As the New York Jets get set to begin general manager interviews today, a new name could be added to the mix.
With the Kansas City Chiefs firing GM Scott Pioli, he could be another candidate for the vacant Jets’ GM job, should the Jets decide to interview the ex-New England Patriots executive who ran the Chiefs the last four years.
Pioli ran the Patriots alongside Bill Belichick from 2000 to 2008, winning three Super Bowl titles and assembling the vaunted 2007 Patriots team that finished the regular season 16-0 and fell one game short of a perfect season.
Despite full control of the Chiefs, Pioli was never able to find a viable coach or quarterback, and the Chiefs only reached the playoffs once in four seasons. Pioli’s tenure with the Chiefs ended with a cumulative record of 23-41.
Right now, the Jets’ preferred choice for their vacant GM job appears to be San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble, who is set to interview for the position this weekend.
However, the Jets will be liberal with the amount of candidates they ultimately consider for the position, so it stands to reason that a veteran executive like Pioli will likely get some consideration in the coming days as well.
Needless to say, it’s critically important that the Jets do their due diligence and hire the right man for the job.
This is a decision that will set the tone for the future foundations of this team for years to come. Even after a disappointing 6-10 season, with the right hires, the Jets can rebound back into a playoff contender in short order.
However, the wrong hires could set them back immensely. That’s why the Jets are not yet close to narrowing down their list of GM candidates. No stone must be left unturned at this time.
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