No specific meeting time has been set up yet, but Ryan isn’t allowed to be interviewed this week under NFL rules governing assistant coaches as he prepares for Sunday’s playoff game against the Miami Dolphins.
The son of former NFL coach Buddy Ryan, Ryan, 46, is the architect of the NFL’s second-ranked defense and interviewed last year for head-coaching positions with the Ravens, the Atlanta Falcons and the Dolphins. Ryan was promoted to assistant head coach prior to this season.
"I think Rex is more than qualified to be a head coach in the NFL," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a telephone interview.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh endorsed Ryan’s candidacy Monday, adding that he has talked with Ryan about his prospects and hopes he will remain in Baltimore for a long time.
Ryan, who’s also expected to emerge as a potential candidate for openings with the Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams, Detroit Lions and the Denver Broncos, faces a lot of competition for the Jets’ job previously held by former Ravens and New England Patriots assistant Eric Mangini.
The Jets were unsuccessful in trying to get former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher to reconsider his decision to sit out the 2009 season, but are expected to look at former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan and have reportedly scheduled interviews this week with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, offensive line coach Bill Callahan and New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.