Joe Douglas was introduced as the Brand New general manager in the history of the New York Jets on Tuesday.
The marriage of Douglas and Gang Green reunites the GM with coach Adam Gase with whom he spent a year with the Chicago Bears: Douglas as director of college scouting and Gase as offensive coordinator in 2015. It was from the Windy City in which the two broke up a bond that helped facilitate Douglas’ engage in New York last week.
“I’m excited to be working with Adam again after building a special bond in Chicago,” Douglas said in his opening statement Tuesday. “We share a vision of building a team and I look forward to partnering with him getting this app into a place where we are consistently competing for championships every single year.”
Douglas elaborated on their friendship after:”I don’t believe that you can discuss that connection without talking about Chicago. … I will never forget Adam was the guy who came and reached me out almost instantly and we struck up a friendship. He encouraged us over his house, we were able to share dinner, we were able to talk ball and it was clear in the beginning that we share a good deal of the same dreams about staff work, about group building that was going to build a championship program.”
Also comfortable with his brand new team-building spouse, Gase told colleagues of Douglas, per the New York Daily News,”He probably likes my insanity a tiny bit.”
Douglas’ sunny language about his relationship with Gase illustrates a death from the Mike Maccagnan-Gase union that lasted less than four months. Gase was hired to replace fired coach Todd Bowles in January however Maccagnan was retained on, leading to an arranged marriage that did not work out, to say the least.
When New York stopped Maccagnan following the draft, Douglas was appointed as a favorite to succeed that the GM in an hour of the news breaking. Douglas, a product of the Ozzie Newsome scouting tree, was seen among the rising general director prospects. The Jets interviewed four candidates, but fell in love with Douglas and allegedly ended up paying him double what they originally offered on a six-year deal.
Despite turning down the Jets’ first offers, Douglas said Tuesday that New York is where he would like to be, partly due to Gase.
“I believe my relationship with Adam played a fantastic role in this but also just the chance to spend quality time with (Jets owner) Christopher Johnson,” Douglas said. “I can not tell you how special that was for me. I think we share a lot of the same vision of what it takes to win. of partnership and teamwork.”
That vision includes a hunt for players that”never stops.” Douglas decided to emphasize the Jets’ No. 3 place at the waiver arrangement, stating,”We are going to comb through each waiver wire that is out.” He has already made a transaction, also, releasing tight conclusion Neal Sterling on Tuesday.
It had been his first of many moves as the general director of Gang Green, the majority of which he said will be collaborative within the Jets’ facility.
“I am not a yes man and I’ve got a whole lot of certainty in regards to belief systems and gamers that I enjoy,” Douglas told NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones. “It is not just me. I expect that from everyone on the staff, scouts and coaches. If you do the work, in case you have an opinion, then we should all hear it. At the end of the day, we should hash out it.
“We might not agree, but we’re going to do what is ideal for the New York Jets.”
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