Jets coach Adam Gase on Monday made his first comments about the team’s firing of general manager Mike Maccagnan, who lost an apparent four-month power struggle to Gase.
Gase was asked for his reaction to the Maccagnan firing — and whether he agrees or disagrees with the notion that he had anything to do with it.
“I disagree with that, as far as a power struggle,” Gase told reporters Monday. “Because whoever is getting hired [as the new GM] is going to have the same role — control of the roster. I will coach the football team. That’s what I’m going to do. Nothing is changing in that structure.”
Gase said he felt “surprised” when acting owner Christopher Johnson told him Tuesday night that Maccagnan was fired. The decision was announced Wednesday.
“That’s what it was,” Gase said. “He’s the owner. In this business, [expletive] like that happens all the time. It happened to me last year [when the Dolphins fired Gase]. I think that’s what it is. I mean, I work for [Johnson]. That’s how we’re aligned, is the GM and the head coach both report to the owner. That’s the way it is."
Gase was not expected to address the Maccagnan firing Monday. He was expected to wait until his Thursday press conference — after the Jets’ first open organized team activities practice (and third OTAs session overall) — to address the matter.