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Listen, despite all of Rex's blunders on the field and off, I like the guy. That being said... he is not Head Coach material. He is a Defensive Coordinator. We need a Head Coach who players fearfully respect. This team needs discipline and work ethic. Talent( which we have very little of) can only take you so far. We need hard workers who know their role and those around them.



I'm sorry, but we need a John Harbaugh type coach. Expects the best from his players and they trust him to make the right decisions in crunch time... something Rex is poor at. Someone who makes half-time adjustments, who schemes around the opponents weakness.



Get me a tough as nails coach who doesn't say a lot, whips guys into shape and has the players RESPECT (not love). Then get a GM who can evaluate talent and knows some scouts who can evaluate talent! Bradway..GONE!


Get me a football guy in the front office. IDZIK...GONE



I'd take Sean Payton if he's gone, Pep Hamilton, Gase or Bevell.



Here's a good article on potential GM Candidates!!

Last season's NFL champion was coached by a man who once was fired by the Jets and later was canned by the Patriots. In the Super Bowl, he beat a coach who was fired by the Panthers. And that coach, to get to the big game, beat another coach who long ago was whacked by the Browns.



The point here? Forever, NFL wisdom has held that coaches can benefit long-term from getting the ax.



So why doesn't that go for general managers, as well?



We briefly addressed the question in this notebook a few weeks back. And in the time since, feedback from league folks has rolled in, flowing right into the time of year when my annual "Future General Managers" list runs.



The fact remains, Washington Redskins GM Bruce Allen is the only man in that position that has held the same title somewhere else, which is striking when you count up the nine NFL head coaches who are in second-chance situations, and even more amazing when you look at retread success stories like Ron Wolf, Ernie Accorsi, Bobby Beathard and Bill Polian.



"All these second-chance head coaches, you always hear, 'Well, they learned so much from the experience,' " one current general manager said. "It's like any other job. The second-chance head coaches -- (John) Fox, (Andy) Reid, (Bill) Belichick -- they are better for the experience. It's like Jay Gruden said, he didn't realize the enormity of the job when he took it. For a GM, you have to manage departments, assess value. It's bizarre to me that you wouldn't want someone with experience."



One NFC executive laid out three reasons for this to us:



1) In the past, there has been less turnover in GM jobs than with coaches.


2) There are fewer young GMs than young head coaches, so fewer go back into the cycle.


3) There's less of a natural progression back after being fired, where coaches can immediately rebuild their reputation as coordinators. (Ken Whisenhunt's arc from 2012 to '14 is a good example.)



The executive then speculated that things could change this year, because two of the above conditions have shifted. The cycle has accelerated -- so fewer GMs are getting second shots at hiring coaches or drafting quarterbacks -- and there are more front-office folks in their late 30s and early 40s. That means the market for a new GM -- and there could be a half-dozen or so teams seeking one in a few weeks -- is more complex than it's been.



So with that in mind, we're presenting our candidates for 2015 in two groups: the second-chancers and the first-timers:



SECOND-CHANCERS



Mark Dominik, ESPN analyst: Was a Buccaneers lifer before being shown the door at the end of last season, so Dominik was part of a championship group early on and built a team that still has young talent. His downfall as GM in Tampa Bay was striking out on his first draft pick -- quarterback Josh Freeman -- which seriously set the franchise back.



Tom Heckert, director of pro personnel, Denver Broncos: Something of a victim of circumstance in Cleveland, Heckert built the foundation for a contending Browns team -- and he sparkled as an evaluator prior to that in Philly. In Denver, the team's success in free agency says plenty about Heckert. He did have a DUI arrest in 2013.





Jeff Ireland, consultant: Last year, CBS Dallas did a study, based on games played and starts, that ranked Miami as the NFL's top drafting team from 2009 to '13. And Ireland drafted Ryan Tannehill between Robert Griffin III and Brandon Weeden during that run. He wasn't perfect, but he was better than you think.



Scot McCloughan, consultant: McCloughan left Trent Baalke and, later, Jim Harbaugh with an incredibly talented team that made three straight NFC title games in San Francisco and was the righthand man to Seahawks GM John Schneider as Seattle became a champion. The Raiders could be a fit here.



Scott Pioli, assistant GM, Atlanta Falcons: Pioli's time in Kansas City carried off-field drama, but the on-field cupboard he left Andy Reid was fairly full. He drafted or re-signed nine Pro Bowl players in K.C. and left the new regime with $20 million in cap space. It wouldn't be shocking if the Jets inquired here.



Mike Tannenbaum, coaching agent: A hard run at a title after consecutive AFC title game appearances left the Jets in a tough spot after his ouster, but he got the team there in the first place and fostered an inclusive environment that people in that building have learned to appreciate in the two years since.



Brian Xanders, senior personnel executive, Detroit Lions: As Broncos GM, Xanders built the roster that lured Peyton Manning, with Demaryius Thomas among the franchise-level talents acquired. And in Detroit, he's spearheaded an effort to modernize the scouting operation and was part of a coaching search.



FIRST-TIMERS



Chris Ballard, director of player personnel, Kansas City Chiefs: Pulled his name out of the Tampa search last year, and he will probably be the first guy on a few lists. Has extensive experience in both college and pro scouting.



Nick Caserio, director of player personnel, New England Patriots: Many took his Dolphins interview in January as a signal that he's ready to seriously consider leaving Foxborough. Instrumental in Belichick's recent Patriot makeover.





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Eric DeCosta, assistant GM, Baltimore Ravens: Not a whole lot needs to be said about DeCosta, who has Ozzie Newsome's job waiting for him. It'd take a gold-standard gig (see: Giants) to pry him from that.



Brian Gaine, director of pro personnel, Houston Texans: Was a candidate for recent openings with the Rams, Jets and Dolphins, and is a trusted voice in the building of the new Bill O'Brien regime.



Tom Gamble, vice president of player personnel, Philadelphia Eagles: Carries a big stick as an evaluator for Chip Kelly and played a major role in the Niners' recent revival. The Jets interviewed him in 2013 and could circle back.



Will McClay, assistant director of player personnel, Dallas Cowboys: McClay has ascended to the top of the personnel department in Dallas. And with the Cowboys' resurgence, he should become a hot name.



Terry McDonough, vice president of player personnel, Arizona Cardinals: Worked for Belichick in Cleveland and Newsome in Baltimore, and the Cardinals' success has restored his rep after some tough years in Jacksonville.



Rick Mueller, director of pro personnel, Philadelphia Eagles: Mueller's work has flown under the radar, but he's a valued voice in Philly. And he played a big role in putting Sean Payton's Saints in position to routinely contend.



Ryan Pace, director of player personnel, New Orleans Saints: You never hear much about Pace -- and that's by design. But he leads the personnel side under GM Mickey Loomis, and has drawn interest in the past.





Jon Robinson, director of player personnel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Robinson spearheaded solid Patriots drafts in 2010, '11 and '12, and joined Tampa in May. Some believe he could eventually land in Houston.



Matt Russell, director of player personnel, Denver Broncos: Widely regarded as one of the NFL's best evaluators of college talent, Russell is a confidant of John Elway on all decisions. Like Heckert, he has a 2013 DUI to explain.



Duke Tobin, director of player personnel, Cincinnati Bengals: Like McClay, Tobin works in an owner-centric model, and has played a substantial role in stocking a very talented roster.



Lionel Vital, director of player personnel, Atlanta Falcons: A Tampa finalist last year, Vital occupies the spot that current GMs Les Snead and David Caldwell once filled. Like McDonough, has a Belichick/Newsome pedigree.



Eliot Wolf, director of pro personnel, Green Bay Packers: Ron Wolf's son would be very young (32) to be a GM, but he is considered a rising star in the business. The success of John Dorsey and Schneider certainly doesn't hurt.





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This article >>>>>>> Korn/Ferry.

 

Amazing what a huge ******* failure that turned out to be. LOL, hire consultants to find you a GM, then limit the potential candidate pool by forcing them to 1.) keep Rex, and 2.) trade Revis.

 

Unreal.

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Mike Tannenbaum, coaching agent: A hard run at a title after consecutive AFC title game appearances left the Jets in a tough spot after his ouster, but he got the team there in the first place and fostered an inclusive environment that people in that building have learned to appreciate in the two years since.

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Well for me it's who we should have got in the first place Tom Gamble.

 

... Totally agree. Its a shame we didn't get Tom Gamble last year. He probably did not wish to keep Rex; as per Woody's instructions. Brian Gaine is a good one also.

 

--Brian Gaine, director of pro personnel, Houston Texans: Was a candidate for recent openings with the Rams, Jets and Dolphins, and is a trusted voice in the building of the new Bill O'Brien regime.

Tom Gamble, vice president of player personnel, Philadelphia Eagles: Carries a big stick as an evaluator for Chip Kelly and played a major role in the Niners' recent revival. The Jets interviewed him in 2013 and could circle back.

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Wolf, DeCosta, or Gamble please.

 

My favorite would be Gamble.   I wonder if they would look at Bill Callahan as HC material.?

 

...www.sbnation.com

On January 18, 2008 Callahan was hired as Assistant Head Coach of the New York Jets. On January 2, 2009 Callahan interviewed for the Head Coach of the New York Jets.

In 2008, three of the offensive linemen (with Bill Callahan as their position coach) from the Jets were named to the Pro Bowl-center Nick Mangold, guard Alan Faneca and tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson. All three repeated in 2009. Under Callahan's direction of the running game the Jets broke the franchise record in 2009 gaining 2756 yards on the ground through 16 regular season games. They led the National Football League in rushing and averaged 4.5-yard per attempt.

For the 2009 season, Peter King named Callahan the assistant coach of the year.[18

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Coach and GM Candidates

Listen, despite all of Rex's blunders on the field and off, I like the guy. That being said... he is not Head Coach material. He is a Defensive Coordinator. We need a Head Coach who players fearfully respect. This team needs discipline and work ethic. Talent( which we have very little of) can only take you so far. We need hard workers who know their role and those around them.

I'm sorry, but we need a John Harbaugh type coach. Expects the best from his players and they trust him to make the right decisions in crunch time... something Rex is poor at. Someone who makes half-time adjustments, who schemes around the opponents weakness.

Get me a tough as nails coach who doesn't say a lot, whips guys into shape and has the players RESPECT (not love). Then get a GM who can evaluate talent and knows some scouts who can evaluate talent! Bradway..GONE!

Get me a football guy in the front office. IDZIK...GONE

I'd take Sean Payton if he's gone, Pep Hamilton, Gase or Bevell.

Here's a good article on potential GM Candidates!!

Last season's NFL champion was coached by a man who once was fired by the Jets and later was canned by the Patriots. In the Super Bowl, he beat a coach who was fired by the Panthers. And that coach, to get to the big game, beat another coach who long ago was whacked by the Browns.

The point here? Forever, NFL wisdom has held that coaches can benefit long-term from getting the ax.

So why doesn't that go for general managers, as well?

We briefly addressed the question in this notebook a few weeks back. And in the time since, feedback from league folks has rolled in, flowing right into the time of year when my annual "Future General Managers" list runs.

The fact remains, Washington Redskins GM Bruce Allen is the only man in that position that has held the same title somewhere else, which is striking when you count up the nine NFL head coaches who are in second-chance situations, and even more amazing when you look at retread success stories like Ron Wolf, Ernie Accorsi, Bobby Beathard and Bill Polian.

"All these second-chance head coaches, you always hear, 'Well, they learned so much from the experience,' " one current general manager said. "It's like any other job. The second-chance head coaches -- (John) Fox, (Andy) Reid, (Bill) Belichick -- they are better for the experience. It's like Jay Gruden said, he didn't realize the enormity of the job when he took it. For a GM, you have to manage departments, assess value. It's bizarre to me that you wouldn't want someone with experience."

One NFC executive laid out three reasons for this to us:

1) In the past, there has been less turnover in GM jobs than with coaches.

2) There are fewer young GMs than young head coaches, so fewer go back into the cycle.

3) There's less of a natural progression back after being fired, where coaches can immediately rebuild their reputation as coordinators. (Ken Whisenhunt's arc from 2012 to '14 is a good example.)

The executive then speculated that things could change this year, because two of the above conditions have shifted. The cycle has accelerated -- so fewer GMs are getting second shots at hiring coaches or drafting quarterbacks -- and there are more front-office folks in their late 30s and early 40s. That means the market for a new GM -- and there could be a half-dozen or so teams seeking one in a few weeks -- is more complex than it's been.

So with that in mind, we're presenting our candidates for 2015 in two groups: the second-chancers and the first-timers:

SECOND-CHANCERS

Mark Dominik, ESPN analyst: Was a Buccaneers lifer before being shown the door at the end of last season, so Dominik was part of a championship group early on and built a team that still has young talent. His downfall as GM in Tampa Bay was striking out on his first draft pick -- quarterback Josh Freeman -- which seriously set the franchise back.

Tom Heckert, director of pro personnel, Denver Broncos: Something of a victim of circumstance in Cleveland, Heckert built the foundation for a contending Browns team -- and he sparkled as an evaluator prior to that in Philly. In Denver, the team's success in free agency says plenty about Heckert. He did have a DUI arrest in 2013.

Jeff Ireland, consultant: Last year, CBS Dallas did a study, based on games played and starts, that ranked Miami as the NFL's top drafting team from 2009 to '13. And Ireland drafted Ryan Tannehill between Robert Griffin III and Brandon Weeden during that run. He wasn't perfect, but he was better than you think.

Scot McCloughan, consultant: McCloughan left Trent Baalke and, later, Jim Harbaugh with an incredibly talented team that made three straight NFC title games in San Francisco and was the righthand man to Seahawks GM John Schneider as Seattle became a champion. The Raiders could be a fit here.

Scott Pioli, assistant GM, Atlanta Falcons: Pioli's time in Kansas City carried off-field drama, but the on-field cupboard he left Andy Reid was fairly full. He drafted or re-signed nine Pro Bowl players in K.C. and left the new regime with $20 million in cap space. It wouldn't be shocking if the Jets inquired here.

Mike Tannenbaum, coaching agent: A hard run at a title after consecutive AFC title game appearances left the Jets in a tough spot after his ouster, but he got the team there in the first place and fostered an inclusive environment that people in that building have learned to appreciate in the two years since.

Brian Xanders, senior personnel executive, Detroit Lions: As Broncos GM, Xanders built the roster that lured Peyton Manning, with Demaryius Thomas among the franchise-level talents acquired. And in Detroit, he's spearheaded an effort to modernize the scouting operation and was part of a coaching search.

FIRST-TIMERS

Chris Ballard, director of player personnel, Kansas City Chiefs: Pulled his name out of the Tampa search last year, and he will probably be the first guy on a few lists. Has extensive experience in both college and pro scouting.

Nick Caserio, director of player personnel, New England Patriots: Many took his Dolphins interview in January as a signal that he's ready to seriously consider leaving Foxborough. Instrumental in Belichick's recent Patriot makeover.

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Eric DeCosta, assistant GM, Baltimore Ravens: Not a whole lot needs to be said about DeCosta, who has Ozzie Newsome's job waiting for him. It'd take a gold-standard gig (see: Giants) to pry him from that.

Brian Gaine, director of pro personnel, Houston Texans: Was a candidate for recent openings with the Rams, Jets and Dolphins, and is a trusted voice in the building of the new Bill O'Brien regime.

Tom Gamble, vice president of player personnel, Philadelphia Eagles: Carries a big stick as an evaluator for Chip Kelly and played a major role in the Niners' recent revival. The Jets interviewed him in 2013 and could circle back.

Will McClay, assistant director of player personnel, Dallas Cowboys: McClay has ascended to the top of the personnel department in Dallas. And with the Cowboys' resurgence, he should become a hot name.

Terry McDonough, vice president of player personnel, Arizona Cardinals: Worked for Belichick in Cleveland and Newsome in Baltimore, and the Cardinals' success has restored his rep after some tough years in Jacksonville.

Rick Mueller, director of pro personnel, Philadelphia Eagles: Mueller's work has flown under the radar, but he's a valued voice in Philly. And he played a big role in putting Sean Payton's Saints in position to routinely contend.

Ryan Pace, director of player personnel, New Orleans Saints: You never hear much about Pace -- and that's by design. But he leads the personnel side under GM Mickey Loomis, and has drawn interest in the past.

Jon Robinson, director of player personnel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Robinson spearheaded solid Patriots drafts in 2010, '11 and '12, and joined Tampa in May. Some believe he could eventually land in Houston.

Matt Russell, director of player personnel, Denver Broncos: Widely regarded as one of the NFL's best evaluators of college talent, Russell is a confidant of John Elway on all decisions. Like Heckert, he has a 2013 DUI to explain.

Duke Tobin, director of player personnel, Cincinnati Bengals: Like McClay, Tobin works in an owner-centric model, and has played a substantial role in stocking a very talented roster.

Lionel Vital, director of player personnel, Atlanta Falcons: A Tampa finalist last year, Vital occupies the spot that current GMs Les Snead and David Caldwell once filled. Like McDonough, has a Belichick/Newsome pedigree.

Eliot Wolf, director of pro personnel, Green Bay Packers: Ron Wolf's son would be very young (32) to be a GM, but he is considered a rising star in the business. The success of John Dorsey and Schneider certainly doesn't hurt.

 

 

 

If you are cleaning house, get a GM I can trust and then I let him pick the coach.  I do not even think about it.

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... Totally agree. Its a shame we didn't get Tom Gamble last year. He probably did not wish to keep Rex; as per Woody's instructions. Brian Gaine is a good one also.

 

--Brian Gaine, director of pro personnel, Houston Texans: Was a candidate for recent openings with the Rams, Jets and Dolphins, and is a trusted voice in the building of the new Bill O'Brien regime.

Tom Gamble, vice president of player personnel, Philadelphia Eagles: Carries a big stick as an evaluator for Chip Kelly and played a major role in the Niners' recent revival. The Jets interviewed him in 2013 and could circle back.

Gamble had one interview with the team about five days after Woody Johnson announced that Tannenbaum was fired, but that Rex would remain as head coach. Other candidates passed on interviewing with the Jets, but not Gamble, who has a positive history with the Ryans.

Shortly after the interview with the Jets, Gamble passed on an interview with another team (Jax?) to "focus on the Jets job." The Jets, however, cooled on the candidate after the interview, and started looking in other directions. Word later on was that Gamble interviewed poorly, and demonstrated little working knowledge of the salary cap. Gamble did interview for other GM openings, but was passed over for every one. The 49ers let him walk, and he wound up taking a lateral position with the Eagles.

Today, he's generally only being looked at because of his Harbaugh ties.

When the author of Tom Gamble Fan Fiction negative reps this post and counters it with a dream he had, ask him to provide links to back it up. It's fun, because he never does.

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McCloughan would be the guy I target. Also if the Jets passed on Gamble because of cap expertise that is super lame as that function is easily supported by a cap guy and one could make the argument that separating those responsibilities has some big advantages

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McCloughan would be the guy I target. Also if the Jets passed on Gamble because of cap expertise that is super lame as that function is easily supported by a cap guy and one could make the argument that separating those responsibilities has some big advantages

I agree with you there, but it is possible. The two finalists for the Jets job were Idzik and Omar Khan, the Steelers' cap guy. It looks like either Korn-Ferry or Woody put an emphasis on the business side of the job over the personnel side. Which is dumb.

But remember, too, that Gamble was passed over for every GM vacancy two years ago. Something's up with him.

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Jeff Ireland, consultant: Last year, CBS Dallas did a study, based on games played and starts, that ranked Miami as the NFL's top drafting team from 2009 to '13. And Ireland drafted Ryan Tannehill between Robert Griffin III and Brandon Weeden during that run. He wasn't perfect, but he was better than you think.

 

 

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Gamble had one interview with the team about five days after Woody Johnson announced that Tannenbaum was fired, but that Rex would remain as head coach. Other candidates passed on interviewing with the Jets, but not Gamble, who has a positive history with the Ryans.

Shortly after the interview with the Jets, Gamble passed on an interview with another team (Jax?) to "focus on the Jets job." The Jets, however, cooled on the candidate after the interview, and started looking in other directions. Word later on was that Gamble interviewed poorly, and demonstrated little working knowledge of the salary cap. Gamble did interview for other GM openings, but was passed over for every one. The 49ers let him walk, and he wound up taking a lateral position with the Eagles.

Today, he's generally only being looked at because of his Harbaugh ties.

When the author of Tom Gamble Fan Fiction negative reps this post and counters it with a dream he had, ask him to provide links to back it up. It's fun, because he never does.

 

 

LOL! Like clockwork, slats shows up whenever Gamble's name is mentioned anywhere on this forum, to promulgate the fiction that it was the Jets who turned down Gamble, and not the other way around!  :rl:

 

Gamble isn't the Jets GM for 2 reasons - Rex Ryan, and Terry Bradway; Gamble wanted no part of either one, but their retention was a non-negotiable condition for hire. Thus the reason we have John Idzik.

 

Slats can repeat the lie ad nauseam all he wants, follow and neg rep my every post as a retaliatory measure for exposing his lies, but it doesn't make his lies any more true.

 

 

 

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LOL! Like clockwork, slats shows up whenever Gamble's name is mentioned anywhere on this forum, to promulgate the fiction that it was the Jets who turned down Gamble, and not the other way around!  :rl:

 

Gamble isn't the Jets GM for 2 reasons - Rex Ryan, and Terry Bradway; Gamble wanted no part of either one, but their retention was a non-negotiable condition for hire. Thus the reason we have John Idzik.

 

Slats can repeat the lie ad nauseam all he wants, follow and neg rep my every post as a retaliatory measure for exposing his lies, but it doesn't make his lies any more true.

 

 

 

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As predicted, no links to support the Tom Gamble Fan Fiction that we've all come to enjoy so much. And there never will be.

Tom Gamble cancelled his interview with the Jaguars to focus on the Jets job, because after interviewing he wanted no part of the conditions Woody laid out a week before the interview. LOL!

Link? Sure! http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2013/01/jets_gm_search_tom_gamble_canc.html

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Scott Pioli, assistant GM, Atlanta Falcons: Pioli's time in Kansas City carried off-field drama, but the on-field cupboard he left Andy Reid was fairly full. He drafted or re-signed nine Pro Bowl players in K.C. and left the new regime with $20 million in cap space. It wouldn't be shocking if the Jets inquired here.

 

Pioli has Jets connections going back to Mangini days. He is a good talent evaluator and would be a welcome addition.

 

 

Eric DeCosta, assistant GM, Baltimore Ravens: Not a whole lot needs to be said about DeCosta, who has Ozzie Newsome's job waiting for him. It'd take a gold-standard gig (see: Giants) to pry him from that.

Anyone associated with Baltimore and Ozzie Newsome has learned a thing or two. Great hire.

No going back on Tannenbaum - too much ego and he reaches for players beyond where they should be drafted. Vlad Ducasse, Stephen Hill and Kyle Wilson are good examples of this.

 

 

Nick Caserio, director of player personnel, New England Patriots: Many took his Dolphins interview in January as a signal that he's ready to seriously consider leaving Foxborough. Instrumental in Belichick's recent Patriot makeover.

Young guy with good pedigree. 

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I too would like to see Scott Pioli get the Jets GM job.  His previous stint with the Jets under Mangini should give him the necessary experience to deal with the sharks in the New York media. My two choices for HC of the Jets are Jimbo Fisher HC of FSU or Dave Toub Special Teams coach for the KC Chiefs.  I believe these two coaches are going to be really good in the NFL one day real soon....JMO

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The hot names

Chris Ballard, Chiefs director of player personnel: No one’s name comes up more than Ballard’s when you ask people about talent evaluators. Tampa Bay was interested in him last year.

Nick Caserio, Patriots director of player personnel: Some question whether he would leave New England to go to the rival Jets. But he interviewed with the Dolphins last year before turning down their offer.

Lake Dawson, Titans VP of player personnel: He has been a candidate for several jobs and actually turned the Dolphins GM job last year, reportedly because Miami would not give him full control.

Ryan Pace, Saints director of player personnel: The Saints denied the Dolphins permission to interview Pace last year for their GM opening. Saints GM Mickey Loomis called Pace “our secret.”

Duke Tobin, Bengals director of player personnel: The Bengals have assembled a very talented roster that is heading to the playoffs again. Tobin played a big role in that.

Worth another look

Before hiring Idzik, the Jets talked to a number of candidates. Here are a few that the Jets could revisit this time:

Eric DeCosta, Ravens assistant GM: He was one of the first calls the Jets made in 2013, but he passed on even interviewing. He is the heir apparent to Ozzie Newsome in Baltimore and seems content to wait.

Brian Gaine, Texans director of pro personnel: A former Jets player and scout, Gaine is from Rockland County and this would be a homecoming job for him. A Bill Parcells disciple, Gaine was a finalist for the Dolphins job last year.

Tom Gamble, Eagles VP of player personnel: Gamble was one of the first candidates interviewed in 2013. He played a role in the 49ers’ turnaround and is now finding players for Chip Kelly. Many believe he will join Jim Harbaugh if Harbaugh takes an NFL coaching job.

Tom Heckert, Broncos director of pro personnel: Former Browns GM took his name out of the running with the Jets in 2013 because he wanted to hire his own coach. Has been John Elway’s right-hand man in Denver. Must answer questions about a 2013 DUI arrest.

Omar Khan, Steelers director of football administration: The runner-up to Idzik in 2013, the 37-year-old also interviewed in Miami last year. Khan is Pittsburgh’s chief contract negotiator. The Jets might want to avoid hiring someone without a personnel background after the Idzik experience.

Former GMs

For some reason general managers rarely get second chances in the NFL. Here are a few that

Mark Dominik, ESPN analyst: The former Buccaneers GM missed on a first-round quarterback in Josh Freeman and hired Greg Schiano as coach, two moves he could not overcome.

Scot McCloughlan, personnel consultant: As 49ers GM, he laid a foundation for the team’s recent success. He went to the Seahawks in 2010 and played a huge role in building their roster. Seen as one of the best talent evaluators in the sport, but he has battled a drinking problem.

Scott Pioli, Falcons assistant GM: The former Chiefs GM is a New York native who worked for the Jets under Bill Parcells, his father-in-law. His time in Kansas City was marked by off-field drama and paranoia in the building, but he left a solid roster behind.

Wild cards

Another few intriguing names:

Mike Maccagnan, Texans director of college scouting: When Casserly’s name surfaced this week, one source told me to keep an eye on Maccagnan, a Casserly favorite.

Eliot Wolf, Packers director of pro personnel: Ron Wolf could end up being a consultant for the Jets, too. Would he recommend his son? Eliot is only 32, which might frighten the Jets, but the Packers front office has turned out good GMs in John Schneider and John Dorsey.

Johnson surely will have more names than even these to consider. There are plenty of good candidates. It’s up to Johnson to figure out which is the right one to get the Jets back on

http://nypost.com/2014/12/25/15-names-to-watch-for-jets-gm/

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http://nypost.com/2014/12/25/15-names-to-watch-for-jets-gm/

Scot McCloughlan, personnel consultant: As 49ers GM, he laid a foundation for the team’s recent success. He went to the Seahawks in 2010 and played a huge role in building their roster. Seen as one of the best talent evaluators in the sport, but he has battled a drinking problem

Perfect Jets candidate or most perfect Jets candidate?

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