Tom Gamble: 49ers' Personnel Director Would Lead New York Jets Resurgence

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2013

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The New York Jets can reach the upper echelon of the NFL by hiring Tom Gamble.

Gamble, the director of player personnel for the San Francisco 49ers, looks to be the favorite for the team's opening at general manager.

Mike Florio, of Pro Football Talk, had reported that Dave Caldwell, who held the same position as Gamble with the Atlanta Falcons, was favored ahead of Gamble after both underwent interviews with the Jets.

It appears as though Caldwell will be heading a little further south.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports is reporting that the Jacksonville Jaguars will be hiring Caldwell as GM. He tweeted:

Jacksonville has tabbed Dave Caldwell as their new GM, the two sides are trying to work out a contract

— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 8, 2013

Rich Cimini of summed up the Jets' GM prospects at this stage. He tweeted:

It means #Jets are down to Tom Gamble, Marc Ross and Scott Cohen. Or they could expand the field.

— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) January 8, 2013

Of those three, Gamble is the best choice.

He has a great track record in his seven seasons with the 49ers.

There might not be a more toxic situation behind the scenes than the one in the Jets' backroom. So many off-field issues clouded the team's play on the field, which was admittedly very poor at times.

When you look at San Francisco, you see an organization that is run the right way.

The team has drafted extremely well and built a winning football team. So many of the team's key players started with the organization.

It's that stability that the Jets so sorely need.

New York has had a few poor drafts over the past couple of years, with the selection of Vernon Gholston really standing out.

Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis, Vernon Davis and Joe Staley were all great draft picks for San Francisco. Then you look at San Francisco selecting Colin Kaepernick in the second round in 2011. It was a bit of a gamble to take a quarterback that high in the draft with Alex Smith already on the roster.

Kaepernick now looks like the QB that could put the 49ers over the top and turn them into an elite team in the league.

The Jets need a fresh start, and they're in the unique situation where they can make that happen.

Mike Tannenbaum was fired as GM. Tony Sparano is officially out as offensive coordinator and likewise with quarterback coach Mike Cavanaugh.

New York can continue this movement by looking outside for help.

Andy Cohen, the team's existing assistant general manager, has been a candidate for the GM job as well. However, the Jets need a fresh set of eyes for this football team and the holes that it has to fill.

Mark Sanchez is in a situation very similar to what Smith was in San Francisco.

Many were very critical with the play of Smith, but Gamble and the rest of the 49ers' management chose to stick with him. It was a move that paid off in spades in the short term, and now Kaepernick is the long-term choice.

Gamble has the experience and mental wherewithal to bring sustained playoff football back to the Jets.