Jets continue coaching search

Updated: January 5, 2009, 6:49 PM ET
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NEW YORK -- The New York Jets will interview Cardinals offensive line coach Russ Grimm on Thursday in Arizona about their coaching vacancy, a source told ESPN 1050 Radio's Andrew Marchand.

Grimm, 49, is in his second season with the Cardinals, who play at Carolina in the NFC divisional playoffs Saturday. Both Jets owner Woody Johnson and general manager Mike Tannenbaum will make the trip to Arizona for the interview, various media outlets are reporting.

Grimm will join Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, and Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and assistant head coach/offensive line coach Bill Callahan as candidates who have interviewed to replace the fired Eric Mangini.

Johnson was out of the country during the first three interviews, but kept in constant contact with Tannenbaum about the coaching search and was back at the Jets' facility in Florham Park, N.J., on Monday, the person told The Associated Press.

Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski is expected to interview either Monday night or Tuesday, but the Jets declined comment through a team spokesman. Sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that Jagodzinski was told by BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo that he'd be fired if he interviews with New York.

"Jeff is a very good man and an excellent football coach," DeFilippo told ESPN's Kelly Naqi. "He did a wonderful job for us while he was here at BC. I wish Jeff would not take this interview and would remain as head coach at BC."

Jagodzinski is expected to interview with the Jets either Monday night or Tuesday. The Jets are looking for a head coach to succeed Eric Mangini, who was fired last week.

The Jets have also received permission to speak with Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, but had not determined a day to meet. The Ravens play at Tennessee in the AFC divisional playoffs Saturday.

No other interviews were scheduled as of Monday night.

Grimm was a four-time Pro Bowl guard in 11 seasons with Washington, and then spent nine years as an assistant with the Redskins. He beefed up his coaching resume three seasons ago when he coached the offensive line that helped the Pittsburgh Steelers win a Super Bowl.

He was a finalist for the Pittsburgh job before last season, when Mike Tomlin got the position. After Ken Whisenhunt was hired as Arizona's coach, he brought along Grimm from Pittsburgh to serve as his assistant.

In 2007, Grimm's offensive line allowed only 24 sacks, the fewest given up by the Cardinals since 1978 with 22.

Information from ESPN 1050 Radio's Andrew Marchand, ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen, ESPN's Kelly Naqi and The Associated Press was used in this report.,

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