No, that is not a headline from “The Onion” online. And, yes, the Jets are making a GM switch in mid-May and turning to a coach who they just hired in January, Adam Gase, to help them.
New York CEO Christopher Johnson made the stunning announcement that they had parted ways with Mike Maccagnan through the team’s website and social media late Wednesday morning:
Statement from Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson on Mike Maccagnan. pic.twitter.com/cHWNJzExLp
— New York Jets (@nyjets) May 15, 2019
As you are probably aware, Gase was previously the Dolphins head coach for the past three seasons, before back to back losing campaigns cost him his job last December. Gase debuted in South Florida with a playoff season (10-6) in year one, but his next two teams sunk to 13-19, missing the playoffs both times.
However, Gase didn’t stay out of work long, as the AFC East rival Jets hired him just over a week after the season ended, and we wrote at the time that soon to be Hall of Fame QB, Peyton Manning, gave Gase a huge endorsement to Johnson and the Jets.
It’s not surprising that the former Broncos and Colts Super Bowl winning QB, Manning, made a phone call on Gase’s behalf. It’s very well-known from when Gase was hired by the Dolphins that Manning was also advocating for him then, to owner Stephen Ross about Gase getting his first head coaching opportunity.
Gase and Manning worked together, when Manning arrived to Denver in 2012 and later made the Superbowl together. And, obviously his fondness for his former quarterbacks coach has continued.
Back to the Jets situation, Maccagnan was responsible for drafting QB Sam Darnold a year ago, landing former Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell in free agency in March, and then taking DT Quinnen Williams from Alabama with the third overall pick last month.
Still, it apparently wasn’t good enough for him to keep his job.
Now, Gase has more authority, albeit likely only in the short term, as interim GM. An interesting tidbit is that Gase is the only NFL head coach to have those titles, at the moment.
And we did write about how Jet fans and media destroyed Gase’s opening press conference performance back in January, too. So, New York sports radio and the internet have to be exploding with punch lines this afternoon.
Time will tell on whom and when, the Jets will bring in to assist Gase.
And you have to wonder, if Ross isn’t having a private laugh at the Jets expense.
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