The New York Jets have been lauded for hiring Joe Douglas as their new general manager, but is he really the right man for the job?
The Jets parted ways with longtime GM Mike Maccagnan earlier last month, raising a few eyebrows and drawing some unnecessary attention to their front office disputes publicly. While some fans may have taken the firing as a welcomed attempt to save the franchise, all was not lost, and hiring inexperienced Joe Douglas could turn out to be a move the Jets will regret.
While Douglas has certainly to be given the credit of building a successful culture in Philadelphia as VP of Player Personnel, his GM tenure experience remains at zero years to his name. General managers take on the full accountability of winning and losing based on the players they select, and other team operations which will be new to him at a whole new level.
While his plate is now full, he is being expected to take on a troubled franchise in the middle of a harsh rebuild. His now or never Jets have a ton of needs to be put on a guy with not much experience in the department he has taken over.
Douglas has spent a lengthy career with the Ravens. He’s been linked to the Chicago Bears too. It’s rare that a first year GM will have such a high success rate within the first few years of his tenure, making this a bad and desperate move for Gase and his crew. It’s said that the reason Maccagnan was canned was over a dispute involving the controversial signing of running back Le’Veon Bell.
Disputes are normal, however, Maccagnan didn’t do terrible at all drafting the likes of Sam Darnold, Chris Herndon, Jamal Adams, and even notching CJ Mosely and getting Bell without breaking the bank.
All in all, it’s just fair to assume that firing a trusted guy such as Maccagnan in the beginning of the season for a guy much less trusted than him was reckless. That seemed to come about after Gase and Maccagnan had words, not the result of a job poorly done. This gives the Jets a bad look, and it’s only their way of proving they are a true New York Sports team after all.