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Doug Marrone has connections to Jets' GM candidates

Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone speaks during

Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone speaks during a news conference at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Credit: AP / The Buffalo News / Harry Scull Jr.

The Jets' search for a general manager seems to center around landing Doug Marrone.

Signs point to the former Bills coach replacing Rex Ryan. His history with the Jets and his resume as an offensive-minded coach -- something Ryan is not -- bolster his case. Jets owner Woody Johnson also has been eyeing several GM candidates who have worked with Marrone.

The Jets had only one GM interview scheduled for Sunday, with Eagles director of pro personnel Rick Mueller. He worked with Marrone while Marrone was the Saints' offensive coordinator (2006-08).

Texans director of college scouting Mike Maccagnan, another GM candidate who interests the Jets, has even more history with Marrone. In the early 1990s, Maccagnan worked for the now-defunct World League of American Football's London Monarchs. Marrone was one of his players, and they have remained close.

Also working in Maccagnan's favor is his relationship with Charley Casserly, who is advising the Jets in their search for a coach and general manager. Maccagnan scouted for the Redskins from 1994-99 while Casserly was their GM, and Casserly later hired Maccagnan to be a scout when he joined the Texans in 2000.

The Jets are expected to interview Maccagnan on Monday.

Browns personnel executive Bill Kuharich, the Saints' director of player personnel in 1986 when Marrone was a Saints offensive lineman, already interviewed with the Jets.

Speaking of the Saints, the Jets requested permission to interview their director of player personnel, Ryan Pace. He was with the Saints when Marrone was their offensive coordinator. The Jets will also meet with Chris Grier, the Dolphins' director of college scouting.

Marrone made the surprising call to opt out of his contract with the Bills Wednesday night. reported that new Bills owner Terry Pegula thought he had an extension in place with Marrone on Wednesday, the final day of his three-day opt-out clause window. But a few hours later, Marrone informed the owner he was leaving the team.

ESPN also reported friction between Marrone and the front office last May. According to Adam Schefter, Marrone left the Bills' draft room after the team traded 2015 first- and fourth-round picks to the Browns to move up five spots to draft receiver Sammy Watkins at No. 4.

Marrone reportedly is scheduled to meet today with the Falcons, who will interview Ryan on Tuesday. The Bears also have expressed interest in Marrone.

A source confirmed the Jets will meet with Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich on Wednesday. Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will interview either tomorrow or Wednesday.

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