Jets fire Cottrell, and Hackett on fence

Citing a desire to play a different style of defense, Herman Edwards fired defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell. Also let go were defensive line coach Rubin Carter, secondary coach Bill Bradley and defensive assistant David Merritt.

The only defensive position coach to be retained was Bob Sutton, who oversees the linebackers. He was the one assistant that Edwards retained from Al Groh's staff.

"You look at your vision and what you got done, we need to go in a different direction" said Edwards. "Our philosophies weren't always the same. I wanted to go in a different direction."

Edwards refused to divulge the list of candidates to replace Cottrell.

"I don't want to get into that," said Edwards. "I don't want to get into the list. I don't want to say names and then one of those guys might not be interested."

A name that has been linked to the Jets over the last month has been Tampa Bay defensive line coach Rod Marinelli. It is believed he was Edwards' first choice to be the Jets defensive coordinator in 2001, but he was elevated to assistant head coach, and that made him untouchable. There is a chance now he could get out of that deal since the current Buccaneer's head coach, Jon Gruden, didn't hire him.

Another top candidate is former Arizona head coach Dave McGinnis. Before taking over as Cardinals coach three years ago, he was one of the better defensive coordinators in football, first with Chicago, and then Arizona.

. Edwards is going to take his time in finding Cottrell's replacement.

"I'm not going to rush," said Edwards.

As for offensive coordinator Paul Hackett, if he wants to return, he must agree to make some adjustments in his philosophy. The ringing endorsement Hackett received recently from the team's franchise quarterback Chad Pennington, isn't enough to secure his future.

"That is not the only thing I take stock in," said Edwards. "There are things we have to do a whole lot better. There are things we need to do differently."

Edwards wants a more explosive, less conservative attack.


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