FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 04: New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and team owner Woody Johnson confer during the Jets Rookie Minicamp on May 4, 2012 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Since Joey Clinkscales departure for the Oakland Raiders, the positon of Director of College Scouting has been vacant. Today, that position was filled by Jeff Bauer. Bauer has spent the past eleven seasons with the Jets as an area scout in the midwest. In this position, Bauer will be in charge of all scouting and report directly to Mike Tannenbaum, who actually makes the selections for the Jets during the draft.
The Jets are notable for having extraordinary continuity in their scouting department, with many of the people there having been in their positions for many years. One benefit of Clinkscales leaving was the ability to bring in new ideas and a breath of fresh air. How much of that will actually happen with the Jets promoting from within remains to be seen. But it is certainly good to see the Jets taking care of one of their own, evaluating their own talent and letting it rise to the top. All the best of luck to Jeff as he hopefully helps us grab some studs in future draft.
Edit: Great article on Bauer here. Glad to see him work his way up, and I'm happy he pitched for Greene. I know some of you disagree but I still love the War Machine.