Jets Request Interviews With Douglas, Kelly

The Jets have requested interviews with Eagles executive Joe Douglas and Bears assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly for their GM vacancy, according to Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter). Douglas was immediately connected to the Jets job after Maccagnan’s firing and Kelly name emerged hours later.

[RELATED: Jets Won’t Try To Trade Le’Veon Bell]

Kelly has history with head coach Adam Gase dating back to their time with Denver. For the last two seasons, he’s served as a top official with the Bears. Kelly was one of the Fritz Pollard Alliance’s recommended GM candidates this offseason, but did not get an interview in the thick of the cycle.

Douglas, meanwhile, is said to be Gase’s top choice for the role. Still, Douglas is expected to be choosy when it comes to his next opportunity and many in the football world are questioning the Jets’ power structure given the timing and nature of Maccagnan’s firing.

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  1. metnoxious

    What is this CNN? Not one person in the Jets organization said they were thinking of trading Bell. Then Gase gets asked if they’re reading Bell. He laughs and says no. Headline: Jets not trading Bell. Jets hadn’t requested interviews until today. But it’s already suspected they will leave a tough time getting a GM. Here’s a three year contact for 10 mil. Oh ok we understand you’ll stick around your job at $400,000 so you can find the perfect job. Yeah right. Unless you know that you’re getting the GM job where you are you don’t turn down coin.

  2. Steven Juris

    Chris Ballard turned down many opportunities before taking the Colts job same with Pace in Chicago. People don’t want to join franchises which are poorly run like the Jets for instance. If your going to fire your GM and coach in the same offseason, you usually hire the GM first that way he can have the coach that he wants. Not the one that the previous GM hired on his way out.

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