New York Jets Request Permission to Interview Five for Head Coach


New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and his consultants are wasting no time in starting the interview process. Reports have surfaced this morning of four assistants from around the NFL that the Jets have requested permission to interview. Take a look:

Jets have requested permission to interview Todd Bowles,Tom Cable, Gary Kubiak, Frank Reich, Dan Quinn. Announcement made by Adam Schefter.

— Dan Leberfeld (@jetswhispers) December 30, 2014

Here is a little bit on each candidate:

Jan 30, 2014; Jersey City, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn at a press conference at The Westin in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dan Quinn is the defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks. We all know how the Seahawks defense has performed. There is the belief that the Jets are due for an offensive minded coach, but they could do worse than Dan Quinn.

Dec 7, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles against the Kansas City Chiefs at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Chiefs 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Todd Bowles is currently the defensive coordinator with the Cardinals. The Cardinals’ resurgence in 2014 makes the coordinators become hot commodities for head coach. Bowles has a local connection, as he was here with the Jets in the year 2000 as the defensive backs coach.

Bowles was an interim coach with the Dolphins in 2011, winning two out of three games.

Dec 21, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll (right) with offensive line coach Tom Cable against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 35-6. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Cable is currently the offensive line coach in Seattle. If you have seen Marshawn Lynch run the football, you know that Seattle has a good offensive line. Again, the good teams always have their assistants looked at for head coaching positions.

Cable was the head coach in Oakland from 2008-2010. Though he finished with a 17-27 record, his teams improved in each of his three seasons, going from four wins, to five wins, to eight wins.

December 20, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi

Frank Reich is the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers. Many will remember him from his playing days with the Buffalo Bills, backing up Jim Kelly for many years. He led the Bills back from a 35-3 deficit to win a Wild Card playoff game over the Houston Oilers. He also played for the Jets in 1996.

Phillip Rivers has played will under Frank Reich, and could be the guy tapped to develop Geno Smith or whoever else the Jets quarterback might be.

Dec 7, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak (left) talks with Baltimore Ravens quarterback

Joe Flacco

(right) during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Ravens won 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Gary Kubiak rounds out the list for now. He is currently the offensive coordinator with the Ravens. Joe Flacco posted a career high touchdown mark of 27, and guided Steve Young as QB coach to one of his best seasons in 1994. Kubiak can clearly develop a QB.

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He was the second coach in Texans history, going 61-64 almost eight full seasons.

To me, the Jets need a guy with experience, so I would not be upset with Gary Kubiak. Even Tom Cable, I believe, deserves a second chance. But, any of these candidates have credentials that would make them worthy.