Ravens' Henderson closing in on Jets' job

OWINGS MILLS – Yet another candidate for the New York Jets' defensive coordinator position has rebuked Jets coach Herman Edwards' overtures.&nbsp;<br> <br> And former Philadelphia Eagles linebackers coach Ron Rivera's decision Friday to become the Chicago Bears' defensive boss may have cleared a path for Baltimore Ravens secondary coach Donnie Henderson to ascend to the Jets' vacancy.<br> <br>

Henderson remains a finalist in New York after interviewing at Weeb Ewbank Hall three weeks ago. However, Edwards reportedly wants to interview highly-regarded New England Patriots secondary coach Eric Mangini after the Super Bowl.

Former Arizona Cardinals coach Dave McGinnis might be in the running, too. 

Henderson had a strong interview with Edwards, though, and coached the fourth-ranked pass defense this season that featured Pro Bowl selections in safety Ed Reed and cornerback Chris McAlister.

If Henderson leaves the Ravens, assistant secondary coach Dennis Thurman is one option that Ravens coach Brian Billick could exercise. Regardless of what happens, this waiting game should be resolved shortly after Super Bowl XXXVIII.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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