Todd McShay says he may leave ESPN for Jets’ front office

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When the Jets fired General Manager Mike Maccagnan, a report surfaced that NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah was a candidate for a job with the team. Jeremiah later said he was never contacted, but now another TV draft analyst may join the Jets’ front office.

ESPN analyst Todd McShay says he is under consideration for a job under new Jets General Manager Joe Douglas.

“Joe is considering multiple options and I’m one of the options,” McShay told Rich Cimini of ESPN.

McShay and Douglas were teammates for two years at the University of Richmond, so the two have known each other a long time. McShay has no experience working in an NFL front office.

72 responses to “Todd McShay says he may leave ESPN for Jets’ front office

  1. I hope Todd McShay knows of when working in the front office of a NFL franchise; One can not be wrong most of the time and still get paid like in the hypothetical TV world.

  2. I wouldn’t hire Todd McShay to pick my produce. This is harsh but needed to be said. He is a good analyst and does well to cover the draft for television but it is really ridiculous to think that translates to the actual evaluation process/cycle that teams go through.

  3. please Buffalo don’t fall into the latest craze of hiring media guys to run the team and anyone who knows Sean McVey to coach

  4. Everyone seems to think the scouts and executives who work directly for NFL teams have some sort of innate gift for football evaluation. McShay has been doing the same things they do for 20 years or whatever. He’d be no worse than average the day he walked in the door of any franchise the league.

  5. The Ozzie Newsome philosophy is one that Joe Douglas brought to Philly which helped Howie Roseman tremendously. You hire a bunch of minds in the front office and they debate on who to pick up in free agency and the draft after scouting and everyone has differing opinions. The other rumored names to be joining him are excellent such as Phil Savage and Chad Alexander from the Ravens.

  6. I am more qualified than Todd McShay. Seriously, I’m not kidding. Did McShay even play college ball?

  7. We really are living in the golden age of “hire people who portray knowledgeable/successful people on TV into actual positions of importance”, aren’t we?

  8. I think McShay has a good eye for talent and he could be a good hire and do well for NY depending on what position they’re hiring him for but overall in general I don’t like this new trend of hiring guys in the media. Supposedly Pete freaking Schrager is being considered for a front office job when the guy is just a good journalist who happens to be an NFL Fanatic like the rest of us. I dont see why owners and front offices are feeling the need to look to NFL News rooms to fill their front office jobs when they’re are so many great football minds and talent evaluators in front offices and scouting departments around the league who have been doing this for years and years who actually deserve promotions. Imagine how mad crap like this makes the guy who’s worked in NFL scouting departments over the last 20yrs and is looking for a promotion but can’t get noticed. I just think owners could find way better football minds if they actually did the leg work.

  9. This guy is clueless. Terrible choice to bag groceries let alone help right a football franchise.

  10. sportoficionado says:
    June 8, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    ‘This is harsh but needed to be said.”

    No, it didn’t

    “He is a good analyst and does well to cover the draft for television but it is really ridiculous to think that translates to the actual evaluation process/cycle that teams go through.”

    The idea that me or you or anyone else here thinking they know better and could do better than just about any of these guys is what’s ridiculous McShay at his worst knows a billions times more in terms of value than any of us do.

    I always have to laugh when guys on here act like they’ve been the GM or HC for teams that have won 25 Super Bowls. It’s always a good laugh!

  11. this is inssane. Being a god tv personality doesnt translate to being a good GM. He knows his stuff no doubt but im not buying him as a GM… Who is next, Stephen A?

  12. If I’m looking to hire any talking head from ESPN, the only guy I would consider is Louis Riddick. At least on a consistent basis he knows what he’s talking about and have previous experience from working in the Redskins and Eagles front office.

  13. The funniest thing about this is Todd McShay got someone else at ESPN to report he was under consideration for a FO job. I suppose he thought he wouldn’t come across as a shameless self promoter so long as he gave someone else the scoop.

  14. sluggerman1212 says:
    June 8, 2019 at 4:25 pm
    this is inssane. Being a god tv personality doesnt translate to being a good GM. He knows his stuff no doubt but im not buying him as a GM… Who is next, Stephen A?
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    Just wondering how you translated what was said into McShay as a GM.

  15. Just because the jets are on TV doesn’t mean it has to be a comedy. Well it’s been a tragedy for so long why not switch it up. These AFC make it to easy for the Patriots. Hilarious.

  16. theitalianarmy says:
    June 8, 2019 at 3:16 pm
    I am more qualified than Todd McShay. Seriously, I’m not kidding. Did McShay even play college ball?

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    I can guarantee the world what you said is not true.

  17. Yeah… he may have been in consideration.. right up until he made it a news story.. How can they expect him to keep matters within the building when he can’t even get to the being hired part without discussing it openly?

  18. Great career move for Todd. ESPN viewers have dropped steadily for 2 years. They’re trying to change the general philosophy but they’re streaming lining too so Todd can’t expect to get steady pay increases. With the Jets he has an opportunity that might lead to big money and a lifetime of opportunities if he is successful in NY/NJ. He doesn’t have to deal with the politics that comes with working for a TV Network. He also doesn’t have to worry about age being a factor. TV Sports today is a young person’s playground. There is only so much room for old and distinguished draft experts.

  19. theitalianarmy says:
    June 8, 2019 at 3:16 pm
    I am more qualified than Todd McShay. Seriously, I’m not kidding. Did McShay even play college ball?

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    If you were really more qualified than Todd McShay, you wouldn’t need to ask that question.

  20. Todd McShay was Jets General Manager Joe Douglas roommate in college for two years. They get along well together and know how each other thinks.

  21. I’d say to all you naysayers, he probably couldn’t do any worse at player evaluation than John freakin Lynch. I’d bet anything McShay watches more tape than that guy.
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    I request that you speak more respectfully of John Lynch. He became my favorite NFL executive the day he changed careers.

  22. So what does it mean that he’s bragging about it? Like, what about when it doesn’t happen, then what? Seems foolish. I’m Douglas and I learn he’s blabbing about it, I probably scratch him off the list.

  23. I’d give the Jets the benefit. They’re following the changes in the league. They’ve spent half a century doing it the old way and have nothing to show for it. Giving this guy resources to expand on what he’s already doing couldn’t hurt. Teams are shifting from hiring those old guard guys and looking for new ideas and younger execs.

  24. There is a reason people like Mel Kiper have never had an NFL front office job. It is much easier being a TV draft “analyst” where there is no accountability.

  25. Look at the success of the guys doing it now. The first round is 50/50 and when you get into the third round it’s only about a 33% success rate. Anyone could do that good throwing darts at names. When it comes to contracts look what the experienced guys paid Bell.

  26. He has relationships with all of the college programs. He’s not the GM. He is part of the personnel/scouting department. He is a perfect choice to fill one of those roles.

  27. Vasteelerfan says:
    June 8, 2019 at 5:24 pm
    McShay is just as qualified as the reality star in the Oval Office….so why not.
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    Best front office person in the last 30+ years?

  28. Vasteelerfan says:
    June 8, 2019 at 5:24 pm
    McShay is just as qualified as the reality star in the Oval Office….so why not.

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    Living rent free in your head since November 8, 2016.

    Why can’t you people function without bringing him up in everything?

  29. Are we serious here, good grief what is going on with the Jets. What does Todd McShay know about a front office job.
    Strikes me Adam Gase has found out he needs a lot of help in New York. The press are going to drill him, unlike Miami,
    and he needs his friends around him.
    Can’t wait to see how this all turns out.

  30. The same Todd McShay who called Mitch Leidner, former Golden Gophers QB, a 1st round draft pick despite having poor accuracy, poor decision making, and poor stats at the college level, simply because he’s 6’4″?

    Well, at least the Jets will look like a team of all-pros, until they line up to play football.

  31. theitalianarmy says:
    June 8, 2019 at 3:16 pm
    I am more qualified than Todd McShay. Seriously, I’m not kidding. Did McShay even play college ball?

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    Yea genius, he was a starting QB in College, not bad either. The scouts said he was to short & small to survive the NFL. But he had a great head for football so they thought he should be a coach or talent scout.

    Here’s what’s amazing about your comment, everything you said about Mcshay was dead wrong, but it describes you perfectly.

  32. Mcshay knows as much as anyone working in these front offices. I get a good laugh when guys act like GMs know what they are doing, like a need to worship. The truth is that most execs are terrible, and the ones who aren’t terrible are lucky. The real GM skill set is money and contract management, yet no one is even bringing this up, nor do you even need to be a lawyer to understand the simplistic contracts used in the NFL. Mcshay will be fine, on talent alone most teams are working from virtually the same draft card.

  33. I think we can surmise, now – from Mayock in Oakland and (maybe-possibly-soon-or-at-least-the-notion-of) McShay in New York – that in fact NFL executives and coaches DO pay attention to the pundits of pre-draft hype. My guess is that the NFL has come to realize that talent evaluation is a crap shoot, and so they get their information from many of hte same sources and take guesses.

    There is no other explanation for talking heads being in these positions of authority, or even being considered for those positions.

    Kiper may be next.

  34. This sounds like the correct direction for the Jets…….I mean the last Super Bowl was 1969

  35. If I was a long time NFL personnel person, I would be insulted that they would even consider a guy who made money doing nothing but talking speculation.
    In the NFL, decisions you make affect people’s lives in a profound way. ]
    Are the Jets serious about winning or just making a show?

  36. You definitely can’t judge a draft until 2 or 3 years later, but I think first year GM Mike Mayock and the Raiders had the best overall draft in the entire NFL. If McShay loves to grind film the way I think he does, he should have no problem going to the top of the scouting heap. The scouting industry has gotten way too much into the underwear workouts, and less on the film study.

  37. Why is McShay so unusual? I mean we have elevated a reality TV person to the highest office in the land …..McShay might be working for a joke of a franchise but the other is making a joke of an entire country.

  38. Say what you will about Kiper but he’s the first person to put out a draft board and has done so for the past 40 years or so. Everyone else, including McShay and Mayock just copy the list he spent a year compiling

  39. Mel Kiper is patiently waiting by the phone for a NFL team to call him
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    He’s made a great living off ESPN.

    Why go to the NFL, where 2/3 of the League gets turned over continually?

  40. I’m convinced that someone within the Jets organization is secretly conspiring to keep them from winning. Inside Job.

  41. Say what you will about Kiper but he’s the first person to put out a draft board and has done so for the past 40 years or so. Everyone else, including McShay and Mayock just copy the list he spent a year compiling
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    McShay ran the Sporting News Draft pub for a number of years before he went to ESPN

    It was a solid read. He didn’t fare any worse than the NFL personnel guys.

    .. that is what I liked about Mayock. He wasn’t afraid to have an original opinion. His board always seemed to look a lot different than everybody elses.

    I miss Kipers Draft pub in the worst way. That was solid gold every single year.

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