The New York Jets fired general manager Mike Maccagnan and vice president of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger, according to a report from ESPN.
This news is relevant to the Philadelphia Eagles because it was previously suggested the Jets could be interested in hiring Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas as their new GM.
Douglas has ties to current Jets head coach Adam Gase. The two overlapped when they were working for the Chicago Bears. There was some talk that the Dolphins were going to hire Douglas if Gase stayed in Miami. Now Douglas might be ending up with Gase on a different AFC East team instead.
Douglas leaving the Eagles has been expected ever since he arrived in Philly. Douglas is considered to be one of the league’s rising executives and it’s not hard to imagine he’d like to have final say on personnel moves. He’ll never have that with the Eagles because executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman wields that power.
Losing Douglas would be a significant loss for the Eagles’ front office. The team is 33-19 (including a Super Bowl win, no big deal) during his Philly tenure. It’s hard to parse exactly what credit (or blame) he deserves but generally speaking the personnel department has been a strength since he’s been hired. Roseman will be tasked with finding a new top personnel chief if Douglas leaves.
It goes without saying that the Jets’ GM search is one worth monitoring.
Rumblings were rampant before the draft that Jets considering changing GMs and if so, Eagles exec Joe Douglas would be high on list of possible replacements. Strong ties to Adam Gase. We'll see.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 15, 2019
Eagles’ vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas is close to Jets’ HC Adam Gase and has been discussed in league circles for a while now as the potential GM for the NYJ.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 15, 2019