With all the talk of NFL playoffs, stubborn mules, and anticipation for tomorrow's long-awaited "all the questions are gonna be about tattoos, aren't they?" end-of-season press conference with Rex Ryan, it can be easy to forget that the Jets still don't have a general manager. They have a coach, they have an owner, they have a quarterback (sigh), but they don't have someone in charge. They're still looking.
The general consensus was that the Jets wanted, and would get, Tom Gamble, player of personnel for the San Francisco 49ers. But now he's interviewing with the San Diego Chargers tomorrow, likely just an hour or so after the Press Conference to End All Press Conferences. If anything in the world would make us not want to work for the New York Jets, it would be watching that jackals-with-prey press conference.
Gamble is considered among many to be the top candidate available, but ESPN New York's Rich Cimini says the Jets are "focused on another candidate." Though he doesn't actually know who that is.
In the meantime, the Jets are said to be focused on another candidate. It's not clear if that person is Falcons director of player personnel Dave Caldwell, whom they interviewed Friday, or the two candidates slated to meet Monday with team officials -- Jets assistant GM Scott Cohen and Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross. Caldwell reportedly is a leading candidate for the Jaguars' GM vacancy. Unless there's a mystery candidate, the Jets must interview Ross to satisfy the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate.
Owner Woody Johnson is expected to be at the center of all this, and all new GMs are already aware that Rex Ryan's gonna be their coach no matter what for the next year, at least. They get Mark Sanchez, too. The Jets are saying this GM search is going to take a while. Yeah, we can see why that might be.