With the New York Jets moving on from GM John Idzik, let’s take a quick look at some of the potential top candidates to replace him.
– Eliot Wolf, Director of Pro Personnel, Green Bay Packers
This name will gain traction over the next few weeks because of familial ties to Ron Wolf, who Woody openly said he’s leaning on during this search. Don’t let that cloud you, because there might not be a better candidate. Wolf has been the Director of Pro Personnel for the last 3 years, and has had a hand in building a perennial contender. He has worked with Ted Thompson on adding depth at the skill positions through the draft, and has interned with Green Bay, Atlanta, and Seattle. He is also responsible for scouting college talent during the lead up to the draft.
– Brad Holmes, Director of College Scouting, St. Louis Rams
Want a dark horse candidate? Holmes would be the one to watch. The Rams have been one of the more interesting teams to watch over the last two seasons because they seem to be a QB away from really competing in the difficult NFC West. Part of the reason is because of the work that Holmes and his staff have done in scouting at each position. The haul from the Robert Griffith III trade you know all about, but Holmes has done a good job uncovering late round picks and has got production out of players with character issues like Janoris Jenkins.
– Trent Kirchner, Director of Pro Personnel, Seattle Seahawks
The Jets have already requested permission to interview Kirchner, who is known as John Schneider’s “right hand man” in Seattle when it comes to scouting. He has spent 4 years in Seattle and prior to that spent 8 years as a scout for the Carolina Panthers. He could be a logical person to pair with Dan Quinn, who is interviewing with the Jets on Friday for the Head Coach spot.
– George Paton, Assistant General Manager, Minnesota Vikings
Paton was considered in 2012 for both the Jets and Rams position. The Jets have put in a request to interview him already. He has been in Minnesota since 2007 and prior to that was with the Dolphins and Bears.
– Mike Maccagnan, Director of College Scouting, Houston Texans
Maccagnan is an intriguing candidate. Like Holmes with the Rams, the Texans are a QB away from being the best team in the AFC South. Maccagnan has been able to help Houston build a team that is a few years removed from making it to the Final 8 despite losing their starting quarterback quarterback. Houston is actually one of the deeper teams in the league, and Maccagnan has had a hand in that.
– Duke Tobin, Director of Player Personnel, Cincinnati Bengals
A former Arena Football Quarterback, Tobin might be the best guy to return the Jets to a contender. The Bengals are returning to the playoffs for the 4th straight season, and boast one of the better teams in the NFL yet again. Tobin has yet to be promoted to General Manager by the Bengals, and the Jets could be the benefactors. Tobin and his group of scouts have assembled a very deep collection of talent that has made the Bengals incredibly successful; in fact, the Bengals have drafted so well that their first round pick from last year didn’t even play because of how deep they are at cornerback and Jeremy Hill, a 2nd round pick, was able to step in when another second round pick (Gio Bernard) was hurt.
– Tom Gamble, Vice President of Player Personnel, Philadelphia Eagles
A finalist two years ago who did not want to be saddled with Rex Ryan, Gamble went on to join the Eagles front office and has worked in with Chip Kelly to rebuild the Eagles while remaining competitive. They have won double digit games in back to back years, and have a nucleus of young players at numerous positions that contributed this past season. Out of the 5 candidates listed, he might be the most qualified.