Jets fire GM Mike Maccagnan, name Adam Gase interim GM
The New York Jets have picked an interesting time for a major shakeup in their front office.
The Jets announced on Wednesday that they have fired general manager Mike Maccagnan. Head coach Adam Gase will serve as GM for the team in the interim.
Statement from Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson on Mike Maccagnan. pic.twitter.com/cHWNJzExLp
— New York Jets (@nyjets) May 15, 2019
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington report that the Jets have also fired vice president of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger.
The Jets landed Alabama star defensive lineman Quinnen Williams in the draft last month and appear to have made a high-upside pick with Florida defensive end Jachai Polite in the third round, but there was talk of Maccagnan being on the hot seat around the time of the draft. While the move is not a huge surprise given how much the Jets have struggled since Maccagnan took over as GM in 2015, the timing is a bit unusual.
Maccagnan was allowed to lead the search for a new head coach when Gase was hired, and he obviously influenced the team’s draft decisions. That said, we have seen teams overhaul their scouting departments right around the time of the draft, so the move isn’t exactly unprecedented. Some would say it was overdue in New York, whether the timing makes sense or not.