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Jets to interview Cardinals assistant Todd Bowles

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. Photo Credit: AP / Ross D. Franklin

Todd Bowles is the next head-coaching candidate on the Jets' list. The Cardinals' defensive coordinator will interview Wednesday, according to ESPN. The Jets also plan to interview Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich in the coming days.

ESPN also reported Monday that Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn now is the favorite to land the Jets' coaching job. Former Bills coach Doug Marrone, however, still is very much in play. According to a source familiar with the Jets' situation, his interview at the team's facility Saturday "went well,'' contrary to a CBSSports.com report.

The Jets have not scheduled an interview with UCLA coach Jim Mora, another source said.

As for the Jets' general manager search, Texans director of college scouting Mike Maccagnan interviewed Monday.

A source confirmed Monday that Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard and Saints director of player personnel Ryan Pace turned down the Jets' request to be interviewed. Ravens assistant GM Eric DeCosta and Vikings assistant GM George Paton already had done that.

NFL.com reported that Ballard turned down the Jets' interview request because he wants full authority and it's unclear how the "contractual power'' between the future coach and GM will be broken down.

Ballard reportedly will meet Wednesday with the Bears, with whom he spent 12 seasons before joining the Chiefs in 2013. According to the reports out of Chicago, he's the favorite to replace former Bears GM Phil Emery.

Pace's role with the Saints is expected to grow, according to an NFL.com report.

Jets owner Woody Johnson and consultants Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf have conducted GM interviews with Jets senior director of football administration Rod Graves (who is handling the team's football operations on an interim basis), Seahawks director of pro personnel Trent Kirchner, Browns personnel executive Bill Kuharich and Eagles director of pro personnel Rick Mueller. A meeting with Dolphins director of college scouting Chris Grier also has been set up.

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