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JETS: Next guy won't be Shanahan

JETS: Next guy won't be Shanahan
Two long shots to fill the Jets' coaching vacancy interviewed Friday, and the process is about to get a little more interesting as one of the organization's favorites visits Florham Park.

Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, considered at the top of the team's wish list, is scheduled to interview with the Jets on Saturday.

One prominent name, Mike Shanahan, will not interview with the Jets anytime soon, however. The two-time Super Bowl winner no longer appears to be on the Jets' radar, a day after the team looked as if it would make a run at the former Broncos coach.

Shanahan, according to an e-mail release by the NFL Network promoting an interview with Adam Schefter this weekend, is going to take two weeks off before talking to any team about a job. That stance, a league source said, played a role in the Jets' decision to move on.

Jets offensive line/assistant head coach Bill Callahan and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer went through their interviews Friday as scheduled. Schottenheimer's father, Marty, is not under consideration at the moment.

But clearly the name dominating Saturday's news will be Spagnuolo. He would be a popular pick among those on the defense, a source familiar with some of the players' thinking said.

The source said the prospect of Spagnuolo is "exciting" and that the defensive coordinator comes off as someone who could inspire them.

"They figure they'd be attacking a lot more," the source said of the defensive players.

Giants players backed that up.

"I'll say this: The first couple of years here, we weren't as aggressive [under former defensive coordinator Tim Lewis]," Giants cornerback Corey Webster said this week. "We were kind of passive and let offenses dictate what they wanted to do. I think now we go out there and try to force the issue, be aggressive, take a few more shots at them. And as I say, the defense loves that. All the guys on the field love to go out there, they love the competition and we love to make the plays."

The kind of passiveness Webster spoke of regarding Lewis could easily be applied to the Jets' defense the last couple of seasons under Bob Sutton, who is unlikely to be retained.

But the Jets aren't the only team thinking about Spagnuolo. Cleveland and Detroit are interested and Denver entered the picture Wednesday after firing Shanahan on Tuesday.

Newsday reported Thursday that the Broncos might be interested in a package deal that includes Spagnuolo and Eagles general manager Tom Heckert, whom Spagnuolo knows from his days as an Eagles assistant.

The Jets have no interviews scheduled beyond Saturday. They received permission from the Ravens to interview defensive coordinator Rex Ryan but cannot do so until the Ravens' season ends, or during the Super Bowl bye week if Baltimore gets that far.

The Ravens play the Dolphins in Miami on Sunday in an AFC wild-card game.

As required by the Rooney Rule, the Jets also will interview at least one minority candidate. Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier are strong possibilities.

Staff writer Tom Rock contributed to this story.

Author:Fox Sports
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Added: January 3, 2009

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