The first two notable members of the media to suggest Mike Maccagnan would be fired after the NFL Draft were Tony Pauline and Michael Lombardi. Both are now saying the same thing about the team’s general manager search. If they are to be believed, Joe Douglas from the Eagles front office is likely to get the job.
Lombardi makes it sound like Joe Douglas as #Jets GM is a formality at this point. “Everybody tells me it’s his job.” Also suggests Douglas “wants to leave Philly” & run his own team. #Eagles https://t.co/2wKQQAdvud— Evan Silva (@evansilva) May 30, 2019
5th from bottom "I had been led to believe all along that it would be very tough to pry Joe Douglas away from the Eagles, until last night. Someone I trust told me word is Douglas is a done deal and Jets are just going through the motions interviewing the other candidates. "— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) May 31, 2019
After Lombardi and Pauline issued their initial reports about Maccagnan’s imminent firing, a number of others reporters suggested Douglas was likely to take over as the team’s general manager.
Douglas’ interview is reportedly scheduled to take place this weekend.
Experience teaches us that these things are never officially over until the contract is signed. (Remember how Tom Gamble was on the verge of being hired as Jets general manager in 2013, or how the team was about to hire Dan Quinn as head coach in 2015?) With that said, the fact the two people who nailed the story of Maccagnan’s firing are once again on the same page is notable.