Latest On Jets’ Firing Of GM Mike Maccagnan

Earlier today, the Jets fired GM Mike Maccagnan. Maccagnan was known to be on the hot seat, but the timing of his dismissal was an absolute head-scratcher.

On Wednesday afternoon, team CEO Christopher Johnson took questions from local media, though he didn’t give a ton in the way of answers. Here are the highlights from Johnson’s presser and the latest on the newly created vacancy:

  • The issue of control over the 53-man roster figures to be a major issue for top candidates, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports (on Twitter) hears. As it stands, head coach Adam Gase has final say on the roster. For what it’s worth, Gase reportedly wants the Jets to hire Eagles exec Joe Douglas, so he could conceivably be willing to cede control in order to bring his old Bears buddy on board.
  • Meanwhile, Johnson says Gase will remain in charge of the 53-man roster (Twitter link via Brian Costello of the New York Post).
  • Johnson did his best to downplay talk of a serious rift between Gase and Maccagnan. “I think there was very good synergy (between Maccagnan and Gase), but it was not everything that I was hoping for. I made the decision I want to find a better fit for this building,” Johnson said (Twitter link via SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano).
  • The CEO said he made the decision to fire Maccagnan “in the last few days,” (Twitter link via Manish Mehta of the Daily News). He then added: “I’m not going to get into a lot of specifics about why we’re moving on from Mike.
  • Johnson said he’s looking for more of a “strategic thinker” with the new Jets GM and “someone who could collaborate with the building,” (Twitter link via Vacchiano).
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13 comments on “Latest On Jets’ Firing Of GM Mike Maccagnan

  1. crosseyedlemon

    “Johnson said he’s looking for more of a “strategic thinker” with the new Jets GM”

    In other words he wants someone who can advance beyond tic-tac-toe to checkers.

  2. snotboy300

    The Johnsons are a joke…I heard the interview and it clearly shows how inept the Johnsons are…feel so sorry for their fans

  3. vinman66

    Someone please help me. Why is Johnson talking like he hire a head coach like bill belichick, rather then Gase? “Oh yes! This is what Gase wants, and I want to make sure he gets his man” WHAT???

  4. murraysons

    This is perfect for Gase. He gets deniability on both ends. If they suck this year or next, it’s Maccagnan’s fault for sticking him with a crappy roster. If they suck for the next few years after that, it’s the new GMs fault for not fixing the roster fast enough. Meanwhile if they win 8 games he looks like Vince Lombardi.

  5. captainsalty

    I thought the Jets had a pretty solid offseason…Bell is expensive but he’s a playmaker that they have been lacking…Quinnen Williams was a sound pick at #4…I don’t think they will be anything more than a 5-6 win team this season but if they can add a few more pieces and Darnold develops they could be on to something

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