Brian Basset reports that the “Jets have essentially “cemented” deal w/ Tom Gamble. Deal likely to run 3-4 yrs.” This coming right after it was reported that Gamble canceled talks with the Jaguars to focus on negotiations with the Jets.
This is the move everyone was expecting. Woody Johnson has leaned heavily on his friend Bill Polian, who Gamble worked with years ago. After firing Mike Tennenbaum, the Jets’ previous GM and “cap guru”, Johnson has been focusing on GM canidates with player evaluation backgrounds. Gamble brings just that and more to the organization.
- Gamble is officially announced this week during Rex’s press conference
- Rex is given public backing by Gamble – but is on a 1 year leash internally
- Gamble brings in Alex Smith to compete with Mark Sanchez
- Sparano is officially fired and Gamble brings in a new OC who is not named Norv Turner (a Rex guy). This hire will be the HC in waiting if Rex struggles in 2013
- Gamble cleans house for 2014 and starts over
However… I do think there is still an outside chance that Gamble comes in and fires Rex and begins the rebuild process immediately. Should be interesting…
Gamble’s biography from 49ers.com:
Tom Gamble is in his 24th NFL season and his seventh year with the 49ers. On February 4, 2011, Gamble was promoted to Director of Player Personnel after having served as the Director of Pro Personnel for the previous seven years in San Francisco.
Gamble’s extensive NFL resume includes work in both college and pro scouting, contract negotiations, and a stint in the coaching ranks.
While working closely with General Manager Trent Baalke, Gamble oversees both the college and pro personnel efforts. In his previous role, Gamble monitored every NFL roster with an emphasis on scouting talent of upcoming pro free agents, while also maintaining continuous depth of personnel on the 49ers roster. In 2010, Gamble had been assigned additional responsibilities in collegiate scouting in order to maximize the use of his extensive experience in talent evaluation.
During his time in the NFL, Gamble has helped build nine playoff teams – five with Indianapolis and four with Philadelphia. Prior to his arrival in San Francisco, Gamble served as a college scout for the Colts from 1998 to 2004 under veteran NFL executive Bill Polian.
Gamble originally entered the NFL as an assistant in the player personnel department of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1988. He stayed with the Eagles through 1994, serving as a college scouting administrator, area scout, contract negotiator, and later served as the director of pro scouting.
From 1995 to 1996, Gamble served as a defensive assistant/quality control coach with the New York Jets. He then worked as a part-time college scout for the Carolina Panthers before serving as a pro scout for the Baltimore Ravens during the 1997 season.
Gamble earned his B.S. from High Point University in 1987 and an M.S. from Rowan University in 1988. He grew up in a football family, where his father, Harry, served as the head coach at both the University of Pennsylvania and Lafayette College. Harry was also formerly the President of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Gamble and his wife, Juliette, have three sons, Tom, Gregory and Matthew.