The New York Jets are making a big chance at the top of their front office heading into the 2019 season.
General manager Mike Maccagnan has been relieved of his duties, the team announced Wednesday:
Statement from Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson on Mike Maccagnan. pic.twitter.com/cHWNJzExLp
— New York Jets (@nyjets) May 15, 2019
“This morning, I informed Mike that he was being relieved of his duties as general manager of the team, effective immediately,” Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson said in an official statement. “Mike helped to execute the strategic vision of the organization over 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.”
The move comes just weeks after the completion of the 2019 NFL draft, removing Maccagnan from the post he’s held since 2015.
Head coach Adam Gase will serve as interim general manager, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:
The #Jets name coach Adam Gase interim GM as they search for a new one. Clearly, Gase will be heavily involved in the new person in charge of personnel.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 15, 2019
While the Jets finished with a 10-6 record after Maccagnan’s first season after taking the GM job, the team has gone just 14-34 over the past three seasons since.
As noted by Rapoport, this move makes it clear that Gase will have a heavy influence in the personnel side of building the Jets team he will coach, and it’s likely that influence was wielded throughout the 2019 NFL draft.
This was Maccagnan’s first NFL general manager job, following long stints in personnel departments for the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins. He also spent time in scouting for multiple teams in the Canadian Football League, as well as the World Football League and NFL Europe’s London Monarchs.