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On Dec. 31, many across the tri-state area made New Year’s resolutions, some of which may already be broken. The only resolution New York Jets management made was to maintain their status quo.
As his players packed their gear several floors below, team CEO/Chairman Christopher Johnson met with reporters at Atlantic Health Training Center. Another brutal season on the Jets’ timeline had wrapped up one day prior, and Johnson was conducting a rare press conference. Johnson began his statements with promises of change, ones that had begun to be fulfilled the night before.
Hours after the Jets concluded their year with a 38-3 defeat at the hands of the New England Patriots, head coach Todd Bowles was let go after four seasons. Johnson was visibly emotional over the release of the affable Bowles, but admitted the 14-win tally accumulated over his final three years was unacceptable.
One thing that wasn’t changing, however, was the Jets’ chain of command.
While Bowles was bid farewell, general manager Mike Maccagnan was permitted to stay. Not only is he staying, but Johnson made it clear Maccagnan was going to be an instrumental part of the coaching selection, before and after the hire was made.
During Bowles’ tenure, he would report to both Johnson and Maccagnan. The former declared that there would be no change to that structure. Any candidate who sought to disrupt that process would not be considered.
“I think that would be the wrong person for the job,” Johnson said of a coach that demanded more control. “That would be off the table.”