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Jets Name Mike Maccagnan New General Manager

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2012-randy-lange-headshot-thumb-60x60.pnRandy LangeEditor-in-Chief, newyorkjets.com@rlangejets Blog: Randy's Radar

Native New Jerseyan Has Made Personnel Stops in London, Canada, Washington & Houston


Jets owner Woody Johnson today has named Mike Maccagnan his team's new general manager.

Johnson made the decision after conducting a GM search since Dec. 29 with the help of advisers and longtime NFL executives Ron Wolf and Charley Casserly.

Maccagnan comes to the Jets with 25 years of experience as a football talent evaluator.  He spent the past 15 seasons with the Houston Texans, where he rose from coordinator to assistant director to director of college scouting.

He has circled a good part of the Northern Hemisphere since leaving his Hightstown, NJ, hometown.

He's spent time "across the pond," north of the border, in the nation's capital, and deep in the heart of Texas before returning to his home region to become the Jets General Manager.

Here are some bullet points on Maccagnan's career stops:


Houston Texans (2000-14)

■ Director of college scouting (2011-14)

■ Assistant director of college scouting (2010-11)

■ Coordinator of college scouting (2000-10)

Washington Redskins (1994-2000)

■ Pro Scout (1995-2000)

■ College Scout (1994)


Ottawa Rough Riders (1994)

■ Director of scouting and director of player personnel

World League (1990-91)

■ London Monarchs director of player personnel (1991)

■ League scout (1990)

Three Maccagnan Facts

■ Native of Highstown, NJ, an hour south of the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park.

■ The Texans' first selection in the 2011 draft — Maccagnan’s last year as assistant director of college scouting — was DE J.J. Watt, an MVP candidate this season.

■ As the Monarchs' director of player personnel, he contributed to the team's World League championship in 1991.

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Jets hire Mike Maccagnan as GM
Updated: January 13, 2015, 7:02 PM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPN.com


The New York Jets ended their 15-day search for a general manager on Tuesday, hiring Houston Texans director of college scouting Mike Maccagnan -- a protégé of Jets consultant Charley Casserly.


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AP Photo/Aaron M. SprecherMike Maccagnan will be the third general manager in the past four seasons for the Jets as he replaces John Idzik.


Maccagnan, 47, will be the Jets' third GM in the last four years, replacing John Idzik, who was fired after only two seasons.

Maccagnan represents the start of a new era for the Jets, who cleaned house after a 4-12 season.

He was the only candidate invited back for a second interview, and he spent the last three days huddling with team officials at the Jets' facility in Florham Park, New Jersey. Unlike Idzik, who was forced to keep Rex Ryan in 2013, Maccagnan will have input into the selection of the next head coach, although it's not clear if he will have the final say.

Sources say the favorites are Dan Quinn and Todd Bowles, defensive coordinators for the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals, respectively. By rule, Quinn can't be hired until the Seahawks' season is over, which may not be until the Super Bowl Feb. 1. Both are former Jets assistants.

The Jets are conducting a second interview with Bowles on Tuesday with Maccagnan as part of that meeting.

This time, the Jets opted for a GM with a football background -- Idzik was a cap specialist -- but the choice is somewhat curious because Maccagnan wasn't on any other team's radar. Despite two decades in the NFL, he hadn't interviewed for any other GM openings.

Clearly, Maccagnan's ties to Casserly played a huge role. Casserly and Ron Wolf, both former longtime GMs, were hired at the end of the season as consultants to advise owner Woody Johnson throughout the concurrent searches for a GM and coach.

Because of his connection to Maccagnan, Casserly took a background role during the first interview, allowing Wolf to lead the session.

Maccagnan impressed them with his cerebral, organized approach and his plan for improving the team, sources said. After the season, they reached out immediately to Maccagnan, who got his start in the NFL from Casserly, the former Washington Redskins and Texans GM.

Maccagnan was a Redskins' scout from 1995 to 2000, and he became one of Casserly's first hires with the Texans.

Maccagan is regarded in league circles as a grinder, a quiet and unassuming background player with solid evaluation skills. Some wonder if he'll be able to handle the glare of the New York spotlight.

He joined the Texans at their inception in 2000, rising to his most recent position in 2011. He was part of an organization that won two division titles (2011-2012). The Texans drafted well from 2009 to 2011, the year they picked defensive star J.J. Watt, but their last three drafts have produced no Pro Bowl players and only a handful of starters.

The Jets interviewed at least six other candidates for the job, all of whom are front-office executives -- Rod Graves (Jets), Chris Grier (Miami Dolphins), Trent Kirchner (Seahawks), Bill Kuharich (Cleveland Browns), Rick Mueller (Philadelphia Eagles) and Jon Robinson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers). They were spurned by four others -- Chris Ballard (Kansas City Chiefs), Eric DeCosta (Baltimore Ravens), George Paton (Minnesota Vikings) and Ryan Pace (New Orleans Saints), who was hired by the Chicago Bears.

The Jets have gone four straight years without making the playoffs, failing to post a winning record in any of those seasons. Mike Tannenbaum was fired after a 6-10 mark in 2012, replaced by Idzik, who went 12-20.

Unlike Idzik, who walked into a bad salary-cap situation, Maccagnan will have the flexibility to make immediate improvements. The Jets have more than $40 million in salary-cap space and they own the sixth pick in the draft.

On the downside, the team has a big question at quarterback and only one Pro Bowl player on the roster -- center Nick Mangold.

Maccagnan will have plenty of big decisions in the coming months, starting with the selection of a head coach.

From a personnel standpoint, he has to evaluate inconsistent quarterback Geno Smith, decide whether wide receiver Percy Harvin is worth his $10.5 million salary for 2015 and determine how much to spend on free-agent linebacker David Harris.

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Good hire I guess.   I don't know much about which teams have great assistants and which don't, so hopefully this works out.   It's refreshing to see someone that has a scouting resume than someone secretly typing in numbers on TurboTax late at night.   

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