Just when the New York Jets look as if they're finally heading in the right direction, the organization takes two massive steps backward. The latest blunder? The Jets fired GM Mike Maccagnan and VP of Player Personnel Brian Heimerdinger on Wednesday morning. In a corresponding move, the Jets have named head coach Adam Gase as the interim GM.
The main question racing through the minds of Jets fans is surely, "Why now?"
The most confusing part of his sacking is that the team let him go so late into the offseason rather than opting for a full-on overhaul back in January. After sticking with him through the draft and free agency, it seemed as if Maccagnan was in East Rutherford to stay.
The Jets had just as much an opportunity to cut him loose in January, before building a roster of players that Maccagnan had acquired and drafted. Rather than dismiss Maccagnan alongside head coach Todd Bowles, the Jets allowed him to revamp the roster and spend a ton on free agents before pushing him aside.
New York entered the fray of free agency with the expectation that they would be big spenders, and they lived up to the bill. Having as much cap space as they did would've made the GM position an extremely attractive job, as an incoming executive would be able to land a few big-name players as well as some quality depth guys.
The Jets will now be in a difficult position of having to identify a new GM and persuade him to join the organization without having a say in his coaching staff or the team's offseason acquisitions.
Jets fan are likely excited about the prospect of a winning season on the horizon, and the fanbase's improved expectations are largely due to the work of Maccagnan via free agency and the NFL Draft. He's made the Jets into (what appears to be) a solid squad, but the team decided to cut him loose, despite the two years remaining on his contract.
There were some inklings of unrest between Gase and Maccagnan, though the team and both parties denied any truth to those reports. But now, Gase is the acting GM and head coach of a roster full of players Maccagnan sought out.
Some things never change.
For a team that has endured so many years as a laughingstock of the league, the Jets continue to make it easy for the rest of the 31 franchises to write them off. This latest move truly epitomizes the incompetence within the organization.