Mike Maccagnan must have made a good impression on Woody Johnson. The Texans' director of college scouting will have a second interview for the Jets' vacant general manager job, a source confirmed to Newsday.
A person familiar with the Jets' situation confirmed that Maccagnan's interview is scheduled for Friday.
Maccagnan is considered a sharp personnel guy, and the Jets are desperate for that type of experience after two years of John Idzik running the show. Johnson and his consultants, Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf, viewed Maccagnan as a serious candidate from the start.
His long relationship with Casserly bolsters his case. Maccagnan scouted for the Redskins from 1994-99 while Casserly was their GM, and Casserly later hired him as a scout when he joined the Texans in 2000.
Johnson finds himself at a critical juncture after firing Idzik and Rex Ryan, his coach of six years.
Casserly said Wednesday that "in a perfect world,'' NFL teams would hire a GM before a coach.
"However, sometimes opportunities present themselves on a coach . . . and you feel you need to pull the trigger on the coach first,'' Casserly said during a radio interview on WDAE in Tampa, Florida. "And then come back and hire the general manager and work that where the head coach has input into it. But you pick the general manager and try to find the best marriage.''
Finding that perfect fit between Maccagnan and a new coach might not be difficult, because he has ties to two candidates who already have interviewed for the coaching job and another the Jets are keenly interested in meeting.
In the early 1990s, Maccagnan worked for the now-defunct World League of American Football's London Monarchs. Doug Marrone was one of his players, and they have remained close.
Todd Bowles played for the Redskins from 1986-90 and again in 1992-93, when Casserly was GM. Maccagnan was an intern in the scouting department during the Redskins' training camp in 1990 and a college scout in 1994.
Maccagnan also has a relationship with Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, whom the Jets requested permission to interview. Kubiak -- the Texans' coach from 2006-13 -- said he won't focus on prospective jobs while Baltimore is in the playoffs.
Marrone and Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn appear to be the leading candidates in the Jets' coaching search. Quinn reportedly already has selected his offensive coordinator, should he get the Jets job.
According to Bleacher Report and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, if the Jets pick Quinn, he will try to hire former Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan and the Browns parted ways yesterday. The Plain Dealer reported that Shanahan asked to leave the team after one season because of "friction between some coaches and some front-office members.''
Notes & quotes: The Jets were scheduled to interview Bucs director of player personnel Jon Robinson Thursday. He's the seventh to interview for the GM job . . . After interviewing Wednesday with CBS, Ryan interviewed with the Bills on Thursday. He already interviewed with the 49ers and Falcons.
With Bob Glauber