Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan may be the frontrunner to become the Jets’ next head coach, but Steve Spagnuolo remains in the picture. The Giants defensive coordinator reportedly met with Jets owner Woody Johnson and general manager Mike Tannenbaum Tuesday at Johnson’s office in Manhattan.
Spagnuolo previously interviewed with the Jets on Jan. 3, but Johnson was out of the country on vacation.
With the Giants now eliminated from the playoffs, Spagnuolo is free to sign any head coaching offers, but his options may be growing slim. Given that the Jets’ search is still ongoing, they could be waiting to hire Ryan once the Ravens are either defeated in Sunday’s AFC Championship or after they play in Super Bowl XLIII. Spagnuolo interviewed for a second time with the Rams today, but NFL Network is reporting that Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is considered the favorite. Spagnuolo interviewed with the Browns, Broncos and Lions earlier this month, but each team has now made a hire.
*Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is likely running third in the race for the Jets’ head coaching position, but will he be returning to run the offense next season? Schottenheimer has one year remaining on his contract and he can only leave the Jets to take another head coaching job. Otherwise, the Jets would would have to release Schottenheimer from his contract.
Schottenheimer interviewed last offseason for the Ravens’ head coaching position and he was a finalist for the Dolphins’ job two seasons ago.
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