Dan Quinn First Up For Jets Coaching Job Interview

Jan 28, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn speaks to the media during Media Day for Super Bowl XLVIII at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 28, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn speaks to the media during Media Day for Super Bowl XLVIII at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dan Quinn is now the first name being tossed around for the vacant Jets head coaching job.

Throughout the years New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has gotten so many things wrong, but today he pumped his chest with authority. His cleaning house of head coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik today sent a clear message to Jets faithful.

Many doubted he’d do it considering the common knowledge that he loves Ryan, and that Idzik is only in his second season.

Some advice Woody: It’s one thing to clean house, it’s a totally different animal to hire the right people, and that’s what the Johnson & Johnson head-man is faced with right now.

Reports have recently circulated that Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is the first name the Jets are looking at to fill the head coaching vacancy.

Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1 has reported that New York has formally requested an interview with Quinn.

Indeed it is a small world that Quinn’s agent turns out to be former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum who was fired following the 2012 season.

Quinn is a hot candidate right now, and has already received attention from San Francisco as well.

From Quinn’s point of view the job has some appeal. As a defensive mind he’s already equipped with one of the better 3-4 defensive lines in the game with Mohammed Wilkerson, Shledon Richardson and Damon Harrison. The team is hovering around the $16 million mark in cap space, and possesses the #6 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Would Quinn take on the painstaking task of transitioning the defense to a 4-3 scheme, as he religiously plays in Seattle?

For Johnson and the Jets it raises a few questions. Why has a coaching candidate already been announced before general manager job is dissected? This is what got Woody into this mess in the first place. Firing Tannenbaum and hiring Idzik while keeping Ryan employed as coach disrupted Florham Park beyond repair.

Hiring a general manager with mandatory conditions presents many problems, and most Jets fans feel Idzik was forced trade Darrelle Revis upon arrival as this was one of the conditions of the position.

If Johnson learns anything from past history, and from the helpful ear of newly-minted consultant Charley Casserly, he’ll hire his football-mind type general manager first before anything else.

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