Williams emerges as front-runner

Jets coach Herman Edwards interviewed former Buffalo Bills coach Gregg Williams on Friday for the team's vacant defensive coordinator job. It was originally thought that Williams was going to interviewed on Monday, but that information was erroneous.

Another top candidate, Tampa Bay defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, has not yet received clearance to talk to the Jets. Since the Buccaneer's promoted him to assistant head coach two years ago, he is untouchable unless the front office gives him permission to interview with another team. Buccaneer's coach Jon Gruden is a huge fan of the fiery Marinelli and doesn't want him to leave. Former Giants defensive coordinator and former Jet defensive back Johnny Lynn was at Hofstra on Monday interviewing for the opening, but he has to be considered a long-shot at this point. But it is possible he could be a candidate for the job of defensive back's coach.

At this point, it looks like Williams is the leading candidate for the job. He would be an excellent hire. He is considered one of the top defensive minds in football, and was a big reason Tennessee went to the Super Bowl three years ago. He did a tremendous job as their defensive coordinator.


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