What's not clear is where Johnson sits on Coughlin's short list, which one team source said is actually long. According to various team and NFL sources, it includes several coaches with defensive coordinator experience, including former Bills interim coach Perry Fewell
, who was Coughlin's defensive backs coach in Jacksonville (1998-2002) and who will reportedly interview for the job tomorrow.
Other experienced candidates on the list include former Bills and Bears coach Dick Jauron
, Coughlin's former defensive coordinator in Jacksonville (1995-98); Jets linebackers coach Bob Sutton
(the Jets defensive coordinator from 2006-08) and Dolphins linebackers coach George Edwards
(the Redskins defensive coordinator from 2002-03).
It may also include Dom Capers
, another of Coughlin's former Jacksonville defensive coordinators, although Capers currently holds that job with the Packers and makes more than $2million per year. Also available is Romeo Crennel
, the former Browns head coach and Giants assistant who ran Belichick's defense in New England from 2001-04.