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AP sources: Jets close to agreement to hire Bowles as coach

January 14, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets are close to an agreement with Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to make him their head coach, according to two people with knowledge of the negotiations.

Bowles told ESPN in a text that he was taking the job, but the people told The Associated Press that no agreement had been completed as of late Tuesday.

The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized.

“It’s heading there,” one of the people said, and it could be completed as early as Wednesday morning.

A few hours after hiring Mike Maccagnan as their general manager, the Jets were closing in on signing the 51-year-old Bowles to replace Rex Ryan, who was fired, along with GM John Idzik, on Dec. 29 after six seasons.

Bowles, a highly sought candidate after leading Arizona’s defense for the past two seasons, had a second interview Tuesday with owner Woody Johnson and consultants Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf, along with Maccagnan.

The team canceled a scheduled interview with Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott that was set for Wednesday. Bowles also called off a second meeting with the Atlanta Falcons for their head coaching vacancy that was scheduled for Wednesday.

It was believed that Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was the front-runner for the job, but teams aren’t allowed to meet with him again until the Seahawks yet as the Seahawks’ season is continuing.

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