Adam Gase Denies Power Struggle Led To Mike Maccagnan’s Firing

Barely four months after Mike Maccagnan hired Adam Gase, the Jets fired their GM. Gase now stands as the team’s interim GM and is helping with the search for Maccagnan’s successor.

It would appear, given the reports thus far, that the first-year Jets coach won a power struggle. He staunchly denied that Monday and that he will have control of the Jets’ 53-man roster after Maccagnan’s successor arrives.

I disagree with that … as far as a power struggle,” Gase said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “Whoever’s going to be hired is going to have the same control: Control of the roster. … I coach the football team. Nothing’s changing in that structure.”

Jets CEO Christopher Johnson said last week Gase would be in charge of the 53 in the interim, so it will be interesting to see how power is divided once a new GM arrives. Johnson, Gase and Jets VP of business affairs/general counsel Hymie Elhai will conduct the GM search, with Mehta adding it will be the team’s new HC that will play the lead role in selecting the next GM.

Eagles VP of player personnel Joe Douglas and NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah have been mentioned as candidates, though interviews have been requested with neither.

That’s what it was,” Gase said (via NJ.com’s Darryl Slater), indicating he was surprised when Johnson told him of Maccagnan’s ouster. “He’s the owner. In this business, (expletive) like that happens all the time. It happened to me last year. I think that’s what it is. I mean, I work for (Johnson). That’s how we’re aligned, is the GM and the head coach both report to the owner.”

Over the weekend, Mehta reported Maccagnan heavily restricted Gase’s pre-draft input, leading to Gase moving his chair away from cameras during the draft and essentially letting the since-fired GM run that operation. Gase denied a large-scale rift existed.

Since we’ve started, we just constantly were in communication, whether he’s coming down to my office or I’m going to his office,” Gase said of his work with Maccagnan. “That’s all we’re trying to do, is just make sure we’re on the same page all the time and making sure that we’re trying to put this thing together as well as we can in a short period of time.”

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15 comments on “Adam Gase Denies Power Struggle Led To Mike Maccagnan’s Firing

  1. braveshomer

    yeah ok whatever…good luck to all the skill positions players going forward. Never liked Gase, and yes its fantasy football related lol

  2. case7187

    This guy has already turned a whole team and fan base against him before one practice

  3. crosseyedlemon

    The Jets aren’t involved in a power struggle. This is merely a re-organization of personnel similar to what occurred with the 3 Stooges act.

  4. GMB 883

    Lol – there’s no struggle. Ok Adam – sure the owner just decided to fire his GM and shit like this happens all the time. Does he think everyone watching are all idiots and we believe the owner just decided to fire his GM for the hell of it. Especially after we now know that Gase did not want Leveon Bell for all that $ and probably not CJ Mosley for all the money. He got. Both good players but not worth that much on your salary cap.

    • JoeBrady

      He didn’t just fire him. He fired him after the FA signings and the draft. That’s pretty unusual. I think all baseball GMs get fired prior to the free agency signings.

      I cannot imagine in any way, shape of form, telling your GM ‘I think you are a poor GM, and i am going to fire you. But first I want you to spend $100M on FAs and draft our future players’.

      IMVHO, I think this is the correct move for the organization. But the CEO needs to explain why they disliked MacCagnan enough to fire him, but still thought enough of him to let him sign and draft. And the CEO should be doing the talking since it is his responsibility, not Gase’s.

  5. itslonelyatthetrop

    There was no power struggle. A struggle implies a reasonable resistance was put up by the losing side. Maccagnan was a push-over.

  6. Maaku

    As a Dolphin fan, I can tell you you’re going to hate Gase. Kiss three years goodbye

  7. Dorothy_Mantooth

    Gase can only pan out one of two ways:

    1) Genius hire
    2) Complete failure

    Given who he’s working for, I would think most smart money will be on #2.

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