The Jets are giving Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles a second interview for their open head coaching job.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that both the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons are bringing in Bowles for a second interview, according to sources informed of the plans.
There was a lot of buzz about Dan Quinn over the weekend, but today brought news about Bowles and about a new candidate emerging, Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.
Early in the search, it sounded like there was buzz around Doug Marrone. Some reporters gave the impression the job was Marrone's to lose. That has proven to not be the case. It's possible the same is true about Quinn right now.
At the very least, Seattle's advancing deep into the Playoffs complicates matters around Quinn. The deeper Seattle goes, the more difficult hiring Quinn becomes. If the Jets wait until after the Super Bowl, Quinn might struggle to find quality assistants available to fill out a staff. This is no small matter. Many coaches have commented through the years on the disconnect that the deeper their teams go, the less chance they have of getting a head coaching job. Andy Reid has stated that he probably would not have been hired as Eagles head coach in 1999 had the Packers team for whom he was an assistant gone on a deep run. There are instances where a Super Bowl assistant gets a head job like Romeo Crennel ten years ago, but those tend to be the exception.