The Ravens saw one of their longtime front office members finally get the opportunity to run a franchise recently when Joe Douglas was hired as the general manager of the Jets. Douglas, who spent the last several years in Philadelphia under Howie Roseman, was New York’s No. 1 priority in their GM search. Gang green got their man after rolling out a serious red carpet for him following a drawn out negotiation period.
Douglas was a scout with Baltimore from 2000 up until 2014, when he went to join the Chicago Bears as their director of college scouting. From there, he went to Philly to become their VP of Player Personnel in 2016 under Roseman which he’s now turning into this opportunity with the Jets.
In order to fully maximize it, he’ll need a good staff around him, and many big time names that he’s interested in hiring have been floated recently. Among some of the more famous names are ESPN’s Todd McShay, who Douglas is personal friends with, and former NFL front office executive Phil Savage, who Douglas knows from his days in Baltimore.
However, an official hire came through on Tuesday, with Douglas poaching a current name from Baltimore’s front office: Chad Alexander
One more big piece to the #Jets new staff under GM Joe Douglas: #Ravens Assistant Director of Pro Personnel Chad Alexander, a respected scout, is headed to NYJ to be Director of Player Personnel, I’m told.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 18, 2019
The news of these hires can come and go pretty quickly a lot of the time, but by the sound of it, Alexander was well respected and played an important role within “The Castle”. Alexander had been with the Ravens since 1999 and worked his way up to Assistant Director of Pro & College Personnel, a role he had held since 2009.
While it’s good for him that he gets this opportunity in New York, Eric DeCosta is also going to get a chance of his own; that would be the one to build up his own staff based on his identity and how he is going to be running things.
As for who that’s going to be, it’ll be a while before we know. However, for now, the role Alexander occupied within Baltimore’s front office is vacant following yesterday’s news. It’ll be interesting to see what DeCosta does in the coming months to fill the position.