Jets get it right with Joe Douglas

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The Jets invited plenty of criticism for firing G.M. Mike Maccagnan after the draft. The Jets deserve praise now for hiring Joe Douglas to become the new General Manager.

While there possibly would be a better candidate out there somewhere (the Jets interviewed only four), Jets CEO Christopher Johnson apparently realized the importance of hiring someone with whom coach Adam Gase will be comfortable.

If Johnson had targeted the “best person for the job” without regard to whether that person would happily work with Gase, Johnson would have been setting the stage for more dysfunction, because the “best person for the job” would have arrived with a short wish list of coaches — and Gase likely wouldn’t have been on it.

That’s always the problem with firing the G.M. and keeping the coach. The new G.M. will want to hire his own coach, at the first legitimate opportunity. And the G.M. will be inclined to stay close to the owner, especially on game days, pointing out in subtle or not-so-subtle fashion the flaws in the coach’s decision-making and overall job performance.

It’s far better to have everyone on the same page, and Douglas and Gase will be on the same page. They’ll succeed together, or they’ll fail together. And, ideally, when owner Woody Johnson returns from his government job in the UK and takes control of the team again, he’ll be inclined to stay the course because the Jets by then will be winning on a consistent basis.

With a young franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold, that’s not so far fetched.

18 responses to “Jets get it right with Joe Douglas

  1. >>If Johnson had targeted the “best person for the job” without regard to whether that person would happily work with Gase, Johnson would have been setting the stage for more dysfunction, because the “best person for the job” would have arrived with a short wish list of coaches — and Gase likely wouldn’t have been on it.

    There is no reason for a GM to hire the HC, nor should the HC ever report to the GM, thats a conflict of interest.
    Both the GM and HC should report to a knowledgeable president of football operations (i.e. not the owner).

    Far too often a GM does a bad job, and buys a year or two by blaming teh HC and firing him. The HC can only do so much with bad players.

    The GM and HC have different responsibilities and its up to the team president to measure performance and arbitrate disputes.

    The GM and HC should be on the same page and that page is the one the President of Football Operations tell them.

  2. The circumstances were not ideal. But Joe Douglas has been a hot GM prospect for a while. He would have gotten a GM job for sure the following year. Jets ownership EVENTUALLY came to the correct conclusion that Mike Maccagnan was responsible for their recent failures– Very poor drafts, poor contracts–his good draft picks were the 1st round no-brainers. They got one of the TOP GM candidates to pair with a head coach, and with a 6 year contract–I think he’ll have time. And they already have a decent QB prospect. Fix the OL and they have a chance to be decent.

    Bowles deserved better, but he ran through too many offensive coordinators, and could not get rid of his friend DC Kacy Rodgers when his playcalling and game planning was sub-par. Jets didn’t plan for Baker Mayfield to play at all? Lack of preparation was a Bowles hallmark. Not being able to draft talent in the mid draft rounds was an issue for Maccagnan. For a guy that is suppose to be a top college scout–he couldn’t scout for crap.

  3. Seemed like all the writers & reporters figured he was best the candidate out there, every thing I read was Douglas or bust. With all these hires, HC, GM everyone has an opinion but nobody nows how it will work out ,but time will tell!

  4. Tylaw, your just spoiled being in New England and I can’t blame you. I hope your over LII. With a little luck might be a do over this season.

  5. There have been rumblings in the local media that when Woody comes back he may not have a role at all in the football side of things and Christopher Johnson will be the guy in the building. That would also explain why Douglas took the job with all the uncertainty around Woody because that could be cleared up in a simple phone call. The Jet’s power structure is not uncommon, the Chiefs and Giants are two teams off the top of my head that have the same exact structure so the criticisms for that are pretty misinformed. There are potential moves out there the Jets could make (Trae Waynes or Trent Williams) which would fill a need and possibly put them in the playoff contender category.

  6. Bowles was a terrible head coach (excellent co-ordinator) but McCagnnan did an awful job.

  7. All bad teams overpay in beginning and then when they become good players want too play their. Joe Douglas was a grand slam hire the jets nailed it and things are looking great. Haters will hate but if you can’t give jets credit for doing a great job than u have no clue about anything. What’s up tylaw

  8. I don’t know how Joe Douglas will pan out. Nobody does. But if there were someone better for the job, but was bypassed just because Joe has a relationship with Gase, I don’t know how anyone views that as a win. It’s great for everyone to be on the same page….unless it’s the WRONG page.

  9. So the logic is that the Jets did a good job because they got a GM that goes well with the current coach as opposed to trying to get the best GM who will bring in a better coach. Sounds legit

  10. Joe Douglas is as good a talent evaluator as there is, however being a GM is much more complicated than that. The contract negotiations are huge and Joe is very under experienced in that very crucial dept. 1 bad deal can set a franchise back years.

  11. I liked what Kirwan said. Interview as many guys as possible because they’ll all show up prepared and having studied your team, then pick their brains. I hope they did that.

  12. raiderrawnes says:
    June 8, 2019 at 1:50 pm
    So the logic is that the Jets did a good job because they got a GM that goes well with the current coach as opposed to trying to get the best GM who will bring in a better coach. Sounds legit

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    No, the reason that this hire was much better than past Jets GM hires was because the best man for the job also happened to meet their other criteria for the role. When being able to work with Rex Ryan was a condition for the GM hire, the best they could do was John Idzik.

  13. Joe Douglas will hire Howie Roseman in two years as his contract/cap VP which means Eagles after two years of Howie drafts will have had it with he.

  14. thereyougo2 says:
    June 8, 2019 at 7:28 pm
    Joe Douglas will hire Howie Roseman in two years as his contract/cap VP which means Eagles after two years of Howie drafts will have had it with he.
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    Yeh cause all Howie did was hire Doug Peterson, Joe Douglas, draft Wentz, manage the cap better than most oh and won a SB after cleaning up Chip Kelly’s mess. Yeh I’m suuuuure he’ll be gone soon SMH

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