Front-Runner To Replace Idzik Emerges, Has Relationship With Marrone, Kubiak

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It appears Mike Maccagnan made quite an impression.

The Houston Texans’ director of college scouting has been invited back for a second interview for the Jets’ vacant general manager position.

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Maccagnan met Monday with owner Woody Johnson and his consultants, longtime NFL execs Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf, and they must have liked what they heard because they invited him back on Friday.

Of the Jets’ seven GM candidates to replace the fired John Idzik, Maccagnan is the only one so far who has been granted a second interview.

Long a favorite of Casserly’s, Maccagnan worked for the Washington Redskins from 1994-99 and was hired by the Texans in 2000. He was promoted to his current position in 2011, not long after Houston drafted defensive lineman and 2014 MVP candidate J.J. Watt.

Experts have been quick to point out that the Texans haven’t done too well in the draft over the last three years, but it’s hard to know just how much say Maccagnan ultimately had in making selections.

The names of the other executives the Jets have spoken to for the GM job include Seattle Seahawks pro personnel director Trent Kirchner, Miami Dolphins director of college scouting Chris Grier, Cleveland Browns executive Bill Kuharich, Philadelphia Eagles pro personnel director Rick Mueller, and Jets interim GM Rod Graves. The Jets were expected to interview Tampa Bay Buccaneers executive Jon Robinson on Thursday.

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The Jets have also made it clear they are open to pairing a GM and head coach together, rather than going the traditional route of hiring the GM first and letting him hire the head coach. Along those lines, Maccagnan has relationships with two coaches the Jets have interest in replacing the fired Rex Ryan, former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone and Baltimore offensive coordinator, and former Houston head coach, Gary Kubiak.

Kubiak has made it clear he will not speak to teams about other jobs until after the Ravens are eliminated from the playoffs.

The Jets have interviewed Marrone, San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich, Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Seahawks assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable, and the Jets’ assistant head coach/running backs coach, Anthony Lynn.

The Jets have yet to grant a second interview with any head coaching candidates.

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