Wednesday, January 16, 2013
GM search, Day 17
By Rich Cimini
The familiar cry from the kid in the back seat applies to the Jets' GM search: Are we there yet?
On Wednesday, the Jets conducted a second interview with Seahawks executive John Idzik. They did the same Tuesday with Steelers exec Omar Khan. Unless owner Woody Johnson is prepared to throw a curve ball -- Ted Sundquist, anyone? -- it appears that Idzik and Khan are the frontrunners. Jets assistant GM Scott Cohen is considered the long shot.
A GM could be hired as soon as Thursday. My money is on Idzik. He has more NFL experience than Khan. Unlike Khan, Idzik has dabbled in personnel -- although not a whole lot. And he also happens to be friendly with team president Neil Glat. He and Glat, formerly of the NFL office, have communicated in the past on league-related projects.
You'd think the Jets would want to have their GM in place by Monday, when the NFL scouting and coaching communities descend upon Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl week. But, as far as the Jets are concerned, that's an artificial deadline. Meanwhile, frustration is building among some candidates. They feel like the Jets are stringing them along, keeping them in the dark as the search heads toward the three-week mark.