Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan (left) and coach Todd Bowles

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Report: Relationship Between Maccagnan, Bowles Has Eroded Over The Years

GM Likely To Return; Coach Expected To Be Fired

December 07, 2018 - 9:41 am
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NEW YORK (WFAN) -- Coach Todd Bowles is not expected to return to the Jets next season, but general manager Mike Maccagnan is, according to a report.

The Daily News' Manisha Mehta wrote in a column published online Thursday that Bowles' future with the Jets is "a fait accompli." As for Maccagnan, Mehta reported that "nothing is written in stone yet" but it appears that the GM will likely be back and have a hand in hiring Bowles' replacement.

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Jets owner Woody Johnson hired both Maccagnan and Bowles prior to the 2015 season. The team has gone 23-37 under their leadership -- and just 13-31 over the past three seasons. The Jets, who play at Buffalo on Sunday, are 3-9 this season and have lost six straight. 

The Jets have an unusual power structure in which both Maccagnan and Bowles report directly to ownership, and that has led to friction within the organization, Mehta reported.

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While trading up to draft quarterback Sam Darnold has so far been an encouraging move for the franchise, Maccagnan's batting average overall in drafts has been relatively poor. But there's a belief within the organization that he can improve with a new reporting structure, Mehta wrote.

At the heart of the eroding relationship between Maccagnan and Bowles has been that neither truly respects the other's talent evaluation, leading to numerous disputes and Bowles refusing to put young players on the field who were drafted by Maccagnan. Some of the examples Mehta listed included Bowles not starting quarterback Christian Hackenberg, a second-round draft pick, in a meaningless game at the end of the 2017 season, and Maccagnan rebuffing coaches' requests to trade up in the 2017 draft for Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara, who went on to be voted the Offensive Rookie of the Year with the New Orleans Saints.

After last season, the Jets rewarded both Maccagnan and Bowles with contract extensions through 2020.