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Source: Jets call off interview with Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott

The New York Jets have canceled their interview with Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, a league source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday night.

McDermott was scheduled to meet Wednesday with the Jets about their head-coaching vacancy, but a team official informed him Tuesday night the interview had been scratched, the source said.

It would seem to be a strong indication the Jets have found their coach.

Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles was in New York on Tuesday for a second interview with the Jets. Bowles is the first candidate to get a second interview with the team since Rex Ryan was fired this month after six seasons.

McDermott, 40, oversaw a top-10 defense for the third year in a row with the Panthers. A former Philadelphia Eagles assistant, he interviewed with Washington last year before Jay Gruden was hired there.

With the Panthers playing in the wild-card round of the playoffs, last week would have been the earliest McDermott could have interviewed for any head-coaching vacancy.

Carolina coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday he was excited McDermott was getting another chance to interview for a head-coaching post. But that opportunity never came to pass.

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