Edwards didn't want to lose Marcin

At first, Herman Edwards was going to wait until he hired a defensive coordinator before he filled the vacant defensive line and secondary coaching positions, but he now has changed his approach.<BR><BR>

On Thursday, he hired former Giants assistant coach Denny Marcin to be his defensive line coach. Edwards realizes that it could take several weeks to hire a defensive coordinator, and he doesn't want to lose all the prime position coaching candidates to the myriad of teams hiring new assistants now. Marcin is considered one of the NFL's better defensive line coaches, so Edwards decided not to wait.

Giants Pro Bowl end Mike Strahan is a huge fan of Marcin. Former Jets defensive line coach Rubin Carter was a good coach, but he was very low key, never raising his voice. Marcin is a lot more animated than Carter, and is the type of line coach that Edwards was looking for. Big linemen like Jason Ferguson sometimes need a kick in the butt, and that isn't Carter's style. Marcin is more apt to do this.

Edwards is also looking for a defensive coordinator who is the same way, and that is why Tampa Bay assistant Rod Marinelli is a leading candidate for the job. He really gets after players and his considered a master motivator. The Buccaneers have yet to give the Jets permission to talk to Marinelli because they wanted to name a general manager first, and let him deal with this issue. On Friday, the Buccaneer's named former Raider executive Bruce Allen as their general manager, so the Jets should be able to get an answer on Marinelli by next week. Buccaneer coach Jon Gruden doesn't want to lose Marinelli who he admires greatly, but would he prevent him from getting a promotion? At first, it looked like if Marinelli did become a defensive coordinator, it would be wherever St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Lovie Smith became a head coach. But now it looks like Smith might not get a head coaching job this year, so this could lead Marinelli to the Jets.

Another fiery coach, Baltimore Ravens secondary coach Donnie Henderson interviewed for the job yesterday, but at this point he is likely behind Marinelli and Tennessee Titan's secondary coach Gunther Cunningham in the pecking order. Another candidate for the job is Philadelphia Eagles linebacker coach Ron Rivera. Both Cunningham and Rivera have yet to interview with Edwards because their teams are still in the playoffs.

Edwards want a more a attacking style of defense, and he feels all these candidates would provide that.

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