Joe Douglas was introduced as the Brand New general Director in the history of the New York Jets on Tuesday.
The union of Douglas and Gang Green reunites the GM with trainer Adam Gase with whom he spent a year with the Chicago Bears: Douglas as director of faculty and Gase as offensive coordinator in 2015. It had been from the Windy City where both broke up a bond which helped ease Douglas’ engage in New York last week.
“I am excited to be working with Adam again after building a particular 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 to a location where we’re always competing for championships every single year.”
Douglas elaborated in their friendship after:”I don’t think you can talk about that relationship without even speaking about Chicago. … I’ll never forget Adam was the man who came and reached out to me almost immediately and we struck up a friendship. He invited us over his house, we could share supper, we were able to talk ball and it was clear in the very beginning that we discuss a lot of the same dreams about staff work, about group building which was going to construct a championship program.”
Additionally comfortable with his new team-building partner, Gase told reporters of Douglas, per the New York Daily News,”He probably enjoys my insanity just a tiny bit.”
Douglas’ sunny language about his relationship with Gase exemplifies a departure from the Mike Maccagnan-Gase union that lasted less than four weeks. Gase was hired to replace fired coach Todd Bowles in January but Maccagnan was kept on, resulting in an arranged marriage which didn’t work out, to say the very least.
When New York stopped Maccagnan after the draft, Douglas was appointed as a favorite to succeed the GM in one hour of the news breaking. Douglas, a product of this Ozzie Newsome scouting tree, was viewed as one of the rising general director prospects. The Jets interviewed four candidates, but fell in love with Douglas and allegedly ended up paying him twice what they originally offered on a six-year deal.
Despite turning the Jets’ initial supplies, Douglas said Tuesday that New York is where he wants to be, partially 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 explained. “I can’t tell you how special that has been 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 who”never stops” Douglas made a point to highlight the Jets’ No. 3 spot at the waiver order, saying,”We’re going to comb through each waiver wire that is out.” He’s already made a trade, too, releasing tight conclusion Neal Sterling on Tuesday.
It was his first of many moves as the overall manager of Gang Green, most of which he said will be collaborative inside the Jets’ facility.
“I’m not a yes man and I have a lot of conviction in regards to belief systems and gamers that I enjoy,” Douglas told NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones. “It’s not just me. I expect that by everybody on our staff, scouts and coaches. If you do the work, in case you’ve got an opinion, we should all listen to it. In the conclusion of the daywe should hash out it.
“We might not agree, but we’re going to do what’s ideal for the New York Jets.”
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