The Todd Bowles news is interesting . . . Dan Leberfeld

The Jets are bringing in Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles for a second interview. The announcement was made by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

The Jets are also going to interview Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott this week. That announcement was made by ESPN’s Dan Graziano.

But the Bowles news is a little more interesting to me because it’s a second interview. McDermott is coming in for the first time.

You don’t do second interviews for the heck of it. Second interviews generally connote major interest.

It has been reported that the leading candidate for the job is Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. ESPN’s Adam Schefter announced on Sunday that the Jets were prepared to send a plane to Seattle For Quinn, if the Seahawks had lost to Carolina, which they did not.

On paper, Bowles is every bit the candidate as Quinn. They are both well-respected NFL defensive coordinators.

In fact, Bowles’ resume might be a little stronger than Quinn’s, due to the fact that Bowles clearly ran the Arizona defense the last two years. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is an offensive guy, and he gave Bowles total autonomy. Quinn worked under Pete Carroll, one of the top defensive minds in football. Carroll is obviously very involved on that side of the ball.

That doesn’t make Quinn a lesser-candidate, but as Vin Scully would say, “it’s interesting to note.”

Like Quinn, Bowles is a New Jersey-native. Bowles is from Elizabeth, and Quinn is from Morris Township.

It’s incumbent on Jets owner Woody Johnson to pick a candidate his new general manager is in lockstep with, so the new GM should have a major say in the choice.

It’s hard to say who the likely GM Mike Maccagnan would favor between Bowles and Quinn.