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DIESELMAN
01-06-2009, 07:35 AM
NEW YORK -- The New York Jets (http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/teams/page/NYJ) will interview Cardinals (http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/teams/page/ARI) offensive line coach Russ Grimm on Thursday in Arizona about their coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the search told the Associated Press on Monday.

Grimm, 49, is in his second season with the Cardinals, who play at Carolina in the NFC divisional playoffs Saturday. Both Jets owner Woody Johnson and general manager Mike Tannenbaum will make the trip to Arizona for the interview, according to the person, who requested anonymity because the individual wasn't authorized to discuss the search.

Grimm will join Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, and Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and assistant head coach/offensive line coach Bill Callahan as candidates who have interviewed to replace the fired Eric Mangini.

Johnson was out of the country during the first three interviews, but kept in constant contact with Tannenbaum about the coaching search and was back at the Jets' facility in Florham Park, N.J., on Monday, the person told the AP.

Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski has also been invited to interview for the job, a school official told the AP, and the school has reportedly threatened to fire him if he goes through with it.
Athletic director Gene DeFilippo wouldn't confirm that he gave Jagodzinski an ultimatum, but ESPN.com reported Sunday night that the coach would not be welcome to return if he seeks work in the NFL.

A BC official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the school was not commenting publicly, said the former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator committed to stay in Chestnut Hill longer than two years when he was hired.

The Jets declined comment through a team spokesman, neither confirming nor denying that Jagodzinski was interviewing for the coaching vacancy.

A call to Jagodzinski's office was referred to BC media relations, and was not returned.

The Jets have also received permission to speak with Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, but had not determined a day to meet. The Ravens play at Tennessee in the AFC divisional playoffs Saturday.

No other interviews were scheduled as of Monday night.


Grimm was a four-time Pro Bowl guard in 11 seasons with Washington, and then spent nine years as an assistant with the Redskins. He beefed up his coaching resume three seasons ago when he coached the offensive line that helped the Pittsburgh Steelers win a Super Bowl.


He was a finalist for the Pittsburgh job before last season, when Mike Tomlin got the position. After Ken Whisenhunt was hired as Arizona's coach, he brought along Grimm from Pittsburgh to serve as his assistant.


In 2007, Grimm's offensive line allowed only 24 sacks, the fewest given up by the Cardinals since 1978 with 22.

HUNT4SEVEN
01-06-2009, 01:25 PM
We need an O-Line coach like Grimm, i don't think Grimm is an head coach though:dunno:

Dean Denton
01-06-2009, 01:52 PM
We need an O-Line coach like Grimm, i don't think Grimm is an head coach though:dunno:I feel the same way. I never thought of him as a head coach. I think he is a hellofa line coach, but I have my doubts about head coach. I'm glad we didn't take him. Cripes, he was interviewed for like 6 hours. I thought for sure he was the guy...

DIESELMAN
01-06-2009, 05:32 PM
We need Craig Wolfley as OL coach next year.....

Dean Denton
01-06-2009, 05:55 PM
We need Craig Wolfley as OL coach next year.....

Who's that?

ChefDawg
01-06-2009, 06:08 PM
Grimm..the same guy that was named the Head Coach of the Steelers, until the NFL intervened and made them hire Tomlin?? (Rooney Rule)

Dean Denton
01-06-2009, 06:21 PM
Grimm..the same guy that was named the Head Coach of the Steelers, until the NFL intervened and made them hire Tomlin?? (Rooney Rule)
No, whos Craig Woofley? I know who Grimm is....lol

DIESELMAN
01-06-2009, 06:34 PM
No, whos Craig Woofley? I know who Grimm is....lol
LOL....Wolfley played OT/OG for the Steelers from 1980-1989. He writes for SCI (SteelCityInsider.com), he also had a show with Tunch Ilkin (former OT for the Steelers back in 1980-1992). The guy knows his trenches, he does a game review, he is always talking on what the OL needs to do to get better, in the passing game and the run game. He is dead on about all of it......

Dean Denton
01-06-2009, 06:37 PM
LOL....Wolfley played OT/OG for the Steelers from 1980-1989. He writes for SCI (SteelCityInsider.com), he also had a show with Tunch Ilkin (former OT for the Steelers back in 1980-1992). The guy knows his trenches, he does a game review, he is always talking on what the OL needs to do to get better, in the passing game and the run game. He is dead on about all of it......
Has he coached before?

DIESELMAN
01-06-2009, 06:38 PM
Has he coached before?
I don't think so, he's been offered jobs but has turned them all down.

Dean Denton
01-06-2009, 06:49 PM
I don't think so, he's been offered jobs but has turned them all down.Maybe he could come on as an advisor then. Or some type of assistant. If anyone one this site thinks that there are people that could come on and help, I will listen. I dont have all the answers, and there always seems to be a million people out there that can offer something. Someone with OL skills should want to work for the Steelers. I mean, think of the challenge for them. This team has always had a bad *** line, and for someone to try and come in here and make it the best ever would be great.
We need that right now.

Thomas_43
01-06-2009, 10:47 PM
Quick Fact: I grew up in the same town as Grimm did and went to the same high school. He's a good bit older than me tho.....by like 25 years. LOL

Dean Denton
01-07-2009, 11:06 AM
Quick Fact: I grew up in the same town as Grimm did and went to the same high school. He's a good bit older than me tho.....by like 25 years. LOL
So are you saying that you would like to be our OL coach? I went to the same high school as Bruce Lee, so guess what I'm thinking....lol

ejsteeler
01-07-2009, 11:15 AM
Shiat...I'm willing to give Thomas_43 a shot....can't be much worse than we have now.....:lol:

lloydfan4life
01-07-2009, 11:49 AM
Shiat...I'm willing to give Thomas_43 a shot....can't be much worse than we have now.....:lol:

Now THAT'S funny!!! :yellowthumb: :hilarious:

I agree w/those of you who don't think Grimm is head coach material. He's a great line coach but I don't think he would succeed as a head coach.

Either way I wish him well.... I always liked Russ!