Jets to interview Jerry Angelo
I'd be "Tebowing" if I were a Jets fan.
....can it get any worse there?
LINK to the article Nine days after firing longtime general manager Mike Tannenbaum, the New York Jets still aren't close to finding his replacement.
After interviewing four candidates, the Jets have decided to expand their search for a new general manager. New York will interview three new candidates Thursday, including formerChicago Bears GM Jerry Angelo, according to league sources.
Angelo, who was fired from his post in Chicago after the 2011 season, is the only known candidate with experience as a GM. He was the Bears' GM for 11 years, compiling an 87-73 record and building the team that reached Super Bowl XLI.
The Jets also will meet with Miami Dolphins assistant GM Brian Gaine and Pittsburgh Steelersdirector of football and business administration Omar Kahn, sources said.
The Jets have reached out to no fewer than 12 potential candidates, and that number is expected to grow. They're expected to conduct more interviews on Friday, which means the search probably will continue into next week.
The Jets clearly were not blown away by any of their original four candidates, prompting team officials to cast a wider net. The franchise is under intense pressure to make the right choice.
Not only did the Jets stumble to a 6-10 record, but they've been lampooned since the end of the season. They've provided plenty of tabloid fodder, with Rex Ryan's well-chronicled getaway to the Bahamas, his infamous tattoo and the clumsy, eight-day delay before their season-ending news conference -- a violation of the NFL media policy.
Owner Woody Johnson still wants Ryan to be a major presence in the organization. That became apparent Tuesday at their joint news conference. Despite the losing season, Johnson gave an effusive vote of confidence to Ryan, also revealing that Ryan will be involved in the latter stages of the GM search.
Johnson confirmed that Ryan is part of the package, meaning the next GM has to retain the coach for at least one season. Johnson said he hasn't received any negative backlash from potential candidates.
"I really haven't had any reaction, no," he said. "I think everybody feels like they're pretty fortunate to have Rex because of what they know. They know he's a good coach and you can't always say that. It takes one of the uncertainties out of the equation."
Not everyone feels the same way.
"It's an absolute recipe for disaster," said a longtime GM, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "It's a marriage by proxy."
Amid the Jets' recent embarrassing headlines, they're still looking for a GM. Consider their odyssey:
Two landed other GM jobs: Former Atlanta Falconsdirector of player personnel Dave Caldwell was hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars and formerIndianapolis Colts vice president of football operations Tom Telesco landed the San Diego Chargers' GM job.
One declined an interview (Baltimore Ravensassistant GM Eric DeCosta); one canceled his interview (former Cleveland Browns GM Tom Heckert); and one postponed to pursue other options (Green Bay Packers director of football operations John Dorsey).
49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble was considered the early favorite, but his interview didn't go as well as expected, according to league sources. Caldwell became the next hot name -- he was invited back for a second interview -- but league sources suspect he used the Jets as leverage against the Jaguars.
The Jets also met with New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and their top in-house candidate, Scott Cohen, who served as Tannenbaum's assistant GM for five years. People close to the organization believe owner Woody Johnson will give strong consideration to Cohen because he's already familiar with Ryan.
The Jets' job would be a homecoming for Gaine, who will meet with team officials later this week. He grew up in Pearl River, N.Y., attended Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey, played briefly on the Jets' practice squad and became a scout under Bill Parcells. He followed Parcells to theDallas Cowboys and Dolphins, ascending to the front office.
Gaine was a practice-squad tight end for the Jets and Giants. Former Jets teammates Wayne Chrebet, Marvin Jones and Anthony Becht gave their endorsements, tweeting that Gaine would be an excellent choice.
Last edited by JustAnotherBearsFan99; 01-10-2013 at 09:09 AM.
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Whenever I'm feeling a bit frustrated with the Bears, I just think about how it would feel to be a Jets fan right now - and I feel a whole lot better. I've never seen a franchise so screwed up, as they are right now. I do feel sorry for their fans though.
Originally Posted by Shark86x
Nobody deserves that.
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Yeah, I don't know what to say. They must be wanting to beat the lions 0-16 record. That team is going nowhere but down, and JA is just the guy to help them get there. As far as the fans, they should all bail. But you're right, no fans deserve that. Except packers fans.
I really hope he gets the job one less team to even think about when it comes time to play them.
OMFG this could really happen. Rex is a D guy and JA will cater to that. Drafting nothing but D line and ST players. JA will tell the owners how he can save them money by having less scouts b/c of his expertise.
What a nice late Christmas present this would be!
Arguing on the internet is like winning the special olympics, even if you win your still messed up.
Restore the roar!
Funniest thing I've read in a while. Why would they want to go backwards?? They might as well go for Matt Millen too. I love the responses to this!!
Emery should see if they want a few other guys too. Maybe Tice & a few of our worst offensive linemen (just tell Rex they have sexy feet). Maybe get a 1st round pick for Rachel too (if they can get him into a straight-jacket for the flight to NY).
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Does Jerry have any clue on how to scout a man coverage corner? The guy has been solely involved with the Tampa 2 philosophy for a LONG time. I'm guessing if he were hired, he'd eventually fire Rex and get the Tampa band back together.
I think you could have stopped right there.
Originally Posted by Butka