Jets Fire General Manager Mike Maccagnan

Jets Fire General Manager Mike Maccagnan

May 15, 2019

The Jets fired their general manager, Mike Maccagnan, on Wednesday. It was a curiously timed move, coming just after the N.F.L. draft and free-agency period, during which Maccagnan was a key player.

Coach Adam Gase will serve as interim general manager until the team finds a person for the job full time.

The Jets’ chief executive, Christopher Johnson, said in a brief statement: “Mike helped to execute the strategic vision of the organization during the last four seasons and especially the last four 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 Jets have struggled in recent years, winning four games last season after two consecutive five-win seasons. The team last made the playoffs after the 2010 season.

In the off-season, though, they raised hopes by signing several potentially important players, including running back Le’Veon Bell, who sat out 2018 in a salary dispute with the Steelers.

In the draft, the team selected Quinnen Williams, the Alabama defensive tackle, with the third overall pick, then took a chance in the third round on linebacker Jachai Polite of Florida, a talented player who had performed poorly at the league’s scouting combine.

Todd Bowles, the coach for the last four seasons, was fired at the end of last season. Maccagnan was part of the team that picked Gase, the former Dolphins coach, to replace Bowles in January.

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