Sherman will interview with Saints

Talk about an intriguing reunion. Mike Sherman and Mike McKenzie.

Sherman interviews for the New Orleans Saints' vacant head coaching position either Thursday or Friday, the Times-Picayune of New Orleans is reporting.

Sherman, of course, coached McKenzie in Green Bay. In 2004, McKenzie, disenchanted with his contract and Sherman's coaching, held out, returned to the team, became a huge distraction, and forced Sherman to trade him to New Orleans.

Among the other candidates in New Orleans are Maurice Carthon and Sean Payton, both of whom interviewed for the Packers' post last week, former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz, Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson and Fresno State's Pat Hill.

Sherman, meanwhile, appears to have fallen off the Jets' A-list of candidates.

"He's on the radar screen, but not initially," Jets general manager Terry Bradway said, adding "he could be a possibility."

Among the hot candidates to replace Herman Edwards with the Jets is fired Vikings coach Mike Tice.

"I thought he did a real good job. I think it was a little unfair, some of the criticism up there," Bradway said of Tice.

Meanwhile, Packers quarterbacks coach Darrell Bevell will interview with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. New coach Brad Childress is seeking an offensive coordinator, and Bevell has been the favorite since Childress' hiring.

Childress was quarterbacks coach at Northern Arizona, where Bevell spent his first two seasons. After his two-year Mormon mission, Bevell joined the University of Wisconsin, where Childress had become quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. While at Wisconsin, Bevell quarterbacked the Badgers to the Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl triumph.

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