As many of you have heard, the Jets have been granted permission to talk to San Francisco’s Personnel Executive Tom Gamble for their open General Manager position. Gamble has been in the NFL for 24 years. He’s regarded as one of the best talent evaluators in all of the NFL. He’s been directly responsible for assisting San Francisco’s GM Trent Baalke for the past two years drafting guys like Kyle Williams, Kendall Hunter, Mike Iupati and Aldon Smith. Together they managed to lock up LB core of Navorro Bowman and Patrick Willis and Vernon Davis.
According to Albert Breer of the NFL.com, Bill Polian personally endorsed Gamble as a great fit for the New York Jets:
49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble turned down chance for 2nd interview w/ Jaguars to concentrate on trying to land Jets GM job.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 5, 2013
Bigcatcountry.com, has stated that if Gamble gets a GM job this year, he wants to bring 44 year old Jim Tomsula with him to be the Head Coach. Tomsula is the currently the 49ers defensive line coach. He has also been the head coach one game when Mike Singletary was suspended (and won the game). He has been a defensive coordinator overseas and Gamble believes he has a future as a Head Coach in the NFL.
This could go one of two ways for the New York Jets:
1. The Jets bring in Gamble and tell him to bring Tomsula to take over as Defensive Coordinator this year, giving Rex Ryan a year to turn this around. At the end of the 2013 season, they will evaluate Ryan again and make a decision. If he gets fired Tomsula will be promoted to Head Coach.
2. Woody Johnson tells Gamble that once he gets the job the Head Coaching position is up to him to decide. Gamble’s first move could be firing Ryan, Sparano and other coaches and bring Tomsula in for the 2013 season as the Head Coach. That won’t go over well with some fans, but it may be the best way if the Jets are looking to completely overhaul and rebuild.
As a fan and writer for JetNation.com, I love having Rex Ryan as a part of this organization. His energy, passion and love for the game have made him a coach that players love to play for. He instills a level of confidence in each individual player that makes them feel a sense of pride and they respect him for that. However, if the new GM is looking to start from scratch Rex may be the first of many moves he makes. Then again, he may want to keep Rex around for a year and then evaluate him.
It’s going to be a whirlwind week/weekend of interviews, but if Gamble gets the job, the Jets are already taking a step in the right direction to turn this organization around.