I don’t have any sympathy for Mike Maccagnan.

His firing was overdue. He had four years to try his hand at being the Jets’ general manager, and his record was objectively poor in almost every category. He didn’t show the big picture vision necessary to build a Super Bowl contender. And there is something poetic about him being pushed out because he lost a power struggle. Just months ago he orchestrated a media campaign designed to make sure Todd Bowles and not he paid the price for the team’s disappointing season.

He needed to be relieved of his duties. I am convinced of that.

But as they do so frequently, the Jets have somehow managed to bungle things even when they are making an obvious move.

Much of the discussion from today’s change will revolve around the timing. I have already seen many comments beginning with, “The timing isn’t ideal, but.”

There is no but.

The reasons Mike Maccagnan should have been fired in January are only tangentially related to Mike Maccagnan.

The end goal was not to simply fire the general manager who was in place. Firing Mike Maccagnan was a means to an end, not an end itself.

The end is building a team of competent professionals who work well together and are capable of executing a shared vision. That was the reason for firing Maccagnan in January.

This was a chance for a reset. The people in place were not capable of competently executing a vision. It was time to change.

Instead the Jets decided to take a half measure. Maccagnan stayed. Todd Bowles went.

The day after Bowles’ firing was announced, team CEO Chris Johnson indicated he would not consider any coach who wanted to take Maccagnan’s power and influence.

Maccagnan’s influence meant the Jets could cross any coach with a distinguished resume off their list from the outset. Coaches with good resumes have options, and they can extract more power.

Maccagnan’s influence went beyond merely keeping his job, though. Multiple potential matches for the head coaching job reportedly fell apart because the general manager insisted in having a say over the assistants who would be hired. That’s very heavy handed stuff which further whittles down the candidates willing to work for your team.

In the end the Jets had to settle for Adam Gase, a coach who had just been fired after a sub-.500 run with a division rival. He was not the team’s first …read more

Source:: Daily Times


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