Jets Unveil Joe Douglas As New General Manager

Alex Greenberg
June 11, 2019 - 3:55 pm
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Joe Douglas comes to the Jets with a Super Bowl pedigree.

Douglas was officially unveiled Tuesday as New York’s new general manager. He joins after having spent the last three years as the vice president of player personnel in Philadelphia, where he helped assemble a roster that won it all back in 2017.

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Douglas spoke to the press about his desire to get the Jets to a Championship level, and he spoke about how his previous relationship with Adam Gase will help the connection between the two in New York.

“My first steps and priorities here are going to simply be to engage and connect with the entire organization,” said Douglas. “I’m excited to be working with Adam again after building a special bond in Chicago. We share a vision of building a team, and I look forward to partnering with him and getting this program to a place where we are consistently competing for championships each and every year.”

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Douglas and Gase worked together for one season with the Bears. Before that, Douglas was with the Ravens for 15 years, including 13 years as a scout.

Gase certainly played a role in Mike Maccagnan’s surprise dismissal as general manager in May. The two reportedly didn’t always get along, but now Gase has brought in his own man to work in the Jets front office.

Douglas also talked about the type of players and personnel he would look to add to the Jets.

“My goal is to serve as the steward of this franchise. The Jets have been here long before me, they're going to be here long after me. We’re going to find passionate people that love the game of football, that hate losing more than they love winning. They’ll love to prepare. They’ll love to practice. They’ll love to compete, players that are football smart, they’re strategic thinkers, they’re not going to beat themselves.”

The timing of Douglas appointment is challenging, as the draft has already happened and the team has already engaged in a free agent spending spree. Douglas was asked just how much of an impact he felt he could have on the 2019 Jets.

“The hunt never stops for players. We have the No. 3 claim in the waiver order. We’re going to use that to our advantage … there’s a lot of different avenues to improving your roster.”