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..