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Jim Popp Rising as Jets GM Candidate

By Alan Schechter

Don’t discount Jim Popp for the Jets General Manager job.

The Jets are not leaving any stone unturned, and out pops a name that nobody expected.

Jim Popp is the Director of Player Personnel for the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL, and has been in their front office since 1996. It may sound like “same old Jets” when thinking about bringing in a guy from the CFL, but when you look at his bio, you see that the guy has the credentials.

Popp’s teams have made the playoffs an unbelievable 20 times in a row, and reached the divisional championship 15 times. His teams have appeared in 10 Grey cup title games winning four of them. He is the only general manager to have won 12 games in 7 straight seasons. He is known as well for having the most successful expansion team in the history of sports, as in 1994, his expansion Baltimore Stallions played in the Grey Cup championship. He was the executive of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for the general manager job in Indianapolis last year that eventually went to Ryan Grigson.

He actually has an excellent reputation around the sport, and would be a terrific hire if the Jets can bring him in.