It appears that the New York Jets have found their man.
TheJetsBlog.com‘s Brian Bassett first reported on Saturday that the Jets are preparing to hire San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble to a multi-year contract to be their next general manager.
The Jets are not expected to officially announce Gamble’s hiring until at least Monday, after they are expected to satisfy the Rooney Rule by interviewing New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross.
Gamble is a huge get for the Jets, who have been targeting the 49ers’ executive as their top candidate for their general manager position ever since the beginning of their search to replace departed GM Mike Tannenbaum.
Tom Gamble has been an NFL employee for the last 24 years, having spent the last seven seasons with the 49ers, including the past two as their director of player personnel.
Gamble’s has experience in college scouting, pro scouting, contract negotiations, and even a two-year stint as a defensive assistant/quality control coach for the Jets back in 1995 and 1996.
In Gamble’s two seasons as player personnel director, the 49ers have a combined regular season record of 24-7-1, back-to-back NFC West championships, and postseason first-round byes in both seasons.
The son of former Philadelphia Eagles president Harry Gamble, Tom Gamble has personally known Jets head coach Rex Ryan for over 20 years, due to Gamble’s time in the Eagles organization working with Buddy Ryan.
Some around the league had thought that Jets owner Woody Johnson‘s insistence on bringing back Ryan for a fifth season would hurt their chances of hiring an elite GM candidate, but those fears were all for naught.
Gamble and Ryan they have similar foundational philosophies, and would seem to form a good team.
Hiring a guy who has no previous GM experience is always a bit of a gamble. However, this Gamble has quite an impressive résumé, and the pedigree to potentially be an excellent first-time general manager.
I believe that he’s the right man for the job, and hopefully the person to right the ship and get the Jets back to the winning ways that became a staple of Ryan’s tenure in his first two years in New York.
Gamble will certainly have a lot on his plate, especially in year one, but he’ll be a breath of fresh air to an organization that is in desperate need of an overhaul in their personnel department.
The rebuilding of the Jets is far from complete, but Tom Gamble’s hiring is a great foundation to build upon.