When this process first began Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator, Dan Quinn, was considered by many as the favorite for the head coaching job. Then Doug Marrone opted out of his contract with the Buffalo Bills and suddenly he became the favorite in the media’s eyes until he reportedly bombed his interview. Now it appears we’ve come full circle back to Quinn as the favorite and there are reports that Quinn has already reached out to one high-profile offensive coordinator candidate.
Shanahan, not happy with the situation in Cleveland, reached an agreement to part ways with the Browns. He will interview for the head coach vacancy in Buffalo and will certainly be in the running for any open offensive coordinator jobs but if the Jets could land Quinn as their head coach, and have him handle the defense, and let Shanahan handle the offense the Jets will have assembled a hell of staff to start with.
Of all of Rex Ryan’s failings, his failure to land a top offensive coordinator was the one that ultimately did him in in the end. If Ryan could/would have hired someone like Shanahan to coach and develop the offense it’s certainly possible he could still be the head coach of the Jets.
Of course the fact that Quinn reportedly reached out to Shanahan doesn’t necessarily mean that Shanahan will have any interest but it certainly seems to be a strong sign that Quinn thinks he will be hired as the head coach for someone, maybe not the Jets, as he has interviewed with other teams.
If the Jets, or any other team, wants to hire Quinn they can’t make it official until after the Seahawks season is over. But they could certainly reach an under-the-table, unofficial agreement and wait until the season is over before making it official.
As for the GM search it appears the Jets have interviewed all the potential candidates and they have moved on to round two of interviews with at least one candidate, Mike Maccagnan director of college scouting for the Houston Texans.
Maccagnan had his first interview with the Jets on Monday and it must have gone pretty well as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Jets will bring Maccagnan back for a second interview on Friday.
Maccagnan has close, direct, ties with Marrone and they were seen as a perfect match but Quinn is reportedly only interested in working with a GM whose expertise is in scouting/personnel which would seem to make Quinn and Maccagnan a good fit as well.
ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini reported that Maccagnan “impressed Jets with cerebral approach, organizational skill, scouting system and views on a running a team.”
It is still possible that more GMs could return for a second round of interviews, after all most had assumed that after Tuesday’s interview with the Miami Dolphins college scouting director, Chris Grier, that the Jets had interviewed everybody they wanted to. But yesterday the team announced that they would interview Tampa Bay Buccanners director of player personnel Jon Robinson. Robinson had also worked in the New England Patriot’s scouting department from 2002-13, first as a scout then assistant college scouting director before being promoted to college scouting director in 2009.
Who knows exactly how or when these searches end, and if the decision is to hire Quinn the announcement might have to wait until after the Super Bowl, but it certainly appears after Johnson and his consultants have taken such a measure approach they may finally be zeroing in on their targets.