Jets exec Rod Graves up for a high-profile job in the league office

While he might have just joined the Jets this year, ProFootballTalk reports that the Jets director of football administration Rod Graves is in the running for a top job in the league office.

With NFL executive V.P. of football operations Ray Anderson slated to become the new A.D. at Arizona State, the question of his replacement still lingers.

Based on multiple reports that have surfaced over the past few weeks, four names are in contention for the job:  Dolphins executive V.P. of football administration Dawn Aponte, Jets senior director of football administration Rod Graves, NFL V.P. of operations Merton Hanks, and former Chiefs G.M. and Patriots V.P. of player personnel Scott Pioli.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Graves is a guy who works behind the scenes, but is extremely smart and has been a help to John Idzik during his first year as the team’s GM.

It would seem that Graves is up against some rather serious competition, but that alone should be a pretty good indicator of what his peers and the league thinks of his body of work. Should Graves get the job, it would be interesting to see who Idzik tabs to replace his one of his hand-picked lieutenants.

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Steven Windeler
Steven Windeler

I've got my fingers crossed for  Scott Pioli. I'm pulling for you Scott. You deserve it.

Bent
Bent moderator

"Should Graves get the job, it would be interesting to see who Idzik tabs to replace his one of his hand-picked lieutenants."


I'm still available.

levi
levi

I might have missed it but has Idzik brought in his own scouts and what not? I mean I would expect him to surround himself with "his guys".

a57se
a57se

"Graves is a guy who works behind the scenes, but is extremely smart and has been a help to John Idzik during his first year as the team’s GM."

Really? What has Graves done since he has been hired? What work is he doing behind the scenes that is so important to the franchise? What has he done to demonstrate how really smart he is?

Inquiring minds would like to know!

levi
levi

@Bent Thats pretty much a lateral move from being a TJB moderator. You are probably better off here with the bonuses and fame you receive from TJBers. Why just yesterday a man offered to buy you a beer, he did not offer that free beer to Graves Bent. Better weigh your options.

a57se
a57se

@Bent 

What is Graves job?
Grease the skids for Idziks coaching choices?

McGeorge
McGeorge

@Bent Bent, 

You are being considered as a replacement for Roger Goodell.

:-)

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

@a57se+1, Unless specific accomplishments can be cited or his contributions to specific decisions can be cited, this should be filed under "who cares?"


However, I don't fault Brian for reporting it.

levi
levi

@a57se Just you wait for Collision Low Crossers 2, then you will know all about him.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se "Senior Director of Football Administration".


Similar in title to the role Idzik himself had in Seattle.

a57se
a57se

@frustjetfn@a57se 

I don't have a problem with the report, it is worth reporting that a guy Idzik brought into the organization is being considered for an NFL HQ job. 

It is the statement from BB about Graves' contributions I took issue with. "talIng issue with' may not be the best way to say it..... there is nothing wrong with the statement if there are demonstrable deeds that Graves has performed in his brief tenure with the Jets but since the only thing I have ever seen about him is that he was hired by the Jets, I' am curious as to why BB would feel compelled to include this editorial comment in this post. Perhaps he has some insider information we are not aware of?

a57se
a57se

@levi

I eliminated other options because they don't fit the sequence of events nor the people invoilved. 

levi
levi

@a57se I wasnt trying to straighten you out. But honestly you get tunnel vision and lock onto something with such a narrow minded approach that I wasnt sure you realized there were other options.

a57se
a57se

@Bent@a57se 

That is the HC's domain and should be at his discretion.

He should not need approval from the GM to make ANY playing time decisions.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent They'd pretty much been knocked out of playoff contention and their high draft pick QB was really struggling.  I think that's a call that would often go upstairs.


Do you not think Rex consulted with Tannenbaum when deciding whether or not to bench Sanchez last year?

a57se
a57se

@levi

Well that explains it! Thanks for straightening me out Levi!

levi
levi

@a57se @Bent Maybe he didnt "have" to but thought some extra input from knowledgeable professionals could be useful.

a57se
a57se

@Bent

Why should/would they have to go 'upstairs'? That decision should have NOTHING to do with the GM.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent Presumably they had up to that point.  It obviously got to the stage where they had to go upstairs.

a57se
a57se

@Bent

Why should the HC of the NY Jets have to consult with the first year GM and his lackey about whether to continue starting the QB? Ryan and Mornhinweg should be making that decision.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent I don't know that this is true.  From what I hear their input is pretty similar.

a57se
a57se

@Bent

I missed that report about Rex having to consult with Graves........

I really feel for Rex. It sounds like he went from a pretty hands off GM (as far as coaching the team went) to a micro-manager......

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @frustjetfn He was probably talking in general teams.  Graves was added AFTER most of the personnel moves were already made this offseason although the media reported earlier in the year that Rex Ryan consulted with Idzik AND Graves when deciding to keep Geno Smith in the starting lineup before the Raider game, which would suggest he's his right hand man in decision making situations.