In a surprising move, the New York Jets threw their front office into disarray on Wednesday by firing general manager Mike Maccagnan.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In a surprising move, the New York Jets threw their front office into disarray on Wednesday by firing general manager Mike Maccagnan.
Head coach Adam Gase was named interim GM.
“This morning, I informed Mike that he was being relieved of his duties as general manager of the team, effective immediately,” Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson said. “Mike helped to execute the strategic vision of the organization during the last four seasons and especially the past few months. However, I came to the decision to make a change after much thought and a careful assessment of what would be in the best long-term interests of the New York Jets.
“I will start a search for our new general manager immediately. In the interim, Coach Gase will be the acting general manager. I would like to thank Mike for his time and efforts during his tenure, and I wish only the best for him and his wife, Betty,” Johnson added.
The Jets also fired VP of Player Personnel Brian Heimerdinger.
Maccagnan was under considerable pressure this offseason to change the Jets’ losing ways. New York has not made the postseason since the 2010 season and was a combined 14-34 over the past three seasons. Maccagnan appeared to be on his way to turning things around after making a huge trade to move to No. 3 in last year’s draft and then selecting potential franchise starting quarterback Sam Darnold.
Though the Jets finished 5-11 with a roster largely devoid of talent in 2018, the veteran executive was having by most accounts a good offseason, as evidenced by his signing of free agent running back Le’Veon Bell, linebacker C.J. Mosley and wide receiver Jamison Crowder, among others.
Maccagnan also landed Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams with the No. 3 pick in the recently completed draft, a player many insiders rated as the best player in the entire draft.
There had been rumors of a rift between Maccagnan and Gase, presumably over the team’s current personnel, but most insiders didn’t see it as anything more than the two not being familiar with each other.
Gase, who was coming off a largely unsuccessful run as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, was hired as head coach not long after the team fired Todd Bowles following the end of the regular season. Maccagnan had a hand in the process, but ultimately did not hire Gase. That was a decision made by Johnson alone.
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