Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is said to be the favorite to become the new head coach of the New York Jets, according to the New York Post in a story posted late this afternoon.
Quinn interviewed with the Jets last week, among five jobs he is reported to have interviewed for.
Quinn has been Seattle’s defensive coordinator the last two years after having been defensive line coach in 2009-10.
Assistants from teams in playoffs cannot be hired until their current team has completed its season.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and offensive line coach and assistant head coach Tom Cable also had interviews. But at the moment, neither has been reported as a leader for a job (ProFootballRumors has a good breakdown of all the openings and possible candidates).
As the Post story says of Quinn:
Quinn, 44, has been the Seahawks defensive coordinator for two seasons. A Morristown, N.J. native, Quinn was the defensive coordinator at the University of Florida in 2011-12. He has experience with the Jets, having served as the team’s defensive line coach under Eric Mangini in 2007-08.
The Jets may have competition for Quinn. Besides the Jets, Quinn also has interviewed with the 49ers, Falcons, Bills and Bears. The main question with Quinn seems to be the timeline, not his credentials. Will teams be willing to wait until after the Super Bowl to hire their head coach and then assemble a coaching staff if the Seahawks make it that far?