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Glat could be a factor in Jets’ struggles to fill G.M. job

New York Jets owner Johnson answers a question at end of season news conference in Florham Park

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson answers a question as he and head coach Rex Ryan hold an end-of-season news conference at the NFL team’s training facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, January 8, 2013. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)


Jets owner Woody Johnson reportedly can’t give away his team’s G.M. job, even though he reportedly tried to give away $1 million for the purposes of buying, by Manhattan standards, a no-bedroom, 1/2-bath apartment.

There are several reasons for the Jets’ struggles, from a nightmarish cap situation to a jumbled quarterback situation to a coach who can’t be fired for at least a year to a general atmosphere of dysfunction.

But there’s another factor that is, we’re told, contributing to the difficulties. There’s a concern that team president Neil Glat will be involved in the football operations. How involved isn’t known, but for traditional “football guys,” any involvement is too much involvement.

Typically, a G.M. has to deal with only one person: The owner. In New York, the G.M. will have a straight line or at a minimum a dotted line to Glat. And Glat, we’re told, has been asking esoteric football questions during the G.M. interviews.

In the end, someone will surely take the job. The question is whether it’ll be someone who has options.

And whether, moving forward, whether there will be less dysfunction. Or whether there will be more.