Leave it to the New York Jets to do something that raises eyebrows and leaves the football community befuddled:
Statement from Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson on Mike Maccagnan. pic.twitter.com/cHWNJzExLp
— New York Jets (@nyjets) May 15, 2019
The Jets have fired General Manager Mike Maccagnan in what is a curiously timed dismissal.
It was Maccagnan who engineered the deal to trade up in order to select quarterback Sam Darnold in the 2018 NFL Draft. Since then, Maccagnan has been aggressive in shaking up the Jets’ organization. Maccagnan started the offseason by firing Todd Bowles and replacing him at head coach with Adam Gase, followed by shelling out big-money free agent contracts to running back Le’Veon Bell and linebacker C.J. Mosley, then orchestrating the happenings at the 2019 NFL Draft. Is the ink on those contracts even signed? Jeez. Firing the guy who did a ton of heavy lifting in your rebuilding plan shortly after the process is complete falls somewhere on the spectrum between odd, foolish, and incompetent. Or simply, Jets-y.
And then there is Gase, who has gone from being fired as the Miami Dolphins head coach to being the Jets’ head coach AND general manager four months later is freaking wild.
Gase’s career arc is almost too good to be true. He used a career year from an aging Peyton Manning to springboard into being the Bears’ offensive coordinator, then parlayed Jay Cutler’s most efficient year with the Bears into a head-coaching opportunity. And even after being fired by that organization after putting together just one playoff season, he falls upward into a head-coaching gig and GM position in the same division.
I’d venture to say Gase is living a charmed football life. But then again, he’s still working for the Jets.