Jets G.M. search keeps expanding


As first, the size of the Jets’ G.M. search prompted some league insiders to say, essentially, “Jed Hughes must be getting paid by the hour.  Or maybe by the interview.”

But Hughes, the veteran NFL headhunter hired by owner Woody Johnson to find a successor to Mike Tannenbaum, isn’t merely milking the billion-dollar bosom of a Band-Aid heir.  Hughes is genuinely having trouble finding a good candidate to take the job.

The Jets wanted Dave Caldwell, who picked the Jaguars.  Then the Jets wanted Tom Telesco, who bolted to San Diego.  (See what I did there?  Yeah, I know it was lame.)

When candidates who have options opt to go elsewhere, that’s a problem.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News updates the ever-expanding search.  The current candidates are Dolphins assistant G.M. Brian Gaine, Chargers director of player personnel Jimmy Raye, Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross, 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble, Steelers director of football and business administration Omar Khan, Montreal Alouettes G.M. Jim Popp, Seahawks V.P. of football administration John Idzik, and Jets assistant G.M. Scott Cohen.

Former Browns and Eagles G.M. Tom Heckert previously canceled an interview, Ravens assistant G.M. Eric DeCosta resisted overtures from the Jets, former Bills, Panthers, and Colts G.M. Bill Polian wasn’t interested in the job (it’s not clear how interested the job was in him).

Mehta confirms that Gamble’s interview didn’t go well, prompting the one-time frontrunner to fall off the map completely.

Apart from referring to the decision to fire the G.M. and keep the head coach as “unconventional,” Mehta otherwise avoids the most obvious impediment to filling the job:  the ongoing presence of Rex Ryan on the payroll.

Whatever the specific reason, the fact that Ryan remains the constant in a sea of turmoil isn’t making it any easier to find a new G.M.  It could be Rex, it could be the circumstance, it could be a combination of those and other factors.

In the end, it could be that Johnson has no choice but to put Ryan in charge, with a G.M. who isn’t a supervisor of the coach but his toady.

52 responses to “Jets G.M. search keeps expanding

  1. The Jets should fire Rex Ryan, then they would find a GM easily. No one wants to work with that idiot.

  2. Scott Cohen… they can’t be serious.. must be the very last resort, just after Bernie from Weekend at Bernie’s.

  3. Somebody will take the job. Seems like a tit-for-tat issue for the top end guys. The Jets will have to settle for a twit because of the tat. (yeah, it’s his body but that decision is troubling) There are issues throughout that team. Cap, QB, aged players, minimal talent, attitudes, Ryan’s style… He is a good DC but his HC skills are lacking. Woody should have cleaned house.

  4. Jets are essentially doing the same thing the Bears are doing in not settling for a GM that isn’t the right fit.

    Bears get praised for their prudence, Jets story gets spun that candidates don’t want the job.

    Keep throwing that spaghetti at the wall, eventually something will stick Florio.

  5. “Jets are essentially doing the same thing the Bears are doing in not settling for a GM that isn’t the right fit.

    Bears get praised for their prudence, Jets story gets spun that candidates don’t want the job.

    Keep throwing that spaghetti at the wall, eventually something will stick Florio.”
    Not even comparable. Trying to find a GM to work with a questionable coach and tied to a terrible QB for another year is far different then finding the right coach.

  6. I do not even have to click on the article itself to know who the writer is. Florio does not disappoint. He is just another in a long line of the anti-NYjet media. In no way would I ever blame the shortcomings of a pro team on the media but their agenda is clear, their smug attempt at humor is tiresome and their clear disdain for anything NYJet related is offensive. I am not sure what Florio’s mandate is from the folks at NBC sports but I would prefer if he just reported the facts. Cimini, O’Connor, Myers, Serby, King, Mehta, Florio…..the list just goes on and for those Jet fans outside of the NY metro area should consider themselves lucky that they do not have to endure the constant barrage of overhyped criticism, anonymous sources and derisive questioning. I weep for the future.

  7. Actually a GM might WANT to work with Wrecks Ryan – as it buys a year of excuses while they contend with salary cap hell.

    But being TOLD you HAVE to work with Rex Ryan is akin to telling the world you are a GM in name only. No GM worth having would accept that – and as such they are “expanding” their search.

    I’m sure there’s a 2nd tier GM out there who knows he’s a second tier GM who would be happy to be a second tier GM on a second tier NFL team.

    Heck – I’ll do it.

  8. It’s not about Rex. No good GM is going to take a job and be told he can’t decide on his own coach.

    Johnson needs to either give the GM the power to decide on keeping Ryan, or give Ryan control over the organization and give him a Director of Player Development like BB has in New England.

    Johnson has no idea what he’s doing so he needs to give the football operations to someone who does.

  9. If they have Jed Hughes involved, this franchise is in worse shape than they ever have been.

    He isn’t qualified to pick the flavor of Gatorade for training camp.

  10. Hmmm

    It’s already known Caldwell wanted and had 3 INTERVIEWS with the Jags before the Jets. and wanted to use them as leverage for more money.

    It’s already known Tom Telesco was the Chargers guy, and the Jets just requested a last minute interview.

    It’s already known Bill Polian was only brought in to advise in the GM search and not interview. (Why else would he not interview with ANY teams)

    It’s already known for YEARS that Eric Decosta is staying put to take over for Ozzie Newsome, and resisted more than just the Jets overtures.

    It’s already known that Tom Heckert cancelled his interview cause he thought Tom Gamble was about to get the job that YOU reported anyways.

    I see what you did there…. Instead of “Jets are being thorough and didn’t like Bill “over rated” Polians recommendation Tom Gamble” you post “Jets can’t find GM” … smooth move.

  11. I saw Clem from Tallahassee down in the unemployment line. After saying “Rex who?”, he said he would take the job, and get this, for only $8/hour!

  12. To all 3 circus rings of the Jets organization:
    Please interview and hire Mike Lombardi ASAP!
    -Browns fans everywhere

  13. Big difference beween the Bears and the Jets. One is a professionally run organization while the other suffers from loud mouthed leaders making empty promises, butt fumbles and poor QB play.

  14. Perhaps no one is interested because a General Manager should be able to make his own decisions about who his coach should be. That is why the position is called a “Manager”. The Jest seem to be looking for a Yes Man.

  15. Every GM Interviewed: Can I fire Ryan, and bring in my own coach?
    Woody: Nope
    Every GM Interviewed: Ok, bye.

    And the search continues for a GM without any balls or ability to manage the team. Who will be a scapegoat 2-3 years from now when Ryan continues to suck.

  16. I don’t get it. The Jets next GM gets to draft Revis replacement this year, he has a free pass for 2013, then he gets to cut Sanchez, fire Rex Ryan, hire his own head coach, and draft Johnny Football / Bridgewater or another stud QB in 2014. What’s not to like?

  17. Keep up the good work Woody!! Have you interviewed the water boy yet? He might be the only one to get along with Rex.

  18. I can’t think of a worse one-year situation for a GM than the Jets have for 2013. No one who wants to be a winning GM wants to go through that hell.

    What makes it worse is that there are no guarantees that the new GM would be allowed to clean house after 2013, either, since it’s plain that the HC has the owner’s confidence and for whatever mad reason won’t face the truth about his incumbent quarterback. Who’s to say that at the end of a 7-9 2013, Rex says he’s confident about 2014 with Sanchez as his QB, Woody says, “That’s good enough for me”, and the GM is stuck?

    Guys like Ross and Gamble have to be looking at this and saying, “Y’know, I want to be an NFL general manager, I’ve wanted it for years, but I don’t want it badly enough to take THAT. There will be other chances.”

  19. I wonder if it is more bc Ryan is entrenched as the coach, or if it is bc of the salary cap struggles they face, coupled with a hands on/interfering owner?

    Either way, top tier experienced/qualified candidates will stay clear of that mess.

  20. Woody needs go do a Jerry Jones. He is already making all the decisions on who stays and who goes. Why does the Jest even need a GM?? This is the main reason no one wants this job!! They will have little power.

  21. They have a pretty good GM down in Dallas, maybe Woody can persuade him to come to the Jests. It would reduce the number of dysfunctional NFL franchises from two down to just one.

  22. huskersrock1 says: Jan 10, 2013 9:57 AM

    For that kind of money, I will be a toady. Just give me an office and a hot secretary!

    Let’s be a little more politically correct here!!

    An intern, a personal assistant and an “assistant to that assistant manager” will be nice!

  23. Even as a Dolphins fan, I’m baffled as to why the Jets would want the assistant GM from Miami. He was the guy who advocated against paying Cameron Wake the money they did when they brought him in from the CFL. Like, what about that dude’s resume is luring them in?

  24. Knowing the Jets, this couldn’t possibly play out any other way than it currently is. Look for top GM candidates to become the guys from Rex’s poker night, someone who gave him a “great deal” on a set of 4 new tires, and a cigar smoking monkey wearing a fedora.

  25. Jet fans now know what it felt like being a Raider fan for the last 10 years under Al Davis. At least Reggie McKenzie gives us some hope for the furture. We will gladly pass the torch as the most dysfuntional franchise in the NFL.

  26. This is interesting (the article is a little old because Mularkey was already fired by Jacksonville):

    Mike Mularkey
    Head coach, Jacksonville Jaguars

    He makes this list because he may not be in Jacksonville for long, even if the Jaguars newly-hired GM, Dave Caldwell, has a relationship with Mularkey. Mularkey, though, excels as an offensive coordinator when taking a step back from the head coaching seat. His offenses in Pittsburgh (2001-03), Miami (2006) and Atlanta (2008-11) have, for the most part, been very potent. He has a no-huddle component that helped define the Falcons offenses under Matt Ryan and could help bring the Jets offense up to speed.

  27. “Look for top GM candidates to become the guys from Rex’s poker night, someone who gave him a “great deal” on a set of 4 new tires, and a cigar smoking monkey wearing a fedora.”

    I like this monkey idea the best so far…

  28. Perhaps if Woody would get completely out of the way and turn the franchise over to a REAL football guy with complete control, someone may actually take the job.

  29. I think the problem you got here is the Jets Owner is more worried about being in the press then winning games. What a joke….

    And to compare it to the Bears is just silly its not at all the same. You don’t fire GMs and retain the head coach. No good GM wants to take a job where he doesn’t have the authority to hire his own people. Last year the Bears fired Jerry Angelo the GM and brought in Phil Emery. He had one year with Lovie and fired him. Now the new GM gets to find a head coach. Thats how it’s supposed to work. Jets/Jags whats the difference. lol

  30. “The jets are slowly becoming the miami dolphins”

    Trust me, the jets would love to be in the Dolphins shoes right about now.

    Dolphins are trending up and the jets…. well…. you decide.

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