Mike Maccagnan addresses reports about his future

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It’s not uncommon for teams to change General Managers after the draft, since that’s when the work-year for an executive usually ends. On Friday, Jets G.M. Mike Maccagnan addressed rumors that, this year, he’ll be one of the General Managers to go.

“I don’t think I’m really going to sit here and comment about my job,” Maccagnan told reporters on Friday, via Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. “I’m focused on the draft. I feel good about the situation we’re in.”

The rumors and reports are nevertheless out there. Two difference league sources told PFT on Friday afternoon that, after the draft, Maccagnan quite possibly will be relieved of his duties.

It would be a surprise, given that Maccagnan survived the termination of coach Todd Bowles, who was hired when Maccagnan arrived. If a change were going to be made, it would have made more sense to make it then.

In recent weeks, however, suggestions have emerged of friction between Maccagnan and new coach Adam Gase.

“Actually, I think Adam and I have worked very well together,” Maccagnan said Friday. “I’m sure, like in any process, there are times where . . .  you know, you work through the process.

“It’s just like in a scouting meeting. You might have different opinions on a player. But, from my standpoint, I’ve actually had a very good working relationship with Adam. Quite frankly, as I’ve said before, he has a very good sense of humor. He makes me laugh quite a bit, which is one of the reasons why I like working with him.”

Cimini reports that Maccagnan and Gase “had disagreements over certain personnel decisions during free agency,” and that “CEO Christopher Johnson started spending more time at the facility to observe the dynamic between the coach and General Manager.” (Cimini cites another unnamed source in support of the notion that Johnson’s increased presence “has nothing to do with Gase and Maccagnan.”)

Some have pointed to the decision to sign running back Le'Veon Bell as the biggest sticking point between Gase and Maccagnan. (Or, more accurately, the decision to pay Bell as much as the Jets did, given that the Jets likely could have gotten him for significantly less.) Bell’s decision to skip a voluntary minicamp this week gave Gase plenty of ammunition for a round of I told you so’s within the team’s facility.

The fact that the cat is out of the bag could end up being a factor in whatever Johnson does. And depending on the amount of internal chaos that this issue creates in the next couple of days, who knows how Johnson will decide to proceed? It would be strange if not unprecedented for Johnson to put all options on the table in late April, but it’s safe to say it’s already strange.

17 responses to “Mike Maccagnan addresses reports about his future

  1. It’s time to let Maccagnan go if indeed Bell decided to skip the voluntary workouts after he gave him to what is essentially is an oversized contract. Let’s discount the pick on Sam Darnold, any competent GM would have traded up in last years draft anyway to get the QB. Darnold fell into the Jets lap, plain and simple.

  2. This makes no sense to get rid of him. He found his franchise QB. Seems to be having a good draft so far and now they decide to get rid of him? This is ridiculous

  3. His use of the word “actually” infers to things certainly brewing. It’s like he is about to be fired, but “actually” not really for the reasons mentioned. He’s done very, very little to merit sticking around.

  4. He’s gotta go. Jet’s fans have seen nothing, done nothing, and had nothing during his tenure.

  5. Maccagnan took over a 4-12 team.
    4 years later the team is still 4-12.

    In those 4 years he has had the #6 pick three times.
    He has had 2 very good picks in 4 years: Jamal Admas (#6) and Sam darnold (who he had to give up three #2s to move up to get).
    He has drafted Leonard Williams who is good but not great at #6 as well.
    Othe rthan these three, in 4 years there are maybe a couple of other decent picks. Maybe Markus Maye (2nd round pick) can stay healthy and become a good player.

    Many other GMs find good starters in the 3rd, 4th , 5th,
    Maccagnana has done a below average job.
    He’s in the middle of his 5th draft.
    He was handed the #3 pick and Quinnen Williams fell to him. He didn’t make some brilliant pick, he took the best player available. As for his 3rd round picks, we’ll see.

    Mike Maccagnan has demonstarted that he’s a mediocre at best GM. Capable of making a .500 team if given 5-6 years.
    Is that what you want in a GM?

    I’d rather try my luck and move on.

  6. If Maccagnan was going to hire a lousy coach, he should have at least found one he can get along with……

  7. He’s been horrific as a GM. When he took over the team the Jets had a terrible offensive line. Four years later the offensive line is even worse and he’s spent exactly one day 1 or day 2 pick on Oline. Four times he’s drafted inside the top 10 and not once has he traded down.

    Watch how the Colts work a draft and compare that to Maccagnan

  8. Would be a mistake to get rid of him now. Basically hands over power to Gase – which definitely is not a good idea. That being said, MM is on a super short leash.

  9. This is Gase wanting control over the roster decisions and throwing McCaganan under the bus. Gase is a control freak who will have problems anywhere he goes. He is the only GM to potentially land a franchise QB. Anyway, who were the two schmucks the Jets relied on to pick MM and Bowles?
    Charlie Casserly and RonWolfe?

  10. It starts with ownership and Woody Johnson is a lousy owner and a dilettante billionaire who inherited his money. I don’t think he knows what real work is. The guy’s own personal life is a mess so expecting him to be able to run a business and be a leader is out of the picture. One of the few good things Donald did for NY/NJ was to send Woody away to London.

    Looks at the Knicks/Rangers and Dolan. As long as Dolan owns them both of those teams are condemned to the garabage dump.

    Same reason the Patriots are so good … It starts at the top with leadership

    Since Woody left to be Trump’s boy in London, his baby brother has done a much better job. Mac was Woody’s hire and it never was a good one.

    Let’s see if Johnson Jr. steps up to the plate and has what it takes to make another badly needed change.

  11. >>darladoesmydictategood says:

    It starts with ownership and Woody Johnson is a lousy owner and a dilettante billionaire who inherited his money.

    Since Woody left to be Trump’s boy in London, his baby brother has done a much better job. Mac was Woody’s hire and it never was a good one.

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    neither has done a good job. His brother (Chris) gave Bowles and maccagnan a 2 year extension then fired Bowles at the end of the season.
    Maccagnan has had 4 years. Isn’t that enough time to prove that he’s not a very good GM?

    Why stick with a below average GM? Because it could be worse? So what? You go 3-13 instead of 5-11, both stink.
    You clean house and get a new GM, unless you are Chris Johnson.

    The worst thing about a lame duck GM is they reach and make desperate moves.

    Le’Veon Bell just PAID, though not as much as he imagined he’d get. And he stats things off by not coming to voluntary workouts to get on the same page as his QB?

  12. indiapalealeblog says:
    April 27, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    neither has done a good job. His brother (Chris) gave Bowles and maccagnan a 2 year extension then fired Bowles at the end of the season.
    Maccagnan has had 4 years. Isn’t that enough time to prove that he’s not a very good GM?

    Why stick with a below average GM? Because it could be worse? So what? You go 3-13 instead of 5-11, both stink.
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    Since I said “Let’s see if Johnson Jr. steps up to the plate and has what it takes to make another badly needed change.”, I am wondering what gave even an atomic particle sized idea I thought Mac should stay?

    BTW, Johnson Jr has done a much better job than his brother. Take note I said better than his brother, but did not say he had done a good job.

    Love to hear your thoughts and NFL views, just don’t attribute things to me I didn’t say in order to make your points.

  13. I’ve always thought it weird to see a GM fired AFTER the draft. I mean, you just let the guy pick all of these players(and have all of the responsibility that goes with it) and then you fire him?

  14. Maccagnan reminds me of Tannenbaum, a lousy GM for Fins as well as Jets. Since 2016, the Jets have sucked, 4-12 all three years. Firing Bowles, while a good idea, won’t help the Jets unless they are doing what they should have been doing for years–a complete rebuild (which the Dolphins–FINALLY!–are now doing…it worked in the early 70s, right?), and they won’t be doing that with a lousy GM and a coach like Gase, who didn’t do what he could have done in Miami (since he brought in crappy Cutler to replace injured Tannehill, when he just should have kept Matt Moore, who took Miami into the 2016 playoffs).

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