New York Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson said that the team has relived General Manager Mike Maccagnan of his duties in the front office after four seasons with the team.
New head coach Adam Gase will take over as interim GM. The news comes after a reported rift between Maccagnan and Gase was denied by the former Miami Dolphin head coach.
However, with Maccagnan being fired today, the dispute looks to be more fact than fictional with the disagreement centering around their two biggest signings this off-season.
Following a multitude of off-season moves – including the hiring of Gase – in hopes of improving the team’s 4-12 record from a season ago, it seems like an odd time to make a front office change.
As of now, the Jets are looking at two candidates to replace Maccagnan. One option is Joe Douglas, the vice president of player personnel, from the Eagles with the other being NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah.
Douglas spent time in the personnel department with the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears before joining the Eagles in 2016. Meanwhile, Jeremiah is trying to become the second NFL Network analyst to be promoted to GM this off-season after Mike Mayock was hired as the Oakland Raiders GM.
Jeremiah does have previous experience working in the front office as a scout for the Eagles, Ravens and Cleveland Browns.
The Jets also announced the release of Brian Heimerdinger, who was the vice president of player personnel and Maccagnan’s right-hand man.
Maccagnan led the Jets to a 24-41 record during his tenure after coming over from the Houston Texans.
While it might have been the right move, you certainly have to wonder why the Jets decided to go this direction now. Especially, after a time when the New York Knicks just lost out of the Zion Williamson sweepstakes during last night’s NBA Lottery where they ended up with No. 3 pick instead.
Godspeed New York.