Report: Jets ready to name general manager

Woody Johnson meets the media for the Jets

Woody Johnson meets the media for the Jets end-of-season press conference. (Jan. 8, 2013) (Credit: David Pokress)

The end apparently is in sight.

After almost three weeks of scouring the NFL for a new general manager, the Jets reportedly plan to name Mike Tannenbaum's successor as early as Thursday. After concluding their final round of interviews Wednesday, they plan to appoint a GM, CBS Sports reported.

The Jets have trimmed their list of applicants to three, per multiple reports: Steelers executive Omar Khan, Seahawks vice president of football administration John Idzik and in-house assistant GM Scott Cohen. According to the Daily News, however, Cohen is "on the periphery."

After Woody Johnson fired Tannenbaum Dec. 31, the Jets began targeting candidates with extensive personnel experience. But recently they've met with salary-cap specialists, with similar pedigrees as Tannenbaum.

When asked Wednesday about Khan being a finalist for the Jets' vacancy, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "He's earned it. We think he's ready."

According to ESPN, former Broncos GM Ted Sundquist was "particularly impressive" in his interview last week and could be a "sleeper candidate." But Sundquist apparently didn't make the final cut. A few days ago, former Bears GM Jerry Angelo was rumored to be a finalist for the Jets' job, but he reportedly didn't get a second interview.

Idzik, however, reportedly had his second interview Wednesday with the Jets.

The assumption is they will choose a candidate from outside the organization. If they do, according to CBS Sports, there would "likely be sweeping changes coming to the front office."

Notes & quotes: A source told Newsday that Cam Cameron won't be the Jets' new offensive coordinator. He interviewed this week . . . Eagles OC Marty Mornhinweg and Stanford's Pep Hamilton interviewed. A source confirmed that Pat Shurmur also had planned to, but it's unclear if the interview occurred.

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