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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Articles tagged: Mike Maccagnan

Jets chairman explains reason behind Mike Maccagnan firing

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The New York Jets made the somewhat surprising decision to fire general manager Mike Maccagnan midway through their offseason, after free agency and the NFL Draft, and ownership explained why on Wednesday.

Jets chairman Christopher Johnson said that, as his involvement in organizational matters increased, he was unhappy with how the front office was handling things, and admitted that the “synergy” between Maccagnan and coach Adam Gase was not what he wanted.

Johnson denied that this was the result of Gase winning a power struggle against Maccagnan — but added that Gase will have a say in the team’s next GM.

The timing is still odd, and when you hear reports that Gase and Maccagnan disagreed on certain key decisions, you do get the impression that Gase is holding all the cards here. The fact that he’ll have input on the new GM — and may retain power over the 53-man roster — only further solidifies that belief.

Jets fire GM Mike Maccagnan, name Adam Gase interim GM

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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.

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.

Report: Jets could make front office changes after NFL Draft

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The New York Jets made what was widely regarded as a successful first round pick Thursday night during the NFL Draft, but a new report states that may just be masking some problems beneath the surface in the team’s front office.

According to Michael Lombardi of The Athletic, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan is “on the hot seat internally,” and there is an expectation across the league that the team will shake up the front office after the draft.

It’s not really clear what the heart of the reported issue is here. Maccagnan was retained when coach Todd Bowles was fired and allowed to conduct the search that brought in Adam Gase. They also trusted him to run the draft and all that went along with that. There are teams that overhaul their scouting departments after the NFL Draft, but it’s a bit odd that the general manager is on the hot seat at this point in the offseason.

Jets confirm Todd Bowles, Mike Maccagnan will return

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There will be no major changes at staff level for the New York Jets despite a miserable 2016.

The team announced that coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan would both be back in 2017.

It sounded as if Bowles, at least, had been assured that his position was secure before the announcement.

Bowles led the Jets to a 5-11 season a year after going 10-6 and narrowly missing the playoffs. The team ultimately decided he was entitled to a third season to see if he could rediscover any of that success. A previous report also indicated that a lack of obvious replacements may have worked in his favor as well.

Jets GM says he has ‘no regrets’ over decision to bring back Ryan Fitzpatrick

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It’s easy to forget now that there was a time when the New York Jets fanbase – and even some players – were being critical of management’s refusal to give Ryan Fitzpatrick whatever he wanted.

Now, Fitzpatrick’s job is in danger. But Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan doesn’t have any regrets about how things went.

“We’re obviously disappointed by the season in terms of the record,” Maccagnan said, via Darryl Slater of NJ.com. “Based on the season [Fitzpatrick] had prior to this season, he was very instrumental in a lot of our success in the 10-6 season. I have no regrets about bringing Ryan back. I think going into it, we felt very good about the season Ryan had previously.

“I have no regrets from that standpoint. Of course, I think everybody, and Ryan included, would probably say he holds himself to a fairly high standard. I’m sure there are aspects that he would like to … we all would like to have better success on the field as a team. But from the standpoint of bringing Ryan back, no, I don’t have regrets on that.”

The Jets were criticized heavily for their reluctance to pay Fitzpatrick – a reluctance that lasted a while. The Fitzpatrick of 2016 hasn’t been anywhere near the one that almost led the Jets to a playoff berth the season before. The only good news is, under the terms of the agreed deal, Fitzpatrick will be long gone after the season. The bad news for the Jets is that his $5 million cap hit won’t be.