The Jets don’t know who their next coach will be yet, but they do have an idea of how they want to structure things. The Jets are not interested in hiring a coach who will demand total control over the 53-man roster, CEO Christopher Johnson says.
“I think that would be the wrong person for the job,” Johnson said (via Rich Cimini of ESPN.com). “That would be off the table.”
Of course, that could take the Jets out of the running for some big-name candidates who are eager to control the roster. And, given GM Mike Maccagnan‘s lackluster track record in the draft, it’s an especially likely request.
Meanwhile, Johnson says the next head coach will report directly to him and not to Maccagnan, which indicates that the GM, unsurprisingly, is on the hot seat. Maccagnan will have $100MM+ in capital to work with this offseason, and if that does not produce results in 2019, he’ll likely be looking for another job for the 2020 season.
For now, Maccagnan appears to be safe. Despite his missteps, Johnson seems happy with at least some of the team’s young talent acquired under Maccagnan, including quarterback Sam Darnold and safety Jamal Adams.
“We’ve developed what I think is a good plan,” said Johnson when asked why he decided to stick with Maccagnan. “It’s a plan we’re in sync on, and it really came together with Sam. Now we’re going to be able to build with Sam, and build around Sam and with great players we have on this team already.”