Douglas and Saleh signed up for hands-off and got hands-on.

On June 7, 2019, the Jets hired Joe Douglas as general manager.

On January 19, 2021, the Jets hired Robert Saleh as head coach.

Both men were hired by Christopher Johnson, who became the CEO and chairman of the Jets in 2017, when his brother Woody Johnson, the majority owner, was serving as U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Both these key hires were made by Christopher Johnson, before Woody’s assignment overseas ended, in 2021, after Saleh had already been hired.

So Douglas and Saleh are not working for the man who hired them.

Many of you reading this article have been through a similar experience at your place of work.

You get hired by one man or woman, and that person leaves, and a new boss comes in, and the work dynamic you signed up for kind of changes.

And the man who hired Douglas and Saleh, Christopher Johnson is a much more hands-off owner than Woody Johnson. Christopher Johnson said he intended to take a “light” approach with his GM and head coach. In other words, throw them the car keys, and let them drive the car. Woody Johnson is a lot more hands-on with the football operation.

Would Douglas and Saleh have taken their respective owners if Woody Johnson was doing the interviewing and hiring? It’s hard to tell, but perhaps not. You never know.

The new boss is not the same as the old boss.


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