The New York Jets have announced the firing of general manager Mike Maccagnan. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that vice president of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger has also been fired.
The Jets went 10-6 in Maccagnan's first season in 2015 but have gone just 14-34 since, so this didn't come out of nowhere, but the timing is bizarre. Why give Maccagnan an entire offseason to make moves only to fire him before we see how those moves play out? What changed in New York in the few weeks since the draft?
The team has announced that newly hired head coach Adam Gase will take over as interim GM as the search for a permanent replacement begins.
UPDATE: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that Maccagnan was dismissed in part because Gase felt he overspent on contracts for Le'Veon Bell and C.J. Mosley in free agency while failing to acquire Gase's preferred target, Matt Paradis. Which begs the question: if Gase and Maccagnan had such radically different philosophies of player evaluation, why didn't it come up months ago when Gase was hired? Why saddle Gase with contracts he (allegedly) didn't want only to fire the man who made those decisions? Unless Gase is able to maintain long-term control of the team, this seems like a lose-lose for everyone involved.