Jets’ Adam Gase should have hand in GM search
The Jets’ training center in Florham Park has a very clear division in it. The first floor has the Canada Goose Parka coaches’ offices. canada goose outlet sale The second floor houses the front office.
For too long, those two floors have felt like two different planets.
The Jets have not felt like a fully united front since 2012, when Mike Tannenbaum was the general manager and Rex Ryan was the head coach. After a 6 10 season that year, Woody Johnson fired Tannenbaum and kept Ryan. He hired John cheap canada goose Idzik, and the Jets have struggled to find unity since.
That is why Adam Gase should be allowed to have a major hand in selecting the Jets’ new general manager. I know it makes no sense based on his rsum to give him this much power. What canada goose outlet canada has he done to earn that kind of responsibility?
I get it. It is a fair question. Gase went 23 26 with the Dolphins, making the playoffs once. He has done nothing with the Jets yet.
But the Jets have to fix the relationship between GM and head coach. They must select someone who has a history with Gase, who views football the same way Gase does and will do more than just coexist with the head coach, but will be a true partner. Once they fired Mike Maccagnan on Wednesday, they left themselves with no choice but to let Gase lead the way.
The head coach/GM relationship is like a marriage, and it is the most important one in any football organization. When they don’t get along, it is like your parents are fighting, and it canada goose outlet in usa seeps into every nook and cranny of the football operation.
I can remember canada goose uk outlet when the Jets fired Tannenbaum thinking Ryan should have nothing canada goose jacket outlet to do with hiring the next canada goose outlet reviews GM. Giving him that power would be backwards, I thought. The GM hires the coach, not the other way around. The Jets followed that plan and had a search firm hire Idzik with little input from cheap canada goose Ryan.
Then I watched two years of the dysfunctional relationship between Ryan and Idzik, which ended with more battles than a season of of Thrones. The two had no history together and never truly clicked. They were not at each other’s throats like Ryan and Idzik, but they also did not function well together. One person told me it was not that Bowles and Maccagnan had a bad relationship. canada goose outlet online uk They simply had no relationship.
So Bowles was fired in December, and Maccagnan was allowed to hire his guy. He picked Gase after a thorough search, but the two canada goose outlet new york city men had no history, and people inside the Jets quickly discovered canada goose factory outlet these were two very different people.
Gase is the alpha male. He sees football as a bloodsport. Maccagnan is reserved. He sees football as canada goose coats on sale a chess match. Gase’s intensity is like the biggest, baddest roller coaster in the amusement park. Maccagnan is more like the tea cups.
Jets CEO Christopher Johnson saw this over the last few months and realized the mesh between the positions he desperately wanted was not happening. Johnson has been wowed by Gase’s leadership style and now wants to canada goose uk shop find him the proper partner.
This is not to say Gase should be permitted https://www.georg-godorr.de to hire canada goose Canada Goose Jackets outlet shop his college roommate. Any prospective GMs should go through a thorough interview process with Johnson and others from the organization. But a prerequisite should be someone Gase will work well with, canada goose uk black friday someone Gase knows.
Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas is considered the front runner because he worked with Gase in 2015 with the Bears. Douglas is widely respected around the league and would check all the boxes. Other candidates who have been mentioned because of their history with Gase are: 49ers VP of player personnel Adam Peters, Lions director of player personnel Lance Newmark and Bears assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly.
The Jets should start official canada goose outlet interviewing GM candidates soon. Johnson said Wednesday this will be about more than talent evaluation, and he wants a “strategic thinker.” He also should be looking for someone who will click with Gase.
The first and second floors of the Jets’ headquarters have been separated by more than a staircase for too long. If the Jets are going to get to uk canada goose outlet where they want to go, they need canada goose outlet canada goose coats uk a head coach/GM partnership that can finally close that divide.