January 04, 2009
The Jets welcomed Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo Saturday to their new facility in Florham Park, N.J., where he spent several hours interviewing for the head-coaching vacancy, according to the New York Daily News.
Spagnuolo is the presumed front-runner for the job — he impressed team officials with his interview — but the Jets could find themselves in a bidding war with the Broncos, who fired Mike Shanahan last week. A contingent of Broncos officials arrived in New York and were scheduled to have dinner last night with Spagnuolo, arguably the hottest candidate on the market.
Two new names have emerged in the search — Arizona Cardinals assistant head coach Russ Grimm and Boston College head coach Jeff Jagodzinski, according to multiple league sources. Both are likely to be interviewed in the coming days. The Cards are still alive in the playoffs, but league rules allow assistants from wild-card winners to interview for head-coaching jobs before the divisional round.
Jets owner Woody Johnson didn't participate in the Spagnuolo interview - he's vacationing out of the country until tomorrow — but he's expected to meet with Spagnuolo in a second interview. Johnson's absence apparently bothered former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, who withdrew from consideration.
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