Sunday, January 6, 2013

Tom Gamble appears to be all but a lock for Jets


It's widely understood that Tom Gamble is the New York Jets' No. 1 general manager prospect. Apparently, the Jets are atop Gamble's list, too.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Saturday that Gamble called off his second interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars so he could "focus on the Jets," which is pretty much all we need to know. (photo:

While Jets beat writers insisted that no deal was in the works as of Saturday, Brian Bassett of SNY's made a rare "breaking news" appearance in reporting that Gang Green brass was already putting the finishing touches on a contract that will see Gamble replace the recently-fired Mike Tannenbaum.

Either way, this thing has an "only a matter of time" feel to it.

If Gamble is in fact the Jets' next general manager, they finally have something to smile about. Gamble, currently the San Francisco 49ers' director of player personnel, has a proven track record of success. Just look back on the growth of the 49ers over the past half decade through the draft alone.

Gamble is thought of highly by his peers, including the 49ers, who promoted him to his current gig two years ago after seven seasons as the team's director of pro personnel. His 24-year resume also includes a stint working under Jets coach Rex Ryan's father, Buddy, when Buddy was the Philadelphia Eagles' head coach.

The Jets are reportedly slated to interview Marc Ross, New York Giants' director of college scouting, Monday, which would satisfy the NFL's Rooney Rule. That's a going-through-the-motions deal.

Jets owner Woody Johnson and Ryan are scheduled to meet with reporters Tuesday, so this thing should be done by then. Stay tuned.

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