Jets fire GM Maccagnan, name HC Gase interim replacement

Paola Ditto
Mag 15, 2019

ESPN reported that Brian Heimerdinger, the Jets' vice president of player personnel, was also fired as part of the team's front office shake-up.

The news comes just a few weeks after rumors emerged that Maccagnan was on the hot seat and could be in peril.

The Patriots and Jets will play in Week 3 at New England and Week 7 in NY this season. Will they have similar luck in 2019?

Adam Gase is no longer a headache for the Miami Dolphins internally but he could be in the division.

But by the same token, the decision to fire Maccagnan comes at an incredible freaky time. Head Coach Todd Bowles paid the price with his job in the off-season, but Maccagnan was seemingly handed a reprieve and was given the green light to mount a particularly aggressive offseason.

In the time since, Maccagnan has shaped the future of this franchise, both on and off the field, for years to come. Oakland did something similar when it hired draft expert Mike Mayock away from NFL Media to be the team's general manager.

Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson announced the decision to fire Maccagnan in a statement posted Wednesday on the team's Twitter account.

If you're a NY sports fan who puts your support behind the Knicks and Jets, well, you've had better days. He was fully involved in the coaching search and hiring Gase to replace Bowles.

The timing is particularly odd because Maccagnan ran the Jets' draft less than three weeks ago, including taking defensive tackle Quinnen Williams with the No. 3 overall pick.

Maccagnan served as GM of the club since January of 2015.

If Maccagnan were going to lose this power struggle in the end, it goes without saying it would've been better for the Jets to realize that months ago before making those signings and moving forward with the draft.

Now the team must find a new general manager at an awkward time of year, when the overwhelming majority of National Football League executives have already settled into jobs for the season.

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