League has no comment on report of Casserly contacting Jets candidates

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On the surface, the report from NJ.com that former NFL G.M. Charley Casserly has begun contacting potential coaching and G.M. candidates for the Jets seems reasonable and expected.  At a deeper level, the report (if true) creates potential problems.

If Casserly is indeed contacting candidates currently under contract with other teams, he’s engaging in tampering.  The potential violation becomes more glaring in light of the fact that he currently works for the NFL, through its in-house media conglomerate.

The league has no comment on the situation.  One league source with knowledge of Casserly’s efforts tells PFT that he’s making calls about candidates, but that Casserly is not directly contacting candidates.

What makes the situation a bit more complicated is the report from the New York Daily News that Casserly has been doing background work on candidates in connection with his role as a member of the NFL’s Career Development Advisory Panel.  That connection makes Casserly more attractive to the Jets as a potential consultant, because he’s in position to provide much more meaningful input given his role on the panel that identifies the best candidates for the looming wave of vacancies.

Whether individual teams should be in position to purchase the information and access obtained by members of the advisory panel by hiring them as consultants is a philosophical question the league needs to address, if it so chooses.  For now, Jets owner Woody Johnson’s decision to retain a consultant who is in a unique position to provide consultation is one of the smartest moves Johnson has made in a long time.

Then again, when it comes to smart moves made by Johnson, the bar is pretty low.

43 responses to “League has no comment on report of Casserly contacting Jets candidates

  1. In thee NFL, if you wear a white collar and a suit, you can get away with pretty much anything. If you wear a uniform, not so much.

  2. The league is walking a fine line between ‘a little crooked’ and ‘a lot crooked’. And that is definitely a funny picture of ol’ Charlie.

  3. The name of the game is to stay one step ahead of the competition, and anything that provides a unique perspective of good information is indeed an advantage. Get as much of that as you can!

  4. The league won’t do anything about this even if it does violate their own rules. You should know by now that the rules only apply to certain people and not to others. There is no way the NFL management punishes one of their own.

  5. Jets short list of coaches could look like this.

    1 Mike Shanahan
    2 Mike Smith
    3 Greg Williams
    4 Todd Bowles
    5 Mark Trestman

  6. The Advisory Panel was set up to gather information and identify candidates for teams looking for a new coach and/or GM. This information would presumably be available to any team looking for a new coach and/or GM. If Woody Johnson hired Casserly to gain access to this information, isn’t he paying for something that he could otherwise have gotten for free?

    I’m sure tampering happens all the time. The problem for the Jets is that this situation has been publicized and brought to the League’s attention. That makes it more difficult for the League to look the other way. It also reminds potential GM and coaching candidates of the weirdness that generally surrounds the Jets and may make some candidates think twice about coming to the Jets.

  7. this is the guy who drafted Heath Shuler with the #3 overall pick in 1994. Sounds like Jets material to me

  8. …It also reminds potential GM and coaching candidates of the weirdness that generally surrounds the Jets and may make some candidates think twice about coming to the Jets.
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    Woody Johnson makes candidates think twice before going to the Jets…fixed it for ya

  9. The Jets compliance with the rules in this situation are, at best, form over substance. Given the commissioner’s broad powers it’s hard to believe that such a betrayal of the NFL rules is not worth the loss of the Jets’ first round pick and Casserly’s removal from the Advisory board. Let’s see what Goodell does.

  10. Woody is why BB resigned as HC of the NYJ. If Hess hadnt died, BB and gang green would have those 3 Lombardi.

  11. At least this sounds like John Idzic will be gone after Sunday. That’s good news. I wouldn’t mind keeping Rex. We’s need a very strong offensive coordinator & a better, Veteran QB, but with some talent, I still believe Rex can take the Jets further. I’m just not looking forward to another rebuild w/crappy drafted QB’s.

  12. Mike Florio writes that…… When it comes to smart moves being made by Johnson, the bar is pretty low.

    How many NFL teams do you own Mike?

    P.S. Not a Jets fan.

  13. Polian and his son must read PFT. I can’t think of any other reason ppl would “thumbs down” the haircut comments. They are hilarious.

  14. The league doesnt punish the Jets, we learned that when they looked the other way when they lied about taping the Pats in Foxboro during the 2006 playoffs.

  15. joeconnorjr says:
    Dec 27, 2014 12:57 PM
    The Advisory Panel was set up to gather information and identify candidates for teams looking for a new coach and/or GM. This information would presumably be available to any team looking for a new coach and/or GM. If Woody Johnson hired Casserly to gain access to this information, isn’t he paying for something that he could otherwise have gotten for free?

    I’m sure tampering happens all the time. The problem for the Jets is that this situation has been publicized and brought to the League’s attention. That makes it more difficult for the League to look the other way. It also reminds potential GM and coaching candidates of the weirdness that generally surrounds the Jets and may make some candidates think twice about coming to the Jets
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    The Jets GM position is actually an attractive option for potential candidates. They will have close to 50 mil in cap space, a top 5 pick, and the gm will actually be able to pick their coach this time. Two of the most important positions (both lines, offense needs to add a piece or two) are strong points of the roster. Woody is a hands off owner and will let the gm run the team. He is certainly not one of the better owners, but he is not the worst. Have the Jets been a great franchise, no, but they have not been the worst as most people here claim. The Jets have been a middle of the road NFL franchise under Johnsons watch since he took over in 2000. Several playoff appearances, playoff victories and were within a missed fg in Pittsburgh of going to a 3rd AFC title game. How many other teams can say that over that time period? They have played in a division with a dominant Patriots team unfortunately.

  16. Fire the person who suggested Casserly wear that “rug”..Get a new “do”….

    Mike Shanahan and his son would be great.i.e coach and offensive coordinator….The son is the oc with the Browns,but he’s good and one day will make a great head coach…

  17. Anyone think Doug Marrone was one of those guys?

    No one thought he was leaving – then he leaves, takes a$4 million cash buy out to walk out the door and 5 minutes later is being touted as having “mutual interest” with the Jets?

    That’s TWO blatant tampering violations in ONE WEEK for the Jets – and three in the last year with Jackson, Revis and now Marrone, leaving a division rival in a lurch and an owner out of $4 million.

    Meanwhile Goodell takes draft picks away from teams with far more minor tampering violations. Seems like they all deserve those draft picks back if Goodell is going to play favorites like this.

  18. I almost soiled myself reading the comments about Casserly’s photo.

    They must have had to use 8-9 pounds of makeup on that mug when he made his random appearances on CBS.

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