As the Jets search for a man who’ll have to work with and possibly decide (in time) the fate of coach Rex Ryan, coach Rex Ryan has had no role in the selection process.
According to Albert Breer of NFL Network, Ryan wasn’t present for the first wave of interviews.
There’s no need to have Rex present for the first set of interviews. Once second interviews begin, it will be important at some point for the powers-that-be to observe the interaction between the candidates and Ryan — and for the candidates to spend some time with the man who is entrenched at least for 2013 as the head coach.
Breer and Adam Schefter of ESPN have reported that Seahawks exec John Idzik will interview on Wednesday or Thursday, which could be part of a second interview process, since Idzik reportedly already has been interviewed.
CBS has reported that the second interviews will commence on Tuesday.
The second interviews commence amid lingering concerns that the Jets are having trouble finding strong candidates for the job. On Sunday, Jay Glazer of FOX reported that the Jets can’t give the job away.
The potential factors are numerous — bad cap situation, bad quarterback situation, no ability to fire the coach, intense media scrutiny, the sudden retirement of an iconic unofficial mascot who wore a fireman’s hat, and the presence of a new team president who seems to have an interest in dabbling in the football operations.
It’s gotten so bad, we’re told, that headhunter Jed Hughes has been getting snippy on the phone with candidates who have expressed no interest in the job and/or who have rejected multiple overtures.
Maybe Hughes really isn’t getting paid by the hour.