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Jets set to interview Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets are planning a West Coast offensive for the New Year.

Owner Woody Johnson and his newly-hired consultants, Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf, will head to Seattle Friday to interview Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn for their head-coaching vacancy, it was confirmed Monday night.

The Seahawks have a first-round bye in the playoffs, meaning Quinn is available. This doesn't mean the Jets are planning to fill the coaching job before the general manager position; they're simply taking advantage of an open weekend.

There are a couple of juicy back stories here. Quinn, a former Jets assistant (under Eric Mangini), is represented by former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum. Many insiders believe Quinn would've been the odds-on favorite for the job if they had retained GM John Idzik, a former Seahawks executive.

Quinn also happens to be from Morristown, New Jersey, only a few miles from the Jets' facility.

Right now, the Jets are trying to set up GM interviews. One potential candidate is Minnesota Vikings assistant GM George Paton, who is mulling whether to interview for the job, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.