NFL Insider Expects Organization To Hire Mike Maccagnan As GM This Weekend

NEW YORK (WFAN) — There are several candidates, but Dan Quinn appears to be the front-runner to replace Rex Ryan as head coach of the Jets.

The Seahawks’ defensive coordinator has interviewed with the organization, though he’s a tad busy at the moment. Seattle is preparing to take on the Panthers in the NFL divisional playoffs on Saturday, and it would surprise no one if the team returns to the Super Bowl.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora was a guest with WFAN co-hosts Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Friday afternoon, and the NFL insider sounded confident that Quinn will get the head coaching job in New Jersey.

“If you made me go to Vegas right now, I would try to get the Dan Quinn action,” La Canfora told Joe & Evan. “Now the caveat being, if he keeps winning, do they wait until Feb. 2 to sit this thing out and then do it then? I’d say he’s the clubhouse leader now but it’s also an ongoing process.

“(Cardinals defensive coordinator) Todd Bowles is a factor in this as well. I would expect they hire (Texans director of college scouting Mike) Maccagnan by the weekend as their GM. And then the coach thing could play out, again, based on some results this weekend … All things being equal, I think Dan Quinn would get it, but they may not be equal.”

In addition to Quinn, the Jets have interviewed Bowles, Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich, Seahawks assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable, former Bills head coach Doug Marrone and Jets running backs coach/assistant head coach Anthony Lynn.

On Thursday it was reported that if Quinn is hired by the Jets, he’ll bring in Kyle Shanahan to replace Marty Mornhinweg as offensive coordinator.

Ryan and general manager John Idzik were fired on Dec. 29 following a 4-12 season and four straight years out of the playoffs.

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