By Ryan Alfieri, Editor
Now that Mike Tannenbaum has officially been fired, the Jets now focus their attention to finding a new GM to fix the current mess of a roster they have.
Woody Johnson has hired Jed Hughes’ search firm to find the right guy. So far, they have requested to interview the following candidates (via ESPN): 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble, Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and Falcons director of player personnel Dave Caldwell. They have will also interview Scott Cohen, the Jets assistant GM.
Here is a background of each candidate and how they fit with the Jets:
Tom Gamble: Gamble has been sought after by several teams this offseason looking for GMs and figures to land at least one job. Not only have the 49ers have had great success receently, they are one of the most well-rounded teams in the NFL.
Source on Gamble, #Jaguars GM candidate: “Straight shooter. No nonsense. Knows the game and is a tough grader, which is good. Grinder.”
— Ryan O’Halloran (@ryanohalloran) January 1, 2013
Some blunt, honest self-assessment is just what the Jets need.
Dave Caldwell: Spent 10 years as a Colts scout, so unlike Tannenbaum, Caldwell is a football man through and through. He is a fast riser that will likely get many looks as well for a GM job.
Mark Ross: Jerry Reese’s right-hand man with two Super Bowl rings, Ross at last would not have to re-locate very far with a move to the Jets. It would be unusual for the Jets to take pieces from the Giants organization, however.
Scott Cohen: Formerly of the Eagles, Cohen is the most qualified in-house candidate. Hiring him would be great news for Rex Ryan, as an outside GM may not want to keep Ryan.
Joey Clinkscales: Currently with the Raiders on Reggie McKenzie’s staff, Clinkscales spent 17 years on the Jets staff, most recently as VP of College Scouting. Clinkscales know the organization and would virtually be an in-house hire.