The New York Jets plan to name a new general manager by Thursday, according to league sources, with finalists wrapping up their interviews on Wednesday.
The Jets have identified at least three finalists for the opening and have already conducted second interviews with at least two candidates.
I think I speak for most when I say that an announcement tomorrow would be a great sigh of relief though I can respect the steps the Jets have taken to make sure they find the right candidate for the job, one who they think will set this team on course in the right direction and who they know wants the job and the challenges they will inherit with it. The fact that the Jets have also been able to keep the media in the dark is nothing short of a miracle after all the leaks that have piled up over the course of the last two years. Just the other day CBS reported the Jets were interviewing Russ Ball while ESPN refuted the report. And how about Brian Gaine? Remember him? After the multitude of complaints about him, he's not even showing up as a reported finalist. In the age of Twitter, we're in the dark and it's probably for the best.
There's continued speculation that the team has no idea what they're doing, especially in regards to the named candidates, but, I think we need to step back a bit and look at the bigger picture. They're doing their due diligence. You don't just hire an agency to assist you in your search only to have them do a half-assed job and give you Joe Schmo off the street after a two day search. I'll be the first to admit to you that the wait has been tedious but in all honesty I'd rather have them get it right the first time instead firing the poor guy a year later.