Nearly three weeks after Mike Maccagnan was fired, the Jets are closing in on a new general manager after extensive interviews with four candidates. Gang Green interviewed Seattle executive Scott Fitterer, Philly’s Joe Douglas, Saints’ Terry Fontenot and Bears personnel man Champ Kelly over the past several days with the hope of finding a partner for Gase moving forward.
“We went through some interviews this weekend,” Adam Gase said Tuesday at the start of the team’s three-day minicamp. “Those guys did a great job. It was a great process that we’ve gone through so far. We’ll just keep huddling up and figuring out where we’re at with that until Christopher is ready to make a decision. Then once that happens, you guys will obvious know about that quickly.”
Douglas, who helped put together the Eagles’ Super Bowl champion two years ago, is Gase’s top choice. Johnson, Gase and general counsel Hymie Elhai conducted the interviews.
“Christopher is going to make the decision,” Gase said. “With respect to that whole process, that’s as far as I’m going to go with it.”
Gase sidestepped whether the Jets would bring in more candidates. Vikings executive George Paton has already declined an interview.
“We’ll kind of see moving forward,” Gase said about the possibility of bringing in more people. “That’s hard for me to say right now.”
The Jets will hold their three-day mandatory minicamp before one final week of voluntary OTA sessions next week. Gase was optimistic that a new general manager will be in place before the league-wide month-long hiatus before the start of training camp in mid-late July.
“I hope so, because it would be nice to kind of do that,” Gase said of hiring a GM in the next two weeks. “But at the end of the day… however long it takes us to get the right guy, that’s what we’re going to do.”