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Jets eyeing Fresno secondary coach for DB job

With Dennis Thurman set to be named their new defensive coordinator, the Jets are in need of a new defensive backs coach.

And it could be Fresno State's Tim McDonald.

The Jets reportedly have spoken to the Bulldogs secondary coach about joining their staff, The Fresno Bee reported Tuesday. McDonald --  a 6-time Pro Bowl safety during his 13 seasons with the Cardinals and the 49ers, and a Super Bowl winner for San Francisco -- also has talked to Jacksonville.

In his first year of college coaching, McDonald, 48, helped the Bulldogs finish 9-4, en route to the Hawaii Bowl against SMU. McDonald coached at his alma mater, Edison High in Fresno, from 2003-2009 and in 2011. He later attended USC, where he was named an All-American and a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as a senior.

McDonald also is the father of USC's All-American safety T.J. McDonald.

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