Joe Douglas‘ Jets staff has begun to take shape. Barely two hours after reporting Phil Savage was Big Apple-bound, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets Ravens executive Chad Alexander will join him on Douglas’ staff.
The Ravens in May named Alexander their assistant director of pro and college personnel. A respected scout, Alexander will serve as Jets director of player personnel, Rapoport notes, representing a significant promotion for the longtime Ravens staffer. Alexander worked with the Ravens for 20 years.
Alexander’s Ravens tenure overlapped with Douglas’, which ran for 15 years to start the 21st century. The two will reunite with the Jets. It is unclear what role Savage will play in New York, but he also has ties to Douglas. Savage’s tenure as Ravens director of college scouting and director of player personnel in the early 2000s came when Douglas and Alexander were on staff.
Both Savage and Alexander were on the radar prior to these moves, joining NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah and ESPN.com’s Todd McShay. While both the well-known TV draft analysts opted to remain in their visible positions, the two former AFC North execs will make the move east in an attempt to help Douglas rebuild the Jets. Bears exec Champ Kelly, who interviewed for the Jets’ GM post, may still be on the radar as well.