NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Doug Marrone, head coach of the New York Jets? It’s possible.
Marrone, who is from the Bronx and was the Jets’ offensive line coach from 2002-05, opted out of his contract as head coach of the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday and now speculation is swirling that he could become owner Woody Johnson’s top target.
Marrone went 15-17 during his two-year run in Buffalo, but guided the Bills to a surprising 9-7 record in 2014, their first winning season since posting the same record in 2004.
Prior to taking the Buffalo job, Marrone went 25-25 in four years as the head coach at Syracuse.
The Jets, who fired head coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik on Monday after a brutal 4-12 season, are scheduled to interview Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, along with offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable, for the job over the weekend.
As far as other head coach candidates go, the Jets have reportedly requested interviews with Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak and Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich, and plan to interview their own running backs coach, Anthony Lynn.
The Jets have also reached out to the agent for UCLA coach Jim Mora Jr., to learn about buyout language in his contract, the Daily News reported.
On the GM search front, the Jets found out Wednesday that Minnesota Vikings assistant GM George Paton turned down their request for an interview. A favorite of new team consultant Charley Casserly, Paton was considered one of the leading candidates to replace Idzik.
In addition to interviewing head coaching candidates in Seattle, the Jets’ brain trust of Johnson, Casserly and consultant Ron Wolf are scheduled to talk to Seahawks pro personnel director Trent Kirchner about the GM job.
The Jets have also requested interviews with Eagles director of pro personnel Rick Mueller, Texans college scouting director Mike Maccagnan, Browns executive chief of staff Bill Kuharich, and Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta. The Jets are also expected to interview current director of football operations Rod Graves, the Daily News reported.
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