Jets Show No Immediate Interest In Gruden

Erik Boland of Newsday.com is reporting that the sudden firing of Bucs coach Jon Gruden isn’t expected to impact the Jets’ search for a new coach. The Jets, after a brief dalliance with Bill Cowher, have focused mostly on assistant coaches during a search that began Dec. 29, the day they fired Eric Mangini. The organization has interviewed eight candidates and, as of Friday night, no more interviews had been scheduled. Only one of those eight candidates – Bill Callahan – has been an NFL head coach. “They made it pretty clear from the start they were going the coordinator route,” a league source familiar with the Jets’ search said Friday night. The source said pursuing Gruden — just 45-53 with the Bucs after going 12-4 in 2002 and winning the Super Bowl in his first season — would represent a “surprising change of course” for the Jets. The source added, however, “You learn to never say never in this business.”