Joe Douglas was introduced as the Brand New general manager in the history of the New York Jets on Tuesday.
The union 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 in the Windy City in which both broke up a bond that helped ease Douglas’ hire in New York last week.
“I’m 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 program into a location where we are always competing for championships every single year.”
Douglas elaborated on their friendship later:”I don’t believe that you can discuss that connection without even speaking about Chicago. … I’ll never forget Adam was the guy who came and reached me out almost instantly and we struck up a friendship. He invited us over his property, we were able to share dinner, we were able to talk ball and it just was apparent in the very beginning that we discuss a good deal of the same dreams about staff work, about group building that was going to construct a championship program.”
Also comfortable with his new team-building spouse, Gase told reporters of Douglas, per the New York Daily News,”He probably enjoys my insanity just a tiny bit.”
Douglas’ bright language about his relationship with Gase illustrates 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 that didn’t work out, to say the least.
When New York stopped Maccagnan after the draft, Douglas was appointed as a favorite to succeed that the GM in one hour of the news breaking. Douglas, a product of this Ozzie Newsome scouting tree, was viewed among the rising general manager prospects. The Jets interviewed four candidates, but fell in love with Douglas and allegedly ended up paying him twice what they initially offered on a six-year deal.
Despite turning down the Jets’ initial 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 part in this but just the chance to spend quality time with (Jets owner) Christopher Johnson,” Douglas explained. “I can not tell you how special that was for me. I believe we share a lot of the exact same vision of what is necessary to win. of partnership and teamwork.”
That vision includes a search for players who”never stops” Douglas decided to emphasize the Jets’ No. 3 spot in the waiver arrangement, stating,”We are going to comb through each waiver wire that is out.” He has already made a trade, also, releasing tight end Neal Sterling on Tuesday.
It was his first of several moves as the overall director of Gang Green, the majority of which he said will likely be collaborative within the Jets’ facility.
“I’m not a yes man and I have a whole lot of conviction in regards to belief systems and players that I like,” 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, if you have an opinion, then we should all listen to it. At the end of the day, we ought to hash it out.
“We may not agree, but we are going to do what’s ideal for the New York Jets.”
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