The New York Jets are targeting two of the hottest prospective GMs on the market after firing Mike Tannenbaum today. In addition to requesting to interview San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble, the Jets have also asked the New York Giants about interviewing one of the top scouting minds in the business in Giants college scouting director Marc Ross. The news comes to us from Kim Jones of the NFL Network.
Ross has also been identified as a top target for the Carolina Panthers General Manager search, and he will likely be a suitor for many other teams in the near future. The Jets hunt for a new GM is on, and they are certainly setting their goals high. Both Gamble and Ross have ties to New York, so the geographic advantage may help the Jets a little bit as they try to sell the gig to some of the top minds in the NFL.
The Jets first went after former Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian, but it sounds like they were immediately rejected by the ESPN analyst. I doubt Polian would want to leave his comfortable post with ESPN for an uncertain gig like the one the Jets have.
Ross has helped the Giants build some terrific drafts, and he does an incredible job of spotting less-heralded talent in the middle and later rounds. That sort of ability to build a deep roster and draft well is something the Jets are sorely lacking, which would make Ross an even more attractive candidate for this franchise.
Update: FanSided’s New York Jets writer Alan Schechter from The Jet Press tweeted to me that the Giants have granted the Jets permission to talk to Ross. Alan ha solid connections with the team, and we’ll see when the interview is scheduled.
You can follow Joe Soriano on Twitter @SorianoJoe.