This, of course, comes as no surprise, considering the Jets expressed interest in Marrone as soon as he decided Wednesday to exercise his opt-out from the Bills, making him a free agent. Marrone spoke Thursday by phone with Jets owner Woody Johnson, according to theMMQB.com.
Truth be told, the Jets had been monitoring Marrone's situation with the Bills for days. New consultant Charley Casserly is known to be enamored with Marrone and is pushing his candidacy, according to sources.
Marrone is prepared to interview with other teams, but there's a growing sense among industry insiders that he's the Jets' top candidate -- and that he has mutual interest in the Jets. The Bronx native was the Jets' offensive line coach from 2002 to 2005.
Meanwhile, the Jets are continuing their search for Rex Ryan's replacement, as they should.
On Friday, the Jets delegation -- which includes Johnson, Casserly and consultant Ron Wolf -- will be in Seattle to interview Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Like Marrone, he's a former Jets assistant with ties to the New York/New Jersey area. He grew up in Morristown, New Jersey, a few miles from the Jets' facility. Quinn is a hot candidate, drawing interest from the Falcons and San Francisco 49ers.
While in Seattle, the Jets will also meet with Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable, a former Oakland Raiders head coach.
San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich also has agreed to interview with the Jets. That meeting likely will occur next week, but the Bills have emerged as a strong possibility for Reich, a former Buffalo quarterback.
Two other confirmed candidates for the Jets' job are involved in playoff games this weekend -- Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. They already have interviewed an in-house candidate, running backs coach Anthony Lynn.
As for the Jets' general manager search, the candidate gaining traction is Mike Maccagnan, the Houston Texans' director of college scouting. He has ties to Casserly and Marrone. There is mutual interest, and an interview will happen in the coming days.