The preference by the Jets would be to hire a general manager first, but the organization is certainly open to making a decision on a head coach before hiring a top executive.
Last Thursday, Metro reported that owner Woody Johnson, along with consultants Charlie Casserly and Ron Wolf, are on-site and interviewing potential candidates for both the general manager and head coach positions.
The trio were interviewing Seahawks assistants Dan Quinn and Tom Cable on Friday, a source said, “because of their availability during the playoffs. They may not be available until after the Super Bowl.” That means that if the Jets don’t take advantage of this window right now, then they could potentially lose out on a head coaching candidate of their liking.
The Jets have five interviews scheduled for the position over the next seven days. They will interview the Eagles director of player personnel Rick Mueller and Texans college scouting director Mike Maccagnanon Sunday and Monday.
“He’s trying to do the GM first,” the source said. “Woody is taking the lead here. He’s asking all the candidates who they would want for a head coach, who they would want to work with. Being very thorough.”
Hiring a head coach first isn't the ideal route of course, but at the pace of the modern NFL it could be a necessity.