The Jets wrapped up interviews with coaching candidates Dan Quinn and Tom Cable Friday night in Seattle.
The pair of meetings concluded a two-day West Coast trip for owner Woody Johnson and his hired consultants, Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf.
The Jets contingent interviewed Seahawks director of pro personnel Trent Kirchner for the team's general manager vacancy on Thursday night.
Quinn, the Seahawks' defensive coordinator, is an intriguing prospect, given his credentials and local ties. The native of Morristown, New Jersey, is a former Hofstra defensive assistant and was on Eric Mangini's coaching staff with the Jets from 2007-08.
Quinn, however, has plenty of suitors. He reportedly interviewed with the 49ers and also has garnered interest from the Bears, Falcons and Bills.
Quinn's busy dance card isn't surprising. NFL teams looking to hire coaches or front-office execs have only a small window to interview personnel from playoff teams with first-round byes. That means the further the Seahawks advance in the NFC playoffs, the longer it'll be before any team can conduct subsequent interviews.
In an ideal world, the Jets would hire a GM first, then a coach, Johnson said earlier this week. But he quickly added, "It just kind of depends."
The Jets have compiled a relatively small but strong list of GM candidates. They've interviewed Kirchner, Browns personnel executive Bill Kuharich and Jets senior director of football administration Rod Graves. They also will interview Eagles director of player personnel Rick Mueller on Sunday and Texans director of college scouting Mike Maccagnan on Monday, according to NFL.com.
Two more names emerged on the Jets' GM list Friday. A source confirmed that the team requested permission to interview Chiefs director of pro personnel Chris Ballard and Dolphins director of college scouting Chris Grier. Ballard also received permission to interview with the Bears, with whom he spent 12 years before coming to Kansas City.
As for the Jets' coaching search, Quinn remains high on their list, but indications are former Bills coach Doug Marrone is the front-runner. The Bronx native and former Jets offensive line coach led the Bills to a 9-7 record, their first winning season since 2004. He opted out of his contract with the Bills late Wednesday night.
The Jets, however, have competition for Marrone. According to the New York Post, he has interviews lined up with the Bears and Falcons.
The Jets also hope to interview Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich. But according to reports out of Buffalo, the Bills hope to meet with him before he makes it to New Jersey.
Rex's meeting with Falcons set. Former Jets coach Rex Ryan's interview with the Falcons is scheduled for Tuesday, according to NFL.com. Ryan reportedly has an interview scheduled with the 49ers, but indications are the Falcons are extremely interested in him. If Atlanta winds up being Ryan's destination, there's a very good chance he will try to take his former Jets assistant coaches with him.