FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Adam Gase participated in the interviews with the four Jets general manager candidates and hopes they have someone in place before the league goes into its quiet period next weekend.
“I hope so because it would be nice to do that,” Gase said Tuesday morning before minicamp. “But at the end of the day, how ever long it takes us to get the right guy, that’s what we’re going to do.”
The Jets have interviewed Eagles director of player personnel Joe Douglas, Bears assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly, Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer and Saints director of pro scouting Terry Fontenot.
Gase wouldn’t say whether there are any more candidates the Jets want to interview.
Douglas is considered the leading candidate to replace Mike Maccagnan. Douglas and Kelly previously worked with Gase, who is the acting GM. But Gase said it would be Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson’s decision.
“It was a great process we’ve gone through so far,” Gase said. “We’ll keep huddling up and figuring out where we are with that until Christopher is ready to make a decision. Once that happens you guys will know about that quickly.
“Christopher’s going to make the decision. That’s as far as I want to go with this.”
The Jets are hosting a three-day minicamp this week and will have their last four OTAs next week before the NFL essentially shuts down until training camp.
Sam Darnold plans to get together with some of the Jets' skill-position players before training camp starts in late July and work on building chemistry with them. He said it could be in Southern California where he lives or on the East Coast. Le’Veon Bell will return to Florida this weekend and continue his workout regimen.
“It will be good to get some teammates wherever we can meet up,” Darnold said. “I’m sure one weekend or during the week at some point we’ll get some time together.”
Darnold didn’t look as sharp as he did in last week’s OTA that was open to the media. He threw two picks in team drills Tuesday and was frustrated with himself and the offense . . . Jets first-round pick Quinnen Williams remained limited with a calf issue but the defensive lineman did work with the third team and got a sack . . . Left tackle Kelvin Beachum, who played with Bell in Pittsburgh, on what he would tell his teammates about Bell: “He’s going to work. He’s going to compete. We got a loudmouth on defense [Jamal Adams] and now we got a loudmouth on offense. It’ll be fun.”