At 42 years old, did new Jets GM Joe Douglas feel it was time for him to become a general manager? Was an opportunity like this something he was waiting for?
"I don't know if you know you're ready until you actually get there," Douglas told WFAN's Mike Francesa on Wednesday. "It's almost like the feeling before me and my wife Shannon were getting ready to have our first child."
Douglas added he thought he was prepared to be a father, and then when the baby was born, "whoa."
Ready or not, Christopher Johnson as handed Douglas the keys with the goal of turning the Jets into Super Bowl contenders.
Here are some other takeaways from Douglas' appearance on WFAN:
The relationship between Douglas and head coach Adam Gase is well-documented. Douglas said the head coach-GM relationship has to be strong and he understands how Gase wants a team built. But Douglas also said he and Johnson share the same vision, mentioning Johnson's stress on the importance of chemistry and teamwork.
"This is an outstanding person, a man of high integrity," Douglas said of Johnson.
Douglas reiterated how excited he is that Sam Darnold is in place as the team's franchise quarterback. Douglas watched Darnold's last four games, over which the GM said Darnold showed "flashes" of greatness.
"You can't help but get excited watching a guy like that," Douglas said of Darnold. "It's something that fired me up, actually.
Throughout Douglas' tenure with the Ravens from 2000 to 2015, he worked under Ozzie Newsome, who was one of the most respected executives in the NFL. Douglas said he was "blessed" to learn from Newsome.
"The most consistent person I've ever been around. When you talk about leadership, Ozzie's not a rah-rah, scream-and-yell leader," Douglas said. "He truly leads by example. He gives you the freedom to do your job the way you want to, to paint the picture of a player the way you want to."
Douglas, who played offensive line at University of Richmond, stressed the importance of the offensive line and spoke about the commitment to developing linemen. "It's a position that is so technique-oriented, these guys are 300-pound ballet dancers almost," he said.
He also mentioned how crucial it is to have versatile linemen who can play multiple positions. With the Eagles last season against the Jaguars in London, they lost both tackles, Lane Johnson and Jason Peters, for a period of time, but were able to make it work the rest of the game and come away with a win.
Open communication with all coaches, not just the head coach and coordinators, is a priority for Douglas. He wants input from everybody in assessing the roster and making decisions.
"Obviously there are some tight calls, but it's definitely a process where everyone gets a say," he said.
What is Douglas looking for in a player, aside from talent? He said he wants great teammates who are selfless and have everyone's backs.
"What separates good teams from bad, oftentimes it's the things you can't measure. The toughness, the resiliency. Every season presents its own challenges," Douglas said.