New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, defensive back Rontez Miles and punter Lac Edwards leave the field after losing to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, defensive back Rontez Miles and punter Lac Edwards leave the field after losing to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets fired head coach Todd Bowles on Dec. 30 after the 55-year-old spent four seasons with the team. Bowles finished his tenure with a 24-40 record -- winning 10 of his first 15 games at the helm. Bowles' Jets finished 5-11 in 2016 and '17, then went 4-12 this season. In hopes of turning a new page, New York isn't wasting time hunting for a replacement.


Here are the latest updates on the Jets' search for a new head coach:

Jan. 9, 8:40 PM:

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed that the Jets will hire former Dolphins head coach Adam Gase as their 19th head coach in franchise history. Gase was fired after three seasons in Miami, where he went 23-25 overall including a 10-6 playoff team in his rookie season in 2016. 

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Jan. 9, 7:31 PM: 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Baylor head coach Matt Rhule informed the players on his team that he will be staying at school, which takes his name out of the running for the Jets' job. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano furthered the report saying the Jets wanted to give Rhule a list of assistants with NFL experience to hire to his staff. But Rhule didn't agree with that idea, and pulled his name from the running.

With Rhule out, that leaves Mike McCarthy and Adam Gase to choose from as their next head coach. McCarthy, the more accomplished between the two, has reportedly made it known that the Jets' vacancy is the only job he wants to fill.  

Jan 9. 5:18 PM:

The Jets' search for a new head coach has seemingly narrowed down to final few names, and much of the speculation on Wednesday centered around Rhule. 

And when the Jets finally do make their decision, he might be their choice. But don't rule out McCarthy and Gase yet.

Both the former Packers coach and former Dolphins coach are still very much in the mix for the job, according to a source familiar with the Jets' thinking. 

It appears that those two and Rhule are the final three, though at least one league source believes Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken might still be under consideration.

At the moment it's not clear what is holding up the final decision.

The Jets know McCarthy wants the job, but since he made $6 million per year in Green Bay he could be very expensive. 

Rhule would be cheaper, but Baylor University might give him a significant raise in an effort to keep him if the Jets try to hire him away.

It's unclear if money is a factor at all in the process or if negotiations with any of them are even under way. 

All that is clear is that the Jets apparently haven't officially ruled any of them out yet. 

The expectation is the Jets will have a new head coach in place by the end of the week. So far five of the eight openings for NFL head coaches have been filled.

Jan 8, 5:06 PM:

The Cardinals announce Kliff Kingsbury as their next head coach. 

The Jets announce that their interview with Buc offensive coordinate Todd Monken is complete.

Jan 8, 3:15 PM:

After interviewing Kliff Kingsbury on Monday, the former Texas Tech head coach is reportedly close to finalizing a deal with the Arizona Cardinals, per NFL Network. 

Ralph's Take: That former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury landed with the Arizona Cardinals did not come as a surprise to the Jets, according to an NFL source. They knew the Cards had been trying to pry him from his new job at USC for a while, and they had been told he would likely take their job if it was offered.

They pursued an interview with him anyway for a couple of reasons: One, because you never know. He had emerged as a hot name on the coaching carousel with a reputation for developing young quarterbacks, and maybe he could have wowed them and vice versa. Or maybe, if the Cards job fell through and the Jets didn't want him as a head coach, they could have lured him as an offensive coordinator.

And the other was to hear his thoughts on the Jets' offense and their young quarterback Sam Darnold. Smart NFL teams often use the interview process not just as a way to find an NFL coach, but to get some much-needed outside perspective on their organization and their plan.

None of that is to say the Jets weren't interested in Kingsbury. They were. They just knew he wasn't likely to end up as their head coach.

Who will? Well, they have announced five candidates - Mike McCarthy, Jim Caldwell, Adam Gase, Eric Bieniemy and Kris Richard, and they are interviewing a sixth (Todd Monken) today. All of them have NFL experience. They also reportedly have talked to Baylor coach Matt Rhule, though it's not clear if they formally interviewed him.

At the moment, there are no other known candidates, so the Jets' choice might emerge in the next couple of days.

Jan 8, 2:01 PM:

Kliff Kingsbury left for Arizona Tuesday morning to interview for the Cardinals job, thus completing his interview with the Jets, per NFL Network's Pete Schrager

Jan 7, 3:40 PM:

The Jets are meeting with USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury on Monday, according to FS1's Bruce Feldman. Kingsbury was initially denied permission to interview for NFL jobs from the university but appears to have been granted that permission. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Kingsbury still employed by the university despite reports he may have resigned. 

Jan. 7, 2:43 PM:

The Jets completed an interview with Jim Caldwell on Monday. Caldwell was fired as Lions head coach after the 2017 season after four seasons as head coach, including two playoff appearances. 

The Jets will aslo talk to Baylor coach Matt Rhule before interviewing Bucs OC Todd Monken on Tuesday, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. 

Jan. 6, 8:04 PM:

Mike McCarthy is still a candidate for the Jets' job, an NFL source told SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano, and as far as the team knows, the former Packers coach has not made any big decisions about his future. There has always been a chance that he'd choose to sit out the 2019 season, as one report on Sunday said he planned to do. But after interviewing him on Friday and Saturday, the source said, the Jets believe he's still interested in their job.

That could always change, but for now it does appear that McCarthy has "warmed" to the idea of coaching the Jets, as one source told SNY on Saturday. The only two jobs he's currently planning to interview for are the Jets job and the Browns job. He postponed his interview with the Browns a few days ago, but it is expected to take place this week.

McCarthy does still appear to be a favorite, particularly of Jets CEO Christopher Johnson, according to a source. The Jets went into the search hoping to find an experienced head coach with an offensive mind and someone who could help develop young quarterback Sam Darnold and energize their fan base. The 55-year-old McCarthy would seem to check all of those boxes.

But the Jets are going to continue their extensive search at least through this week, before deciding whether they're going to bring in any candidates for a second interview. So far they've interviewed McCarthy, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and former Dolphins coach Adam Gase. They interviewed Cowboys DBs coach Kris Richard on Sunday in Dallas, and will interview Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken on Tuesday.

They also may interview Baylor coach Matt Rhule, and they are hopeful USC will change its mind and let them talk to Trojans offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.

Video: 5 facts to know about Jets candidate Todd Monken

Jan. 5, 3:21 PM: 

A source confirms to SNY the Jets interview with Bucs OC Todd Monken is scheduled for Tuesday.

McCarthy also completed his interview on Saturday. So Richard on Sunday, Monken on Tuesday. Bieniemy and Gase are already done. They're still interested in Jim Caldwell, but there is no date scheduled for him yet. 

Monken reportedly also has interviews with the Packers and Bengals.

Jan. 5, 12:57 PM:

USC has denied the Jets and Cardinals permission to interview Kliff Kingsbury as head coach, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Kingsbury accepted a position as the offensive coordinator in early December after he was fired as head coach of Texas Tech in November. 

Jan. 5, 9:04 AM:

Former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy will interview with the Jets on Saturday, per NFL Network. 

Jan. 4, 4:53 PM:

The Jets are interested in Baylor coach Matt Rhule, according to ESPN, but it's unclear if he will be asked to interview for the head coaching position.

Jan. 4, 2:49 PM:

The Jets announced they've completed an interview with former Dolphins head coach Adam Gase

Jan. 4, 2:13 PM:

The Jets will meet with Cowboys defensive backs coach Kris Richard on Sunday in Dallas, after the Cowboys play their wild-card round game against the Seahawks on Saturday, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Video: 5 facts to know about Jets candidate Kris Richard

Jan. 2, 5:43 PM:

According to ESPN's Jeff Darlington, former Dolphins head coach Adam Gase will interview with the Jets this Friday. Gase, who interviewed with the Cardinals on Wednesday, was canned by the Dolphins after three seasons that saw a 23-25 overall record. Miami made the playoffs in his first season after a 10-6 campaign in 2016.

Gase has been plagued with quarterback issues during his three seasons, as Ryan Tannehill's injury situation forced backups like Matt Moore to take over in his place. With the Jets, Gase -- an offensive mind -- would hope for more luck with a young quarterback Sam Darnold. He would also get some revenge against his former team twice a year.

Jan. 2, 1:22 PM:

Jets announce they've completed an interview with Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.

Jan. 2, 9:16 AM:

The Jets will interview Eric Bieniemy on Wednesday in Kansas City, according to The MMQB's Albert Breer.

Bieniemy, who has worked under Andy Reid since 2013 and led the Chiefs to the No. 1 seed and the top offense in the league in his first season as offensive coordinator, will also interview with the Buccaneers on Wednesday, Dolphins on Thursday and Bengals on Friday, according to Breer and NFL Network's Ian Rapaport.

Jan. 1, 7:26 PM:

Kliff Kingsbury: The former Texas Tech head coach and former USC offensive coordinator will conduct an interview with the Jets, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports. 

Kingsbury, 39, is viewed as an up-and-coming offensive mind and has spent time developing quarterbacks such as Patrick Mahomes, Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb. He also is expected to interview with the Arizona Cardinals. 

Kingsbury also once played for the Jets. His only NFL appearance came with them in 2005 when he completed just one of two passes. 

Jan. 1, 12:30 PM:

Mike McCarthy: The former Green Bay Packers coach has been at the top of the Jets' wish list for their next head coach since the day he was fired by the Packers, as SNY has been reporting for more than a month. The only question has been whether he's interested in the Jets or whether he wants to sit out the entire 2019 season, as some in the NFL suspect.

McCarthy, though, is planning to talk to the Jets at least, an NFL source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. An interview hasn't officially been scheduled, but he's indicated that he will take one with the Jets. He has also drawn interest from the Cleveland Browns and the Arizona Cardinals too, though it's unclear if he'll interview with them. He is believed to be very interested in the Cardinals job.

The 55-year-old McCarthy is the most accomplished coach on the market. In 13 seasons with the Packers he took them to playoffs nine times, the NFC championship four times, and he won a Super Bowl once. He had eight seasons with at least 10 wins and his offense was ranked in the Top 10 in the NFL nine times.

Obviously he had the benefit of the NFL's best quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, on his roster. But he had at least a little to do with Rodgers' development too. And that could be a huge selling point for the Jets as they consider the development of their own young, star quarterback, Sam Darnold.

Video: 5 facts to know about Jets candidate Jim Caldwell

Dec. 31, 7:05 PM:

Jim Caldwell: The Jets do plan to interview former Colts and Lions coach Jim Caldwell, a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. It doesn't sound like an interview is set up yet, but it should be coming. The 63-year-old has already interviewed with the Green Bay Packers and reportedly could be on the Cleveland Browns' list too. He's not a high-profile candidate or a big name, but he was very successful in both his previous stops. The fact that he went to the playoffs twice in four years with Detroit is a miracle considering that franchise has had three playoff berths in the last 19 years.

Dec. 31, 6:45 PM:

Zac TaylorIf the Jets are searching for the next Sean McVay, they don't seem to be searching for him in McVay's staff according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. In a somewhat surprising move, the Jets - in their "extensive" search - don't seem to be in on Rams QB coach Zac Taylor. Given the success of the Rams and McVay's offense, Taylor has become a very hot commodity. The Cardinals, Broncos and Bengals have already scheduled interviews with him, per a source, but the Jets haven't reached out at all. At this point, especially with the Rams in the playoffs, he might not be willing to take any more interviews, so the Jets might have already missed their chance.

Dec. 31, 2:30 PM:

Matt Campbell: The Iowa State coach, who was expected to draw interest from the NFL, received a request to interview with the Jets, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. As of right now, though, he's declining.

Dec. 31, 1:37 PM:

Todd Monken: The Jets put in a request to interview Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed. Monken had college head coaching experience with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles from 2013-15. The 52-year-old completed his head coach tenure with a 13-25 regular season record for Southern Miss. The Bucs hired Monken as their OC before the 2016 season. Tampa Bay had the No. 1 passing offense in the league with Monken serving as the play caller in 2018. 

Ralph's Take: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were a huge disappointment this season at 5-11, but somehow they had the NFL's third-ranked offense (415.5 yards per game) and the NFL's best passing attack (320.3). That's surprising, considering they began the year without starter Jameis Winston and then yo-yoed between him and journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick. That success has put the spotlight on the 52-year-old Monken, who also had success as a head coach in college, turning Southern Miss from a 1-11 mess to a bowl team in his three seasons. He fits the profile as an offense guru, even if he is a bit of an unknown.

Dec. 31, 12:30 PM:

Kris Richard: The Jets are requesting an interview with Dallas Cowboys passing game coordinator and Defensive backs coach Kris Richard, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed. The playoff-bound Cowboys hired Richard as their DB coach in January of this year. The former NFL cornerback began his coaching career with the Seattle Seahawks 2010 as an assistant DB coach, promoted to Defensive coordinator in '15. Richard's defense ranked first in points allowed for the '15 Seahawks season.

Ralph's Take: The 39-year-old Richard is a very well-respected coach who a lot of people around the league believe will be a star as a head coach someday. He'll be a terrific hire for someone, but he doesn't make a lot of sense for the Jets. His specialty is defense. He was the assistant who groomed the Legion of Boom secondary in Seattle and then became their defensive coordinator. A former NFL cornerback, he has no background on offense at all. That makes him another Todd Bowles and that's not what the Jets need. They need an offensive mind, someone who can help groom quarterback Sam Darnold. Another defensive mind with no head coaching experience would be a mistake.

Dec. 31, 11:35 AM:

Eric Bieniemy: The Jets put in a request to interview Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed. Bieniemy has 11 years of coaching experience under his belt -- six years with Kansas City under head coach Andy Reid. He was promoted to Chiefs OC before the 2018 season. QB Patrick Mahomes had a great year under Bieniemy's tutelage, completing 383 of 580 passes for 5,097 yards on the year.

Ralph's Take: This is a real good place for the Jets to start, given the success of young quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the explosiveness of the Chiefs offense. Andy Reid calls the plays there, but that hasn't seemed to hurt the men on the branches of his coaching tree. Matt Nagy, his previous offensive coordinator, turned the Chicago Bears around this season and led them to the playoffs. And his previous offensive coordinator, Doug Pederson, won a Super Bowl last year in his first season as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach. So there's a track record there. The only risk is that he's never been a head coach at any level, and the Jets may want someone a little more experienced than that.

Dec. 30, 12:00 PM:

Mike McCarthy: Cardinals ownership reached out to former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and the 55-year-old reportedly said he does not intend to pursue the opening, according to CBS Sports. The reports says McCarthy will sit out in 2019 if the perfect coaching opportunity does not present itself. McCarthy took the Packers to four NFC championships in 13 years before he was fired in-season earlier this month. He finished his tenure with the Green Bay on a 125-77-2 regular season record. 

Ralph's Take: Simply the best available candidate. In 13 seasons in Green Bay he had eight seasons with double-digit wins, nine trips to the playoffs, four trips to the NFC championship and a Super Bowl championship. What's unknown is whether he wants to coach in New York.

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Looking back on the Jets week 00:02:22
It was a memorable week for the Jets that included firing Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and reports that Gase didn't want to sign Le'Veon Bell.

The Jets fired Mike Maccagnan, replaced him on an interim basis with Adam Gase (who is acting as the head coach and the GM), and began their search for a new GM. Oh, there was also some Le'Veon Bell drama. 

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Nov 18, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts Colts former quarterback Peyton Manning walks the sidelines before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas J. Russo)
Nov 18, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts Colts former quarterback Peyton Manning walks the sidelines before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas J. Russo)

The Jets sent shockwaves through the NFL when they fired GM Mike Maccagnan earlier this week. Could their hire to replace him result in similar shockwaves?

"Rumors are flying" within league circles that the Jets could make a run at Peyton Manning to fill their vacant GM role, reports Mike Florio of PFT, who adds that Manning has "periodically" been connected to open front office positions throughout the NFL.

Hiring the 43-year-old Manning to be the Jets' new GM would certainly be an outside the box move. The legendary QB retired after the 2015 season, and does not have any official front office experience...

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Darron Lee (58) Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

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Having been named as the interim general manager on Wednesday, Adam Gase wasted no time before making his first splash. Later that same day, the Jets announced that former first-round linebacker Darron Lee had been traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for a sixth-round pick in next year's draft.

There's been plenty of speculation as to whether Lee's roster status was a bone of contention in the rift between Gase and the outgoing general manager Mike Maccagnan and how much input defensive coordinator Gregg Williams had in the decision. However, rumors had been rife that the Jets were likely to part ways with Lee ever since they signed CJ Mosley in free agency.

Whatever the reasons behind the move, the Jets must now plan ahead for a 2019 campaign without Lee on the team. Let's investigate what his role would have been had he remained with the team and how the team will approach replacing his contributions.

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Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase talks with the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase talks with the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports)

The reported rift between Jets head coach Adam Gase and former GM Mike Maccagnan apparently came to a head during the NFL Draft. 

According to Manish Mehta of the Daily News, the relationship between Gase and Maccagnan became tense in the lead up to the draft when the new Jets head coach was not given the opportunity to have his voice heard in pre-draft meetings. 

Maccagnan did not want Gase to adversely sway his scouts' evaluations, a philosophy he held with Todd Bowles as well. 

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Damon Harrison (94) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber)
Damon Harrison (94) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber)

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The Jets recently announced they have signed 16 undrafted free agents. While most of them are longshots, inevitably a few are likely to make an impact on the main roster, as we discussed during the week. How likely is this, though? Let's review the top 10 best undrafted players from the past 25 seasons.

Remember, this only covers players who entered the league since 1994, so great players such as Bruce Harper, Pat Leahy, Victor Green and Bill Baird aren't included.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Robby Anderson, Rontez Miles
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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Contrary to reports that Adam Gase did not want Le'Veon Bell on the Jets because the running back would cost too much, the two are apparently enjoying a happy marriage thus far. 

According to Brian Costello of The Post, Gase and Bell have been in "constant contact" since the offseason training program began last month even though Bell chose not to report. 

The two have spoken twice since the Jets fired GM Mike Maccagnan on Wednesday with both conversations being positive.

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Tannenbaum weighs in on Jets 00:01:36
Former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum joined SNY to talk about the Jets firing Mike Maccagnan and what that means for Adam Gase and the Jets.

Mike Tannenbaum knows what it's like to be a Jets general manager who gets fired, as Mike Maccagnan was on Wednesday. He also knows Jets interim GM and head coach Adam Gase, working with the former Dolphins head coach as Miami's executive vice president of football operations. 

Tannenbaum spoke with SNY's Jonas Schwartz to discuss the strange timing of the Maccagnan firing, whether squabbles with the head coach and GM are unusual for this time of year and whether Gase will face a credibility problem.

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New York Jets head coach Adam Gase, center, poses for a picture with owner Christopher Johnson, left, and general manager Mike Maccagnan pose for a picture during a news conference in Florham Park, N.J., Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase, center, poses for a picture with owner Christopher Johnson, left, and general manager Mike Maccagnan pose for a picture during a news conference in Florham Park, N.J., Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

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While much of the attention on the Jets' bombshell firing of GM Mike Maccagnan has been on the perceived dysfunction in the organization, the focus of the team will be to look ahead. Although Adam Gase is already in place as the interim GM - and already made one controversial splash with the Darron Lee trade - you would expect the Jets to move quickly to fill the role with a permanent alternative.

If there's one silver lining to the curious timing of yesterday's move, it's that the Jets won't face competition from any other teams for any potential candidate to replace Maccagnan.

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Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) celebrates his touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) celebrates his touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Robby Anderson didn't want things to turn out this way.

The wide receiver didn't want to be tendered as a restricted free agent because he wanted to commit his future to the Jets. But the team placed a second-round tender on Anderson in February, and on Thursday Anderson signed that tender, which is worth about $3.1 million.

April 19 was the deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets. Anderson didn't sign one, so he was left to either hold out for a better deal or sign the tender.

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Sep 3, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli shown on the sideline of the game against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Ravens 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Falcons announced on Thursday that their assistant GM Scott Pioli has stepped down from his role with the team. 

In turn, another name is added to the Jets' GM search. 

Pioli held the role with the Falcons since 2014, but his time in football spans all the way back to 1992 when he would drive 90 minutes to Giants training camp to help out then-defensive coordinator Bill Belichick. When Belichick moved onto the Browns as their head coach, he brought on Pioli as a pro personnel assistant, and it wouldn't be the only time he followed the coach.

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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The Jets are shaking things up in their front office in an odd turn of events on Wednesday.

Despite allowing him to make the team's offseason moves, Jets CEO Christopher Johnson told GM Mike Maccagnan that his days with the team were over. Vice president of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger was also let go by the team. 

So, while new head coach Adam Gase will assume the role of interim GM, the search for Maccagnan's replacement is on. But it appears the Jets are not just searching for a new GM, but others to add to their team brass before the new season...

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Le'Veon Bell (26) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Jets became a news hub on Wednesday, as multiple stories surfaced from the firing of GM Mike Maccagnan to CEO Christopher Johnson explaining why he made that call after allowing Maccagnan to make the team's offseason moves. 

But there was also the report that new head coach Adam Gase and Maccagnan were at a disagreement with the signing of Le'Veon Bell. While it was viewed by many that the Jets got a good deal with a four-year, $52.5 million deal with $27 million guaranteed, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Gase didn't like that amount of money for the versatile back. 

In fact, Gase didn't want that type of money going to any running back to begin with. He also isn't a fan for the massive five-year, $85 million deal CJ Mosley received from Gang Green, either. His $51 million guaranteed is the largest amount ever for a linebacker. 

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Darron Lee (58) Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Looks like new interim GM Adam Gase is already making moves. 

The Jets have parted ways with LB Darron Lee, trading him to the Chiefs for a 2020 sixth-round pick in return, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Wednesday night.This has been an expected move for the Jets since CJ Mosley signed his massive five-year, $85 million deal with Gang Green this offseason.

Lee, a former first-round pick out of Ohio State, hadn't lived up to his expectations with the Jets since coming to the team in 2016. His rookie season saw just 13 games (nine starts), where he totaled 70 combined tackles, three quarterback hits, and one sack...

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Mike Maccagnan was announced at the Jets general manager in January 2015, after he beat out a handful of candidates, including current Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier. After the disastrous outcome of using a search firm to find their previous general manager (John Idzik), the Jets' decision to hire Maccagnan came largely from the recommendation of the experienced pairing of Charlie Casserly and Ron Wolf.

Early results for Maccagnan were good. Having been hired alongside Todd Bowles, Maccagnan made a couple of splashes and some shrewd moves, putting the team in position to make the postseason until they choked the opportunity away in the season finale in Buffalo.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Christian Hackenberg, Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson
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Johnson talks about Maccagnan 00:01:09
The Jets fired GM Mike Maccagnan on Wednesday. Team Chairman and CEO explained why it was necessary.

Before this crucial offseason began for the Jets, GM Mike Maccagnan knew he was on the hot seat. That is why we saw him shell out roughly $191 million to land some of the top free agents on the market with RB Le'Veon Bell leading the pack. 

Then, came the NFL Draft. Though the Jets didn't have a lot of capital this season, they still had the No. 3 overall pick. Maccagnan wasn't shy in saying the pick was up for sale, but they would keep it in their pocket and select possibly the safest pick in the class in Alabama DT Quinnen Williams -- a player that is going to be at the top of Defensive Rookie of the Year ballots to start the season. 

Through his free-agent pickups and a solid draft class, it looked like Maccagnan was on the right path to turning around not only the franchise, but thoughts about his job security...

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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Adam Gase has barely been introduced to New York yet, beyond a couple of short press conferences and some mean-spirited memes. He hasn't had a chance to lose a game yet. The heat on his seat hasn't even been turned on.

But it will be very shortly, once the ashes settle from the firing of Jets GM Mike Maccagnan, because like it or not, fair or not, and true or not, it sure looks like Gase's fingerprints are all over this shocking move. Whether it was a power play or good, old-fashioned irreconcilable differences, Gase won and Maccagnan lost.

Which means this Jets mess is Gase's now.

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Reaction to Maccagnan firing 00:00:41
Ralph Vacchiano dives into the Mike Maccagnan firing by the Jets. He argues that the timing was off.

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The last two years, Mike Maccagnan has worked hard to right the Jets' ship. Piece by piece he's dismantled the previous mess and distanced the organization from its past.

And for a moment, it looked like the Jets had finally left the big top for the big time.

Then, on Wednesday morning, CEO Christopher Johnson fired Maccagnan along with his top assistant, Brian Heimerdinger, and elevated his brand new head coach to interim general manager, and it sure seemed like the "same old Jets" routine was back on.

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Dec 24, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ; General overall view of MetLife Stadium during an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the New YorK Jets. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Dec 24, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ; General overall view of MetLife Stadium during an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the New YorK Jets. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

With the Jets firing GM Mike Maccagnan on Wednesday and inserting Adam Gase as the acting GM, the team will begin their search for its GM "immediately," Christopher Johnson said in a statement.

And with that search underway, Eagles VP of Player Personnel Joe Douglas has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Maccagnan, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Here are five things to know about Douglas...

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Le'Veon Bell (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Le'Veon Bell (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

It appears that Mike Maccagnan and Adam Gase had different views on Le'Veon Bell.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Gase didn't like the amount of money Maccagnan gave to the running back, who sat out all of last year. Maccagnan, who was fired on Wednesday, signed the former Steeler to a four-year, $52.5 million deal.

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Jets fire GM Mike Maccagnan 00:02:08
New York Jets fire GM Mike Maccagnan and name head coach Adam Gase as the interim GM. The Athletic's Connor Hughes breaks down the move.

The Jets have fired GM Mike Maccagnan as GM, effective immediately, the team announced Wednesday, with Adam Gase taking over as acting GM. 

The announcement was made by chariman and CEO Christopher Johnson.

"This morning, I informed Mike that he was being relieved of his duties as General Manager of the team, effective immediately," Johnson said in a statement. "Mike helped to execute the strategic vision of the organization during the last four seasons and especially the past few months. However, 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. I will start a search for our new General Manager immediately. In the interim, Coach Gase will be the acting General Manager. I would like to thank Mike for his time and efforts during his tenure, and I wish only the best for him and his wife Betty."

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Ray Lucas on Jets firing GM 00:00:34
New York Jets fire GM Mike Maccagnan. SNY analyst and former Jets quarterback Ray Lucas sounds off on how the Jets handled the situation.

Shortly after the Jets' shocking dismissal of GM Mike Maccagnan on Wednesday, Darron Lee tweeted what can be construed as a happy reaction.

Click below to see...

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Sep 29, 2018; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons wide receiver Greg Dortch (3) runs in for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Rice Owls at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Sep 29, 2018; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons wide receiver Greg Dortch (3) runs in for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Rice Owls at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

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Last week, the Jets announced they had signed 16 undrafted rookies to their roster. Those 16 attended the rookie orientation over the weekend, along with the six draft picks, and will take the field for organized team activities next week.

NFL teams can usually count on getting some level of contributions from their undrafted free agents, and sometimes you can find a real diamond in the rough. For example, Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay went to the Pro Bowl last year and JC Jackson played a big role for the Super Bowl champion Patriots, starting five games.

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Dec 2, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Geno Smith (3) throws on the field before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 2, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Geno Smith (3) throws on the field before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Former Jets and Giants quarterback Geno Smith will have yet another new team this season. 

The 28-year-old quarterback is expected to sign with the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. 

Smith, who was drafted in the second round by the Jets in 2013, joins Paxton Lynch as the potential backup options for Russell Wilson in Seattle. 

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Sep 22, 2018; Knoxville, TN, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Jachai Polite (99) celebrates during the first quarter of a game against Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports (Bryan Lynn)
Sep 22, 2018; Knoxville, TN, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Jachai Polite (99) celebrates during the first quarter of a game against Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports (Bryan Lynn)

The Jets have signed third round draft pick Jachai Polite, whose selection last month was overshadowed by his disastrous performance on and off the field at the NFL Combine. 

During the Combine, Polite performed poorly across the board and took issue with questions teams were asking him -- publicly complaining to reporters that teams were "bashing" him for bad plays on film.

After the Draft, the 21-year-old Polite said the Combine performance was all on him.

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Aug 10, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Rashard Robinson (30) in action against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 10, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Rashard Robinson (30) in action against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

While the Jets were welcoming their draft class during the start of Rookie Orientation on Friday, they also made a couple roster moves that saw a few players walk into free agency. 

Most notably was CB Rashard Robinson, who the Jets traded a fifth-round pick for with the 49ers back in 2017. He was a fourth-rounder back in 2016 to San Francisco, and the team was hoping he would alleviate their secondary woes when injuries struck that season. 

That wasn't the case, though, as Robinson struggled to end the year with Gang Green. And not much came of his first full season last year, as 10 games saw only one start with eight tackles and one fumble recovery to show for it. 

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Williams excited to be a Jet 00:03:47
Quinnen Williams talked to Jeane Coakley after the first day of Rookie Orientation. He's excited to take on the NFL.

Jets first-rounder Quinnen Williams might just be the happiest man in the NFL right now.

The No. 3 overall pick had to calm himself down since he was drafted to New York after meeting some of his favorite players like Leonard Williams and Jamal Adams.

After his light-hearted and funny opening presser during the Jets' Rookie Orientation on Friday, he took the time to talk to SNY's Jeane Coakley about what his first days with the team has been like, and how much he looks forward to making an impact in his rookie year...

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Sep 1, 2018; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Blessuan Austin (1) intercepts a pass in front of Texas State Bobcats wide receiver Javen Banks (12) during first half at High Point Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 1, 2018; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Blessuan Austin (1) intercepts a pass in front of Texas State Bobcats wide receiver Javen Banks (12) during first half at High Point Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Blessuan Austin was the last player the Jets picked in the NFL draft, after 195 players were already selected. But the truth is, if he hadn't torn his ACL twice in the last two seasons, he likely would've been drafted much higher - maybe even the second or third round.

Actually, to Austin, that sounds a bit low.

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Oct 7, 2017; Gainesville, FL, USA;Florida Gators defensive lineman Jachai Polite (99) gets the fans pumped up against the LSU Tigers during the first half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 7, 2017; Gainesville, FL, USA;Florida Gators defensive lineman Jachai Polite (99) gets the fans pumped up against the LSU Tigers during the first half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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FLORHAM PARK - The Jets knew all about Jachai Polite's disastrous appearance at the Combine in February. They knew that's the only reason he was still available for them to draft in the third round.

They still knew it was a risk. But they also knew that if it worked out, he could be the dominating pass rusher they've been seeking for several seasons.

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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Jets first-round pick Quinnen Williams arrived in Florham Park on Friday and the defensive tackle was all smiles as he was about to embark on his NFL career. 

The 6-foot-2, 302-pound Williams felt like a little kid getting to meet his new Jets teammates and offered some colorful quotes at Jets rookie orientation on Friday. 

Here are some of the highlights from his first press conference:

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Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase talks with the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase talks with the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets head coach Adam Gase spoke to the media for the first time since the conclusion of the NFL Draft as players reported to the facilities in Florham Park, NJ for rookie orientation. 

Gase was asked about expectations and impressions oof the rookies, as well as other stuff regarding the team since the draft, such as the status of Le'Veon Bell. 

Here are the takeaways from Gase:

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