The New York Jets have fired general manager Mike Maccagnan and said coach Adam Gase will serve as the acting GM in his place.
The stunning decision by team chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson was announced in a statement posted Wednesday on the team’s Twitter account.
Statement from Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson on Mike Maccagnan. pic.twitter.com/cHWNJzExLp
— New York Jets (@nyjets) May 15, 2019
Johnson says he made the move after assessing what would be in the Jets’ best interests.
The timing is strange considering Maccagnan oversaw the Jets’ draft less than three weeks ago, although there were rumors that he and Gase had some tension — which both denied.
Maccagnan, who was hired as GM in 2015, was not relieved of his duties this past offseason when coach Todd Bowles was fired.
Instead, he was fully involved in hiring Gase as the team’s new coach.
Maccagnan was also active in free agency in March, spending big bucks to land the likes of running back Le’Veon Bell and linebacker C.J. Mosely.
The firing immediately brought a wave of criticism on social media.
The Jets’ plan, recapped:
1. Let Mike Maccagnan run a free agency period in which they spent $191.2M on Le’Veon Bell, C.J. Mosley, Jamison Crowder and Henry Anderson.
2. Let Maccaggnan run a draft in which they had the 3rd pick.
3. Fire Maccaggnan three weeks after the draft.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 15, 2019
SO YOU WAIT TIL AFTER THE DRAFT????
— Aaron Kaplan (@aaronkaplann) May 15, 2019
TFW you somehow parlay getting fired by the Dolphins into a successful coach/GM power play in New York in just 4 months pic.twitter.com/pEBzep7Grp
— Mike Herndon (@MikeMiracles) May 15, 2019
This is so DISGUSTING!!!!! Well I just pulled back on renewing my season tickets
— Bryant Lewis (@proudpop20) May 15, 2019
Hey everybody! The CIRCUS is back in town!
— ⚪️⭐️Starchild⭐️⚫️ (@ultshanator) May 15, 2019
Hey Johnson family … SELL THE TEAM AND GO BACK TO DOING SOMETHING YOU KNOW – MAKING SOAP AND BAND AIDS ! I just want to have an owner who believes in this team and will put a winning product on the field.
— Mike Fragapane (@TRex21605) May 15, 2019
— Closed Fist (@pa5510natew0lf) May 15, 2019
The Jets fired Bowles in December after finishing 4-12 last season.
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