East Notes: Jets, Casserly, Ryan, Washington

Jets consultant Charley Casserly is open to hiring a new coach before a GM, as Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News writes. “In a perfect world,” Casserly said on 620 AM WDAE, “You hire the GM first and then hire the head coach…However, sometimes opportunities present themselves on a coach that you can get in competition with and you feel like you need to pull the trigger on the coach first. And then come back and hire a general manager..Now people will say, ‘Well, that can’t work.’ Well, Seattle won the Super Bowl and that’s exactly what they did.”

  • The Bills will soon talk to Rex Ryan about their head coaching vacancy but they are concerned that he is leery of their quarterback situation, a source tells Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. In Buffalo, EJ Manuel stands as the starter and without a first-round pick, there aren’t many clear options for fixing the position.
  • The Chiefs denied permission to Washington to interview Gary Gibbs for their defensive coordinator opening, a source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Gibbs, for his part, says that he turned the interview down, according to Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star (on Twitter).
  • Eagles assistant DBs coach Todd Lyght is leaving to become the cornerbacks coach at Vanderbilt, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter).
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