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    Interesting article on potential GM Tom Gamble

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/jets/...m1V2RMe5j9kX6I

    As in many sports, NFL teams exist in a cyclical world.

    When one philosophy does not work the immediate reaction is to take the opposite approach. When that doesn’t work the cycle spins back to the original approach. And round and round it goes.

    Case in point: The Jets’ most recent head-coaching carousel has gone from Al Groh (disciplinarian) to Herman Edwards (players’ coach) to Eric Mangini (disciplinarian) to Rex Ryan (players’ coach).

    For the last seven years, Mike Tannenbaum, who was known as a “salary-cap specialist,’’ ran owner Woody Johnson’s football operation as the general manager and had final say on all personnel decisions.

    Numbers were more Tannenbaum’s background than player personnel, and that has seemingly left the Jets in the lurch they’re in at the moment — with a depleted roster short on talent.

    Based on the list of candidates Johnson has reached out to for interviews that are expected to begin today and last through the weekend and beyond, it is clear the Jets’ owner is placing a priority on his new general manager having a stronger player-personnel background than Tannenbaum did.

    This is a good thing.

    Johnson’s man should be Tom Gamble, the 49ers director of player personnel. Gamble fits the Jets perfectly because his strength is in personnel and he has done virtually everything else in the game other than long snap and cook team meals.

    Gamble, the son of former Eagles president Harry Gamble, has been in the NFL for 25 years and has coached (with the Jets in 1995-96), been a college and pro scout, done contract negotiations and has extensive experience with the draft and the salary cap.

    There are available candidates with more experience, but there is not a more well-rounded, qualified candidate than Gamble, who is scheduled to interview with the Jets over the weekend.

    With the 49ers, Gamble has had a hand in building every facet of their roster, which will send nine players to the Pro Bowl this month. It’s a roster that produced an 11-4-1 regular season, an NFC West title and the No. 1 playoff seed in the conference, one year removed from making the NFC Championship Game.

    In part, that includes the drafting of defensive end Aldon Smith, who had 19 1/2 sacks this season, free safety Dashon Goldson and linebackers Patrick Willis and Navorro Bowman. All are going to the Pro Bowl.

    It includes signing key free agents such as defensive end Justin Smith, the first cornerstone of this defense, and cornerback Donte Whitner — also Pro Bowlers.

    Gamble has been a part of a culture in San Francisco that builds the team through the draft and stockpiles picks — the opposite philosophy the Jets have employed. He has been a part of building 11 playoff teams — four with the Eagles, five with the Colts, and two with the 49ers.

    Gamble worked with Buddy Ryan in Philadelphia and has known Rex Ryan for more than 20 years. So he and Rex, who have a mutual respect for each other, could become a strong team.

    The Jets will have competition for Gamble, who already has been interviewed by the Jaguars. If they are unable to land him, a strong alternate choice would be Brian Gaine, the Dolphins assistant general manager and also someone with ties to the Jets, having played tight end for them and been a scout.

    Gaine, mentored by Bill Parcells in both Dallas and Miami, like Gamble has had a hand in virtually all facets of the game, including college and pro scouting and the salary cap. He knows the AFC East as well as anyone.

    Gaine, in essence, is a less-experienced version of Gamble, but is considered an up-and-comer.

    As of Thursday, Gaine had not been contacted by the Jets, but may be on their radar once the first round of interviews is complete. Also as of Thursday, the confirmed candidates on Johnson’s interview list were Gamble, Giants director of scouting Marc Ross, Falcons player personnel director Dave Caldwell and former Browns general manager Tom Heckert, though he is rumored to be joining Andy Reid in Kansas City should Reid accept the Chiefs job.

    Johnson’s focus, as he tries to shift the cycle in a different direction, should be on Gamble first and then Gaine.
    It's definitely interesting to know that Gamble has ties to Rex. This probably makes him the front runner and most willing to let Rex stay this year.

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    Gamble is a fantastic candidate... The 9ers are littered with all-pros and that has come over the last several years of building a roster.

    Outside of the QB position, they are easily the best team in the NFL.

    The fact that he may be open to keeping Rex makes me like him even more.

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    yes but how does Gamble feel about tattoos?


    that's all that really matters, apparently.

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    That is a very big plus in that case. I just hope that Mr. Gamble can bring Rex out of the buddy Ryan era into the new NFL and make him realize the offense wins games as much as a defense does now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtstar View Post
    yes but how does Gamble feel about tattoos?


    that's all that really matters, apparently.
    Gamble says as long as Rex doesn't have a Tattoo of his wife or daughter on the other arm, he is ok with it LOL!

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    I read that article and right away knew that it wasn't written by one of the new bucks at the Post....Costello or whoever else is around. Clearly written by someone with some perspective on the franchise.

    Wasn't at all surprised that it was by Cannizarro.

    By all accounts, Gamble seems like the right guy for the gig. I didn't know much about him before but his personnel experience is pretty considerable and he also seems to be well versed in all aspects of running a team.

    Hopefully this isn't a drawn out process and Gamble, or whoever else ultimately lands the job, is in place in the very near future. Gamble, Ross, Caldwell and this Gaine cat all seem to be qualified guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crasherino View Post
    I read that article and right away knew that it wasn't written by one of the new bucks at the Post....Costello or whoever else is around. Clearly written by someone with some perspective on the franchise.

    Wasn't at all surprised that it was by Cannizarro.

    By all accounts, Gamble seems like the right guy for the gig. I didn't know much about him before but his personnel experience is pretty considerable and he also seems to be well versed in all aspects of running a team.

    Hopefully this isn't a drawn out process and Gamble, or whoever else ultimately lands the job, is in place in the very near future. Gamble, Ross, Caldwell and this Gaine cat all seem to be qualified guys.
    forget Gaine. Replace him with Dorsey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beerfish View Post
    That is a very big plus in that case. I just hope that Mr. Gamble can bring Rex out of the buddy Ryan era into the new NFL and make him realize the offense wins games as much as a defense does now.
    Tannenbaum certainly wasn't convincing Rex of anything, since he himself had no football philosophy. This will be the beauty of having a GM that actually knows something about football. Rex does have shortcomings but with the right people they can likely be overcome.
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    Speaking of Mr.T. any word on him getting interviewed by anyone, kust curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crasherino View Post
    I read that article and right away knew that it wasn't written by one of the new bucks at the Post....Costello or whoever else is around. Clearly written by someone with some perspective on the franchise.

    Wasn't at all surprised that it was by Cannizarro.

    By all accounts, Gamble seems like the right guy for the gig. I didn't know much about him before but his personnel experience is pretty considerable and he also seems to be well versed in all aspects of running a team.

    Hopefully this isn't a drawn out process and Gamble, or whoever else ultimately lands the job, is in place in the very near future. Gamble, Ross, Caldwell and this Gaine cat all seem to be qualified guys.
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