Search for defensive coordinator continues

Hermans Edwards search for a defensive coordinator is on hold until next week. <BR><BR>

The latest candidate to emerge is former Arizona Cardinals coach Dave McGinnis. Edwards talked on the phone with McGinnis earlier this week, but has yet to set up an interview. Why? Edwards needs a break.

"I don't want to interview anyone this weekend," said Edwards. "I'm interviewed out. I need some sanity for the next few days."

But even when he continues the process next week, he continues to stress that he is in no rush.

"I want the right fit," said Edwards. "I'm not going to be forced into doing something I don't want to do."

Edwards has interviewed five candidates for the job; Baltimore Ravens secondary coach Donnie Henderson, former Giants defensive coordinator Johnny Lynn, former Buffalo Bills head coach Gregg Williams, former Nebraska defensive coordinator Bo Pelini and Philadelphia Eagles linebacker coach Ron Rivera.

Williams and Pelini are out of the running because they took other jobs. Williams was hired as the Washington Redskins defensive coordinator and Pelini took the same position at Oklahoma. Henderson, Lynn and Rivera are still viable candidates, though Lynn is most likely going to land the job of Jets secondary coach. Rivera was the last person to interview for the job on Wednesday. He is also a finalist for the Chicago Bears defensive coordinator job. Since he used to play for the Bears, they probably have the edge over the Jets.

Another potential candidate is New England Patriots secondary coach Eric Mangini, but the Jets will have to wait until after the Super Bowl to interview him.

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