Report: Jets Request To Interview Joe Douglas And Champ Kelly For GM Job

May 24, 2019 - 3:36 pm
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By WFAN.com

Mike Maccagnan is out as the Jets general manager, and now the team is after a replacement.

The search for a new GM is being undertaken by Christopher Johnson and Adam Gase. Johnson fired Maccagnan after mixed results on the field over the years, but also after Maccagnan led the team through a draft and a busy free agency period.

Johnson and Gase seem to be narrowing in on their top choices for the job. According to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, New York has reached out to Eagles VP of Player Personnel Joe Douglas and Bears Assistant Director of Player Personnel Champ Kelly to interview for the position.

Gase will be familiar with both candidates, as he has coached with both of them during his NFL career. Douglas and Gase worked together in 2015 when Gase was Chicago’s offensive coordinator. Kelly was also on staff for that Bears team, and he worked with the Jets coach when they were both in Denver from 2013-2014.

Douglas joined the Eagles in 2016 and the Eagles won a Super Bowl in the 2017 season. Prior to working with the Bears, Douglas worked in the Ravens' personnel department from 2000-2015.

Whoever the new hire is, they’ll work closely with Gase to manage the roster well and justify the peculiar timing for a change at general manager. There's quite a bit of time before the season starts, but most of the key decisions of the offseason have already been made.