This morning NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that “the team is expected to hire Texans college scouting director Mike Maccagnan as the new general manager, according to two sources informed of their thinking.”
Woody Johnson, along with consultants Ron Wolf and Charlie Casserly, interviewed numerous candidates for GM but over the past few days they really focused their attention on Maccagnan. Maccagnan, who has close ties to Casserly as Casserly hired Maccagnan when he was with the Washington Redskins and again when he was with the Houston Texans, has been with the Texans scouting department since 2000.
This will be Maccagnan’s first crack at a GM job but Johnson and his consultants clearly felt they needed to go in the opposite direction as the last GM they hired as Maccagnan’s, along with all the other candidates they interviewed, background is in scouting and player evaluation. Maccagnan will most likely have to rely on the current Jets scouting department to help carry the load with working on this year’s draft but after the draft is over fans can expect the complete overhaul of the scouting department that they have been clamoring for.
Maccagnan is widely respected around the league for his scouting/player evaluation ability and will want to bring in scouts/player personnel guys he is comfortable with and trusts their judgement but of course all of the pressure will now be placed squarely on his shoulders.
Where ex-GM John Idzik looked a measured approach to free agency Maccagnan will not only have money to burn (between $40-50 million under the cap this offseason) but will have to start burning that money immediately both because of Idzik’s lack of spending and also to meet the salary cap floor.
The roster Maccagnan will take over is in much better shape than the one that Idzik inherited but is still littered with holes. Maccagnan will have to spend the available money wisely and draft well to plug those holes or he could find himself unemployed fast just like his predecessor. But if Maccagnan can build a successful roster and somehow win a Super Bowl here he will be treated as a god and that certainly had to be extremely appealing to him.
Stay turned for more information as this post will be updated when the news is official and we will of course provide details for the introductory press conference when it is scheduled.