The Jets conducted their first interview for their coaching vacancy Wednesday, meeting with Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, the team announced.
Bieniemy, who played for the Chargers, Bengals and Eagles, has worked under Andy Reid in Kansas City the past six years. He's in his first as the team's offensive coordinator. Before joining the Chiefs in 2013, he spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator at the University of Colorado.
The former NFL running back has no head coaching experience, But has been a running backs coach or an offensive coordinator in college and the NFL since 2001.
The Jets are expected to hire someone who is more offensive-minded to help in the growth and the development of quarterback Sam Darnold. Jets CEO Christopher Johnson said the organization would do a thorough search and didn't say that having past head coaching experience was necessary.
"It can't hurt," Johnson said. "But it's not the be all, end all of this search."
Johnson did say, however, that if the candidate developed a young quarterback it would be "a big plus." The Jets have made Darnold the centerpiece of the team and the coaching search.
The Jets also are expected to interview former Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who checks a lot of boxes. He worked with Brett Favre at the end of his career and Aaron Rodgers at the start of his. McCarthy helped Rodgers become one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
Former Lions and Colts coach Jim Caldwell also is expected to get an interview, as is former Texas Tech coach and current USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury. Interestingly, Jets safety Jamal Adams began following Kingsbury on Instagram Tuesday after Yahoo! reported the Jets would interview him.
SNY's Twitter account referenced Adams following Kingsbury and tweeted, "Looks like Jamal Adams might have a top choice for the next head coach of the Jets." Adams retweeted SNY and wrote, "U damn right!"
Other known candidates for the vacancy created when the Jets fired Todd Bowles on Sunday are Cowboys passing game coordinator and defensive backs coach Kris Richard and Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken. The Jets have requested permission to interview both men.
Other names who could emerge include former Dolphins coach Adam Gase, Rams quarterback coach Zac Taylor, Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, Saints offense coordinator Pete Carmichael and tight ends coach Dan Campbell, and Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski.