Firing GM Mike Maccagnan just another confusing move by Jets
By Salwa Saad
Taking into consideration the fact that Mike Maccagnan has been the General Manager of the New York Jets since 2015, and that he had signed a contract that extended to 2020. it came as rather a shock that he has been fired by the Jets. The announcement was met with a myriad of reactions.
If the Jets had not been in agreement with his decisions why did they let him make so many decisions without any interference? At the same time, this off season carried a lot of weight for the Jets especially with 14 wins in the past three seasons, and Maccagnan was trusted with the task.
So why was he fired?
Allowing Maccagnan to make so many crucial decisions – as was seen over the last several months – was not by chance, and the Jets must have known what they were doing, otherwise it is an indication that they did not know what they were doing so, they left all the decisions to him.
If that is the case then, why are they firing him now?
There are rumors that there was a rift between Maccagnan and new head coach Adam Gase. If so, then why have they been put together in the first place? Of course, Gase has gone on to deny the existence of any such rift and asserting that the relationship was smooth and businesslike. And if they had not been of the same vision, then how is it the GM is fired while the coach stays on?
It is rather confusing, but if they knew that GM and coach do not see eye-to-eye, why then did they hire that particular coach? The GM was already there, the logic would have been to get a coach that has the same vision.
Is the timing right to go through such a phase after spending so much in free agency and adding another crop of rookies via the draft? Doubt may arise as to whether Gase wanted them on board, and how is he to coach them with more reports around that Gase did not want money spent on a running back?
There so many question marks around the issue, and somehow they are more like a puzzle that was never meant to fit together. The Jets have always been a team with issues, but this is one issue that is more like a mess than any that they have been subjected to previously.
It would have made sense if they had fired him after the last season was over, at the time that they had fired Todd Bowles as head coach, and they had come on board together. Then, a new GM as well as coach would have been an ideal solution.
As it is, with all the changes he has implemented, it simply leaves far more questions than answers, and the Chairman/CEO Christopher Johnson hasn’t exactly been the most transparent. He has appointed Gase to act as GM while he looks for a replacement.
Perhaps some clarity will come in the next days or weeks. Meanwhile, fans are simply left to wonder.