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Jets plan second interview with Todd Bowles, also will talk with Sean McDermott

Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles watches his

Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles watches his players warm up before an NFL game against the St. Louis Rams in Glendale, Ariz. Credit: AP / Ross D. Franklin

While the Jets wait for Dan Quinn's schedule to free up, their head-coaching search continues.

Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott will be interviewed for the position, a source confirmed to Newsday. The meeting reportedly will take place Wednesday.

McDermott, 40, has had top-10 defenses the past three seasons in Carolina. Before that, he was with the Eagles from 1999-2010, moving his way up from an administrative role to various defensive coaching positions before his firing on Jan. 15, 2011.

The Jets also have scheduled a second interview with Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. Bowles and Quinn, the Seahawks' defensive coordinator, are the leading candidates to replace Rex Ryan as the Jets' coach, according to sources.

It's clear, however, that Jets owner Woody Johnson, who is being helped by consultants Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf, wants to interview several candidates.

Counting McDermott, the Jets have either interviewed or scheduled meetings with seven candidates, but Bowles is the only one who has been asked back for a second interview.

A source said the Jets have not contacted John Fox, who parted ways with the Broncos on Monday.

Along with their second meeting with Bowles, the Jets would like to get more face time with Quinn. The Seahawks will host the Packers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, meaning the Jets can't have a second interview with Quinn until Monday. If the Seahawks win, the Jets will be allowed to talk to him during the bye week before the Super Bowl.

The same is true for the Bills, Falcons, Bears and 49ers, who also have conducted interviews with Quinn. And now that Fox is gone, the Broncos reportedly also are interested in him.

The Jets still haven't officially announced the hiring of Texans director of college scouting Mike Maccagnan as their general manager, but he's expected to be introduced formally later in the week. According to Fox Sports 1, Maccagnan even plans to conduct a portion of McDermott's interview.

Casserly remained tight-lipped about the expected Maccagnan hire and the Jets' head-coaching search during an ESPN radio interview Monday. He did say that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston's baggage could be cause for concern.

"Potentially yes. But you've got to know more about him,'' he said of Winston, who is projected to be a top-five pick in this year's draft. "There would be an element you'd have to be concerned with. I think if you took him, everybody's got to be all in on this. This guy's talented, and there's a risk. And it could blow up in our face. And if we're willing to take that chance, we understand that.''

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