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.
Statement from Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson on Mike Maccagnan. pic.twitter.com/cHWNJzExLp— New York Jets (@nyjets) May 15, 2019
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 have fired GM Mike Maccagnan and VP of Player Personnel Brian Heimerdinger, league sources told @jeffdarlington and me. Maccagnan had two years left on his contract.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 15, 2019
Jets are in position to have strong season thanks to Maccagnan and Heimerdinger.
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.
The #Jets vehemently denied any rift between Mike Maccagnan and Adam Gase. They reiterated over and over that there would be no change after the draft.— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) May 15, 2019
The circus act they’ve worked so hard to rid themselves of is back.
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.
Jets let their GM:— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) May 15, 2019
Go nuts in 2018 free agency
Trade everything to draft Sam Darnold
Fire Todd Bowles
Hire Adam Gase
Spend tons of money on Le’Veon Bell
Spend tons of money on CJ Mosley + more
Run the 2019 NFL Draft
Then fired him.
Justified or not the process is real weird.
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.