While the Jets have left open the opportunity to expand to a wider pool if necessary, ESPN NY reported last night that there were no additional candidates currently on the horizon for the Jets.
So ... at this point, the Jets have fulfilled their Rooney Rule requirements and there's nothing from keeping them making an announcement if they have decided. Rex Ryan and Woody Johnson are set to hold a final press conference for the 2012 season Tuesday at the facility in Florham Park and Tom Gamble is reported to have an interview today in San Diego with the Chargers. The press conference poses a unique impediment for the Jets as they seek to hire and announce a new GM, but I don't have any insight into whether or not they will make a last minute change tomorrow.
So when? When will we get to slip the surly bonds of this general manager search?
I don't have that answer but believe it will come soon. The Jets have proven in the past to get their man despite them leaving town. Bart Scott, LaDainian Tomlinson and LaRon Landry all come to mind as players who left the building without a signed contract but who ended up here all the same. I think this will prove out again with Tom Gamble.
I know it's dragging out, and I know my report came out way before the Jets will officially name Gamble, but I have no reason to doubt my initial report. Hang tight, I expect we'll know soon enough.