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Jets fire GM Mike Maccagnan, VP of Player Personnel Brian Heimerdinger

5/15/2019 10:57:14 AM
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The New York Jets have fired General Manager Mike Maccagnan and Vice President of Player Personnel Brian Heimerdinger on Wednesday according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

 "I came to the decision to make a change after much thought and a careful assessment of what would be in the best long-term interests of the New York Jets," CEO Christopher Johnson said in a statement. There had long been word of a rift between Maccagnan and new coach Adam Gase, which Gase tried to downplay last week, but this pretty much clears it up that something wasn't working between the two.

 Maccagnan spent four years on the job, with the Jets going 10-6 his first season only to string together a 14-34 record 2016-2018. Maccagnan's drafts left a lot to be desired, especially his 2016 one that netted Darron Lee, Christian Hackenberg, and Jordan Jenkins in the first three rounds. Sam Darnold fell into the Jets' laps last year. Not finding any sort of edge rushing presence year in and year out was a major blunder.  Still, the timing of these moves is odd given that Maccagnan was left in charge of the team's 2019 draft despite his past mistakes only to be canned a couple of weeks later.  And he was in charge of an aggressive free agency spending spree that netted running back Le'Veon Bell and linebacker C.J. Mosley.  McCagnan had two years left on his contract.

Gase is the interim GM while the Jets search for a replacement.

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