Ryan can only interview, but Schwartz can accept

In the first game of Saturday’s AFC Divisional Playoffs, the Ravens and Lions won, and the Titans, Rams and Jets lost.

Now that the Ravens have advanced, the Rams and Jets must wait to hire Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan. However, Ryan will have a whirlwind 24 hours. After helping the Ravens to Saturday night’s upset victory over the Titans, Ryan is scheduled to interview for the Jets’ and Rams’ head-coaching vacancy today. He also could meet with the Jets about their job.

But with the Titans knocked out of the playoffs, the Lions now are free to talk again with Tennessee defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz if they so chose.

Schwartz is considered a viable candidate for the job, as are Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and Dolphins assistant head coach Todd Bowles. Detroit would like to pare down its candidates and then bring in the three finalists to meet with team owner Bill Ford Sr.

But now the system will not work against Schwartz the way it would have had the Titans won Saturday. Instead, the Titans lost, and Schwartz is free to try to land his first NFL head-coaching job.

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