The New York Jets have relieved general manager (GM) Mike Maccagnan of his duties and have named first-year Adam Gase as the interim in the same position.
The team has also fired Vice President of Player Personnel Brian Heimerdinger.
The firings of Maccagnan and Heimerdinger occurred nearly three weeks after the NFL Draft, where the Jets selected Alabama defensive tackle Quennen Williams in the first round.
Gase was hired back in January, to replace former head coach Todd Bowles. Bowles was hired by Maccagnan as head coach for the four seasons, before being fired at the end of the 2018 season.
“There were persistent rumblings in the weeks leading up to the draft that the Jets would be making macro-level changes, front office changes after the draft.”@JasonLaCanfora breaks down the Jets’ decision to fire GM Mike Maccagnan. pic.twitter.com/BmNDgCpCXJ— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) May 15, 2019
Maccagnan was hired in 2015, replacing John Idzik who only lasted two seasons as the prior GM for New York.
During Maccagnan’s tenure, the team went 24-40. The Jets’ best season came in 2015, when they went 10-6, but missed the playoffs. They would go 5-11 for back-to-back seasons (2016-17) and have finished 4-12 last season.
Even though Maccagnan had only two years left on his contract, the team has upgraded via free agency under Maccagnan this offseason with signings of linebacker C.J. Mosley and running back Le’Veon Bell.
Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson has issued a statement regarding the position changes and the firings within the organization.
Johnson has also said that the search for a new general manager has started immediately.
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