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News » New York Jets Inside Slant 2009-01-06


New York Jets Inside Slant 2009-01-06


New York Jets Inside Slant 2009-01-06
The Jets' search for a new head coach is gaining steam.


The team interviewed Giants defensive coordinator and current assistants Brian Schottenheimer and Bill Callahan, and Cardinals offensive line coach Russ Grimm is scheduled to interview for the position Thursday.

General manager Mike Tannenbaum conducted the first three interviews with owner Woody Johnson out of the country.

Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinkski's name has also been floated, although an ESPN said the school has said he'll be fired should he interview for the job because he committed to be with the university longer than two years.

The Jets have also received permission to talk to Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan. But that will have to wait until after Baltimore's playoff game Saturday.

--After Eric Mangini was given his walking papers, the two men who made that decision stated emphatically that they wanted 39-year-old quarterback Brett Favre to return to the Jets.

Interesting, considering Favre, like Mangini, certainly was culpable in the Jets' 1-4 finish that cost them what seemed to be a sure playoff berth.

"I hope so," team owner Woody Johnson said when asked if he expected Favre to be back in 2009, adding that he hadn't spoken with the quarterback about his future plans. "I just think he adds a lot to the team that's positive."

"We as an organization want Brett back," general manager Mike Tannenbaum said. "I think that will unfold over the days and weeks from now."

It's possible the Jets are merely keeping the door open while suspecting that an ailing Favre might want to close it himself anyway.

Favre's physical condition appears to be an extra wild card that will muddy the situation this year. In recent weeks, he has complained of pain in his right (throwing) shoulder. ESPN reported last week that Favre has been told he has a torn biceps tendon and calcification in the area, and that the problem can be fixed with arthroscopic surgery.

Still, he will turn 40 before the midpoint of the 2009 season, and he is coming off an inconsistent year, to say the least.

Favre had 20 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions as the Jets got off to an 8-3 start, but his slump mirrored the team's collapse down the stretch. Favre had only two touchdown passes and nine interceptions in the last five games as the Jets went 1-4 and missed the playoffs. He finished with an NFL-high 22 interceptions.

After the loss to Miami on Sunday, Favre said he would "get away for a week or so" and then "make the right decision."

As for the pain, he said, "It hurts in the back (of the shoulder). It hurts down the biceps. Occasionally, my neck. Other than that, it's fine."

In his last few seasons in Green Bay, Favre usually skipped voluntary practices during the spring, showing up only for mandatory minicamp. If Favre, whose 2009 contract is worth $13 million, does indeed return to the Jets, his teammates would like to see him participate in the entire offseason program.

"If he's dedicated and he wants to come back and do this and do it the right way," safety Kerry Rhodes said, "and come here and be here when we're here in training camp and the minicamps and working out with us and doing all those things, then I'm fine with it. But don't come back if it's going to be half-hearted or he doesn't want to put the time in with us."

Rhodes has a legitimate point. Favre's arm certainly seemed fatigued in the last month or so of the season, and a player in the twilight of his career needs to pay even more attention to his body during the offseason.

"He wasn't able to spend the offseason program with the team, so I definitely think that plays a role," wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery said. "For him to be able to spend the offseason with a lot of the guys, I think that will help out a lot. You just don't learn everything about an offense or about a team in a couple of months, so I think that will definitely help."



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: January 6, 2009

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