Is the GM Search Getting Away from Woody Johnson Already?

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Jan 8, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets owner Woody Johnson reviews the 2012 season and address changes for 2013 at the New York Jets Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

The search for Mike Tannenbaum’s replacement is just a little over a week old. The process is far over it, I am not too naive to realize that. However, being a Jets fan for almost 30 years now, you develop a certain sense of paranoia when things get tough. I don’t want to admit that I am paranoid as this early portion of the search, but…..OK I am very paranoid. The signs are there that this thing may be getting away from Woody and the Jets already.

Let’s take a look at the most recent timeline. Over the weekend, the report surfaced from our friends at the Jets Blog that the Jets were close to signing a deal with Tom Gamble.  Basically, the story said that the Jets had some numbers out there in a deal, but still had to go through the motions of other interviews to comply with the “Rooney Rule”. To their credit, they are standing by the story, but we do know that Gamble has gone on to take other interviews, after cancelling some to concentrate on the Jets. The rumor is out there that Gamble didn’t interview well, and has some trouble with his grasp on the salary cap. Whether or not that is true, we will obviously never know, but the fact is that the process has needed to go forward.

Fast forward into this week. Reports surface that Dave Caldwell, director of Player Personnel for the Atlanta Falcons, is going to be deciding between taking the job with the Jets, or the Jacksonville Jaguars. Yesterday we hear that Caldwell is being brought to NY on Woody Johnson’s private plane. I am sure I was not the only one thinking that there was no way, after getting the royal treatment, that Caldwell would choose the Jacksonville Jaguars over the New York Jets. How could be pass up an opportunity like this, right? Well, that is exactly what happened, as Dave Caldwell accepted the general manager position with the Jaguars.

Needless to say, Jets Nation was starting to get a little bit restless at this point. Why are we hearing about these top level candidates, only to then hear reasons why they have moved on? Turn the page..

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  • John Szeligowski Jr.

    Even though Woody keeping Rex is a consideration for a new GM taking the job or not, I get the feeling I’ve seen this before; the Jets can’t seem to make up their minds and are left with (or make) the least desirable choice. It’s probably because our Jetsies have had the potential in the past to be successful only for them to make one or two bad enough choices to really stick it to themselves or only get so far. I’m hoping that all this is just posturing until after the Rooney Rule interview and then they can say what they want; that would make sense. But what also makes sense is that Woody is wavering just long enough to make it seem he lost all better choices than Scott Cohen. This, of course, would be the predictable Jets move. This choice in GM can be a pivotal moment in modern Jets history because it will either show the fan base that they are serious or are looking to save money and willing to sacrifice success for it. The truth is none of us truly know if Scott Cohen will be any worse than Tannenbaum, but some of the other choices out there are clearly a more defined step in a professional direction.

    • $41324269

      True John. For all we know Scott Cohen might be a great choice, but nobody is going to see it that way.

  • Eric Morgan

    Seems to be going well – lots of candidates, which is what you want, and the search firm doing this is the best. Woody will have a lot to choose from – we’ll have to wait and see which one he wants.

    • $41324269

      Very true. I just hope they aren’t losing people by forcing Rex on them.