Chris Johnson Explains His Decision to Fire Mike Dan Leberfeld

Jets owner Christopher Johnson was at One Jets Drive more the last few months than in the past.

And he didn’t like what he saw observing the GM, so he fired GM Mike Maccagnan today.

“I watched this process,” Johnson said about the last few months at One Jets Drive. “I understood more fully Mike’s role in this building and what I’m hoping for in a future GM. It was a decision that evolved. It took a while. Maybe I was slow with that decision. I finally came to it in the last few days.”

He added, “The more I saw, the more I saw I wanted to move on.”

He wants a different kind of GM.

“I want to find a better fit for this building,” Johnson said. “Not talking about Mike. I want a great strategic thinker. Somebody who can collaborate well with the building.”

Johnson feels there is more to the GM job than being a great “talent evaluator.”

“There is more to the job of a GM than adding great players,” Johnson said. “[Jets fans] should be excited about Le’Veon Bell, C.J. Mosley, Jamison Crowder, Quinnen Williams and all the rest. This is more than Mike, more than Adam, it’s about this team moving forward.”

Johnson dismissed the nation that Gase won a power struggle over Maccagnan.

“This wasn’t one person or another winning a power struggle,” Johnson said. “This is completely my decision.”

And the new GM will have final say on the draft, which has always been the case since the Johnson family bought the team in 2000.

“There is going to be no change in the structure going forward,” Johnson said.