If the New York Jets ultimately replace fired GM Mike Maccagnan with the talented personnel pairing of the Philadelphia Eagles' Joe Douglas and rising NFL Network star Daniel Jeremiah, as ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Wednesday is being discussed, Gang Green arguably will have upgraded.
Maccagnan went 24-40 in four seasons as the Jets boss, with more than a few egregious decisions and squandered resources along the way. Conversely, Douglas is as highly thought of as any personnel man in the league, and Jeremiah hails from the same Ozzie Newsome school of scouting and has plenty of experience and advocates in NFL circles.
But not unlike the arrangement in Oakland with HC Jon Gruden and new GM Mike Mayock, who was lured from NFL Network to the Raiders by Gruden, if Jets HC Adam Gase is still the man calling the shots, would it even matter?
Gase supposedly was hired — by Maccagnan! — to be entrusted first and foremost with the development of QB Sam Darnold. That's a heck of a lot different than also now being emboldened with the construction of the Jets new front office. After all, look at what just happened in Miami when Gase was given the final say on decisions that ranged far beyond coaching.
And although we remain bullish on Gase's ability to develop quarterbacks, even if his best skins on the wall are working with an already-first ballot Hall of Famer in Peyton Manning and coaxing one good (not great) season from Jay Cutler, it'll be a lot harder if he's spending his time cleaning up other messes.
For instance, what might newcomers Le'Veon Bell and C.J. Mosley — suddenly the organization's two most valuable assets not named Sam Darnold — be thinking today? They have Twitter and NFL Network. They'll see the reports that Gase didn't value either player the same way as Maccagnan. Ideally, their singular focus this spring and summer would be on becoming the centerpieces of their respective new units, not wondering whether what Gase says to them is disingenuous.
Gase's locker rooms in Miami were largely disasters, and his solutions were shipping out good players like Jay Ajayi, Jordan Phillips and Ndamukong Suh who didn't buy in to his hard-nosed style. Will his two most important non-QBs with the Jets be more or less willing to buy in with the curtain already pulled back on his new team's dysfunction? Because under their current deals, they aren't being traded anytime soon.
The smartest thing the Jets can do right now would be to pull back Gase's power and reallocate his energy and expertise to Darnold and building the Jets offense. But instead of being part of the potential solution for a a bumbling Jets franchise, Gase might already be part of their latest problem.