Former Arizona Cardinals coach Dave McGinnis, who was one of the NFL's finest defensive coordinators prior to becoming a head coach, is now in the mix. According to an NFL source, Herman Edwards and McGinnis spoke on the phone this week, and an interview could follow. McGinnis was the Cardinals defensive coordinator before being elevated to head coach.
So right now the list of candidates looks like this. Philadelphia Eagles linebacker coach Ron Rivera will have dinner with Edwards Wednesday night on Long Island, and then officially interview for the job on Thursday. Edwards flew back from the Senior Bowl early to meet with Rivera after the Chicago Bears approached him about their vacant defensive coordinator job. Rivera is a former Bears linebacker.
Edwards has a great deal of interest in talking to New England Patriots secondary coach Eric Mangini, a former Jets assistant. From what we hear, Mangini is interested in the job. However, he will have to wait until after the Super Bowl to interview with the Jets. It's possible the Patriots will give him a promotion to assistant head coach to keep him if the Jets make a run at him. It's unlikely Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick would let Mangini go without a fight, especially to an arch rival. Mangini is like "Belichick Jr." The Patriots coach has molded Mangini in his own image over the last decade. You have to wonder if Belichick would be comfortable having Mangini taking the Patriots brilliant defensive scheme to the Jets.
And rounding out the field is Baltimore Ravens secondary coach Donnie Henderson. He has already interviewed for the job.
Regardless of who gets the job, Edwards is going to take a more active role in the defense next season. He wants more of an attacking style than what was employed by Ted Cottrell.
Members of the Jets front office took offense to a story in Wednesday's Newsday saying the Jets have been "spurned" by several candidates.
"How could be be spurned if we didn't offer anyone the job yet," said a Jets front office official.
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