Originally created 01/23/04

Edwards interviews Eagles' Rivera for defensive coordinator job



NEW YORK -- New York Jets coach Herman Edwards interviewed Eagles assistant Ron Rivera on Thursday for the team's vacant defensive coordinator position.

Rivera, Philadelphia's linebackers coach since 1999, is from Fort Ord, Calif., where Edwards grew up. The Jets had to wait until the Eagles' season ended before asking permission to interview Rivera.

Edwards has no timetable to hire a replacement for coordinator Ted Cottrell, who was fired after the regular season ended.

Rivera now emerges as a front-runner for the job. Edwards has lost several potential candidates since firing Cottrell. Of those interviewed, Gregg Williams took the defensive coordinator job with the Washington Redskins, Gunther Cunningham went to the Chiefs, and college assistant Bo Pelini went to Oklahoma.

The Jets also were denied permission to speak to Bucs defensive line and assistant head coach Rod Marinelli, with whom Edwards has a good relationship. And Edwards wanted to interview former Bears coach Dick Jauron, but he went to Detroit.

Two other assistants also are in the running for the job: Baltimore secondary coach Donnie Henderson and former Giants defensive coordinator Johnnie Lynn. Both already have interviewed.

Edwards also has made phone contact with former Arizona Cardinals coach Dave McInnis but no formal interview has been set up.