The New York Jets have landed an interview with Joe Douglas, who is thought to be the favorite to land the job.
The New York Jets‘ search for a new general manager has taken a major step as they look to replace Mike Maccagnan. The team has landed an interview with the Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) May 29, 2019
Douglas is thought to be a frontrunner for the general manager job due to his relationship with Adam Gase and the strong state of the Eagles roster. He is thought of as the right-hand man to general manager Howie Roseman.
He’s been with the Eagles since 2016, when he was hired weeks after the team drafted Carson Wentz. The Jets would no doubt love to see him have the same effect on their roster with quarterback Sam Darnold in place.
He worked with Roseman to build a team around Wentz that went to the Super Bowl and defeated the New England Patriots. It was during his tenure that the team re-signed backup quarterback Nick Foles, who won the Super Bowl MVP Award after Wentz missed the playoffs with an injury.
He spent 2015 with the Chicago Bears as the director of college scouting, where he crossed paths with Jets coach Adam Gase, who was the offensive coordinator in Chicago. He worked as a scout and player personnel assistant with the Baltimore Ravens for 16 years prior to his Bears tenure.
During his time in Baltimore the team was frequently competitive, and drafted players like Joe Flacco, Marshal Yanda, and Jets free agent addition C.J. Mosley. Douglas overlapped with former Jets coach Rex Ryan, who was a position coach and defensive coordinator with the club from 1999-2008.
Landing an interview with Douglas is big for the team. It has been speculated that the team’s power structure might scare him off. He would no doubt demand full control of the 53-man roster in order to leave Philly.
Should the Jets agree to that, they could land a guy who is quite possibly the biggest name available to take over as general manager.