Maccagan hire makes a lot of sense Dan Leberfeld

The Jets hired Mike Maccagnan as their new GM. The announcement was made by Jets owner Woody Johnson.

““Mike’s attention to detail, strong personnel background made it clear that he is the right choice to be the next General Manager of the New York Jets,” said Johnson. “We are proud to welcome Mike to the organization and I am confident that he will help us build a winning team.”

“Mike Maccagnan is an outstanding football man, one who is highly organized, and an excellent evaluator,” said Jets consultant Charlie Casserly. “He is very thorough in his preparation and will do a terrific job for the Jets.”

“I was impressed by Mike Maccagnan’s professionalism, intelligence, preparation, awareness and attention to detail,” said Jets consultant Ron Wolf. “He has a great understanding of this league and the skill and ability to evaluate personnel.”

Maccagnan started with the Houston Texans in 2000, shortly after the team’s inception, and spent his first 10 seasons with the club as the coordinator of college scouting. In 2010, he was promoted to the assistant director of college scouting before being named the director of college scouting (2011).

In his time with Houston, WR Andre Johnson, DEs Mario Williams and J.J. Watt all were selected by the Texans, while four-time Pro Bowl RB Arian Foster was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent.

“In my line of work, having the chance to serve as a general manager is what you work towards your entire career,” Maccagnan said. “We have a solid foundation of players and a state-of-the-art facility in one of the most exciting and dynamic areas in America. As with all teams, there are some areas we need to address, but we’re going to hire the right head coach, evaluate our personnel, and work together to build a football operation to get the New York Jets back on the winning track.”

Prior to joining the Texans, Maccagnan spent six seasons with the Washington Redskins, first as a college scout (1994) and then as a pro scout (1995-99). Before Washington, he served as the director of scouting for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL (1994), and the director of scouting and director of player personnel for the Ottawa Rough Riders (1993). He spent time in the World League, originally as a scout in the league’s Dallas office (1990) and then joined the London Monarchs (1991) for their championship season. His first job in the NFL came as a scouting department intern for the Redskins (1990).

Maccagnan has certainly paid his dues in the scouting universe.

We will see how he does, but based on what the Jets need, with his pedigree, he seems like an ideal fit for their GM role.