It is never dull in the land of the New York Jets. This morning they have stunned by firing general manager Mike Maccagnan. Here is the statement from acting owner Christopher Johnson:
“This morning, I informed Mike that he was being relieved of his duties as General Manager of the team, effective immediately. Mike helped to execute the strategic vision of the organization during the last four seasons and especially the past few months. However, I came to the decision to make a change after much thought and a careful assessment of what would be in the best long-term interests of the New York Jets.
I will start a search for our new General Manager immediately. In the interim, Coach Gase will be the acting General Manager.
For anyone that thought Brian Heimerdinger was going to get his chance at the job, he has been fired as well. As stated above, coach Adam Gase will serve as the general manager while the team searches for a replacement.
Now, many Jets fans will be thrilled to see Maccagnan out the door, and with good reason. There is so much empirical evidence we don’t even have time to go through it. He’s made decent trades, he’s made bad trades and been a below average GM during the draft, at best. Despite his award for Executive of the Year in 2015, the fact remains that the Jets haven’t made the playoffs during his tenure.
But the timing makes no sense. Say what you want about Maccagnan, and I have done the same. However, he did sign Le’Veon Bell to a very reasonable contract. He added the versatile Ty Montgomery to back him up and Jamison Crowder as yet another option for Sam Darnold.
He drafted Quinnen Williams in the first round and may have taken the steal of the draft in Jachai Polite in the third.
What is my point? The Jets allowed Maccagnan to set up the course of 2019. Ultimately, he was the guy that made the call on the acquisitions that have been made thus far. To this point in 2019, the roster was put together with his vision, through his eyes. Now, if you find another general manager, he has to take Maccagnan’s vision and see it through 2019.
It almost becomes a lost year for the new general manager. He can’t really direct the roster based on how he thinks until after 2019. Then we see the team start to change, again?
It’s as if the Jets realized that keeping Maccagnan was wrong, figured it out today but forgot that it has been four months. They tried to make up for the mistake of keeping him in the first place. But four months later it just doesn’t make sense to remove him now. Time doesn’t stand still.
Now Adam Gase will take over the job, at least for now. Ultimately, maybe he will be the guy in charge as well. If he had a problem working with the guy who hired him, and you want Gase to thrive as your coach, why bring in someone else he will clash with?
One thing is for sure is that this will be interesting to see where it goes from here. It does, however, seem like a poorly timed decision that reminds us how the Jets just don’t get it.