Though we haven’t heard from the Jets much since the off-season, we do know that the Jets will begin interview general manager candidates tomorrow. Earlier this week, we profiled Marc Ross and Tom Gamble. Today, we will take a look at a candidate we heard about yesterday, Tom Heckert, Jr.
He’s a young man, only 45 years old. He came into the league in 1991, as a scouting with the Miami Dolphins, working in their scouting department until 1999, when he was promoted to Assistant Director of Pro Personnel/College Scout. In 2000, was named the Dolphins Director of Pro Personnel.
In 2001, Heckert joined the Eagles as Director of Player Personnel, and worked in that post before being promoted to Vice President of Player Personnel in 2003. He moved to the position of General Manager in 2006. He was with the Eagles through 2009, a highly successful time in Eagles history, as they went to the NFC title game 4 straight years, from 2001-2004. During his tenure with the Eagles, he drafted Pro Bowl players such as David Akers, Trent Cole, DeSean Jackson, and seven others.
Heckert was the general manager of the Cleveland Browns from 2010-12/31/12. The Browns were 14-34 during his tenure as the General Manager.
This is a candidate that had some past success in the league, but his recent record with the Browns is definitely troublesome. I am not so sure if this is the right guy for the job, but we will see what happens.