s end. Morton became a divisive figure during his Jets tenure, and Todd Bowles did not keep him around for the 2018 slate. The Jets, who used Josh McCown as their primary quarterback in 2017, ranked 28th in total offense under Morton.
Nevertheless, Morton joins several coaches in the running for the Lions’ OC post. The Lions have interviewed or plan to interview Anthony Lynn, Bills QBs coach Ken Dorsey, Steelers wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard and Ravens QBs coach James Urban. Detroit hired former Morton coworker Aaron Glenn as defensive coordinator earlier this week.
While Morton worked with Glenn in New Orleans, his Saints tenure also overlapped with Lions HC Dan Campbell. Both were on the Saints’ 2016 staff, with Morton coaching wide receivers and Campbell overseeing the team’s tight ends that year.