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    New York Jets interview Steve Spagnuolo a second time

    by Dave Hutchinson/The Star-Ledger
    Thursday January 15, 2009, 6:22 PM

    Giants defensive co-ordinator Steve Spagnuolo had a second interview with the Jets on Tuesday.

    The Jets held a secret second meeting with Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo on Tuesday at the Manhattan office owner Woody Johnson, according to a person with knowledge of the team's coaching search.

    That person spoke on the condition of anonymity because he's not authorized to speak for the team or Spagnuolo. The Jets didn't announce the meeting at the request of Spagnuolo's agent, Bob LaMont, the person added.

    A second interview with Spagnuolo was expected because Johnson was out of the country during his first interview on Jan. 3. As first reported in The Star Ledger, that interview was less-than spectacular.

    Despite Spagnuolo's second sit-down with the Jets, Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan appears to be the front-runner for the job, and could be introduced as coach as early as next week if the Ravens lose to the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday in Pittsburgh.

    In Monday's edition of The Star Ledger, it was reported that Ryan nudged ahead of Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer for the position during an impressive five-hour meeting with Johnson and general manager Mike Tannenbaum on Sunday in Baltimore, according to another person with knowledge of the Jets' search who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the process.

    Should the Jets hire Ryan, the club will try to retain Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator. He has a year remaining on his contract, but could try to force his way out of town if he doesn't get the head coaching job. The Jets will likely offer him an extension and a raise.

    The Jets would also like to keep offensive line coach Bill Callahan, who also interviewed for the job, and special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff.

    Cardinals assistant head coach/offensive line Russ Grimm is also among what is believed to be a list of four finalists for the head coaching job.

    Overall, the Jets have interviewed eight candidates: Ryan, Schottenheimer, Spagnuolo, Grimm, Callahan, former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski, Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh and Colts defensive coordinator Ron Meeks.

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    COMMENTS (4)Post a comment
    Posted by drainedout2 on 01/15/09 at 8:09PM

    Giants better up their offfer and give him a guarantee that he will be the next head coach after Coughlin steps down. Double his salary. He is worth more than every player on that defense.

    Posted by Jetsman80 on 01/15/09 at 9:53PM

    Bag Spags.
    Get Ryan!!

    Posted by Supert2008 on 01/16/09 at 8:26PM

    There is now a new entry in the available coaches pool and he should immediately become our new #1 choice and his name is Jon Gruden.

    This is a young coach who built the hapless Raiders into a Super Bowl contender and won a Super Bowl with the Bucs.

    He is a young *veteran* coach that should be the Jets next coach!

    Posted by jetsman80 on 01/16/09 at 9:50PM

    Forget Chucky.
    His time is passed.
    Take the chance on Ryan.
    Anybody that close to the creator of the 46 must be given a shot. His old man did the Jets right.


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