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Buffalo Bills Hire Jets DC Dennis Thurman as Defensive Coordinator for Rex Ryan’s Staff

January 12th, 2015 at 11:59 PM
By Doug Rush

On Monday, the hiring of former New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan to the Buffalo Bills became official; he will be introduced to the media as the new head coach on Wednesday in a press conference.

Ryan has already started to put together his coaching staff; as he has tabbed San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman to be his offensive coordinator, and as Kimberly Jones of the NFL Network has reported on Monday night, Ryan will hire Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman to be his defensive coordinator in Buffalo.

Thurman, who has taken the defensive coordinator job in 2013, will now take over a defense that was ranked fourth in the NFL under now former coordinator Jim Schwartz, who as of now, will be looking for work elsewhere with this hiring.

Before being promoted to defensive coordinator, Thurman was the Jets defensive backs coach from 2008-2012. Before that, Thurman spent four years on the Baltimore Ravens as part of Brian Billick's coaching staff, one which Ryan was the defensive coordinator for until 2007. Thurman left to go to the Jets, while Ryan was rehired by new Ravens head coach Jim Harbaugh, but eventually worked together again in 2009.

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Former Broncos Head Coach John Fox Declines Interview for New York Jets Head Coaching Vacancy

January 12th, 2015 at 11:09 PM
By Doug Rush

On Monday, the big news came down out of the Mile High area that the Denver Broncos were parting ways with head coach John Fox after four years on the job. The split is the result after the 24-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night in the AFC Divisional Game.

With at least seven head coaching jobs currently opened, the speculation of where Fox would end up started to heat up, one with the possible idea that the New York Jets should ask to interview Fox, which apparently did happen, but Fox apparently has told the Jets no to a potential interview, as Adam Schefter of ESPN reported.

Fox hasn't coached in New York since being the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants from 1997-2001 before taking his first head coaching job with the Carolina Panthers in 2002. Fox had been the head coach for the Broncos since 2012 and last February, lead the Broncos to Super Bowl XLVIII but lost to the Seattle Seahawks in blowout fashion, 43-8.

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Cardinals DC Todd Bowles Emerges as Favorite for Atlanta Falcons Head Coaching Job

January 12th, 2015 at 4:11 PM
By Doug Rush

While the New York Jets are set to bring in Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, he appears to have emerged as the favorite to land a head coaching job; but with another team in the NFL.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has reported that Bowles has emerged as the favorite to land the Atlanta Falcons head coaching job.

"With former New York Jets coach Rex Ryan out of the picture, Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has moved to the forefront of the Atlanta Falcons’ coaching search. Bowles could be named the new coach as early as Wednesday. Bowles interviewed with the Falcons on Saturday and is now considered the leading candidate to replace head coach Mike Smith. New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is expected to stay with the Patriots. Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is not available until at least after the NFC championship game and may not be available until after the Super Bowl. He is considered the leader for the New York Jets coaching vacancy. Bowles has been on the Falcons’ radar from the outset of the coaching search, but couldn’t interview until the Cardinals were eliminated from the playoffs."

Bowles, who is bring brought back to interview for the Jets job for the second interview, is doing the same in Atlanta. The Falcons were interested in former Jets head coach Rex Ryan and was thought to be coming in for a second interview with the team, but Ryan instead decided to take the head coaching job of the Buffalo Bills, which became official on Monday.

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Former Jets Head Coach Eric Mangini to Interview with Redskins for Defensive Coordinator Vacancy

January 12th, 2015 at 3:33 PM
By Doug Rush

Last month, former New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini had tried to interview for another head coachin job in the NFL when he interviewed with the Oakland Raiders, but it doesn't appear that he will land it.

Mangini will now turn to try and go for the next step in the league, which is back to being a defensive coordinator, as Dianna Marie Russini of NBC Washington has reported that the former Jets head coach will interview for the current defensive coordinator vacancy for the Washington Redskins.

Mangini was once the New England Patriots defensive coordinator from 2005, taking the reigns from Romeo Crennel when he left to coach the Cleveland Browns before becoming the head coach for the Jets in 2006, leading them to a 10-6 season and a playoff berth, but then missing the playoffs in his next two seasons, going 4-12 and then 9-7 before he was fired after 2008.

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Jets to Bring in Cardinals DC Todd Bowles for 2nd Interview for Head Coaching Vacancy

January 12th, 2015 at 12:18 PM
By Doug Rush

While the New York Jets wait and see if Dan Quinn will become available, they continue to look at other coaching candidates around the league.

They have already lined up an interview with Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott for Wednesday and now, they're bringing back another coaching candidate for a second interview for the job.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network has reported that Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will come back for a second interview with the Jets for their head coaching job.

Bowles has been one of the more popular candidates for head coaching vacancies; as he interviewed with the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders regarding their head coaching vacancies. Aside from Quinn, Bowles might be the next most popular assistant coach on the market right now.

Bowles waited until the Cardinals season ended to start interviewing for head coaching possibilities; which happened last weekend when the Cardinals were eliminated by the Panthers in the NFC Wild Card Game, thus freeing up Bowles to interview for a possible promotion in the NFL.

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