Jets’ new GM Maccagnan fires top 2 college scouts
NEW YORK (AP) Mike Maccagnan has begun reshuffling the New York Jets’ front office, firing the team’s top two college scouts.
Three days after being hired as general manager, Maccagnan dismissed senior director of college scouting Terry Bradway and director of college scouting Jeff Bauer on Friday.
Maccagnan made the moves swiftly because he has others in mind to fill the roles as he begins what is expected to be sweeping changes in the front office.
”Today, I informed Terry and Jeff that the organization will be moving forward without them,” Maccagnan said in a statement. ”They have made valuable contributions to the New York Jets for more than a decade and we wish them both success in the future.”
Maccagnan replaced John Idzik, who was fired along with coach Rex Ryan on Dec. 29. The Jets hired former Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles as coach Wednesday.
Bradway had been with the organization since 2001 when owner Woody Johnson hired him as the Jets’ general manager, a role in which he served for five seasons before being re-assigned when he was replaced by Mike Tannenbaum in 2006. He just completed his second year as senior director of college scouting, and oversaw all team efforts surrounding the draft under Idzik, a role he also held from 2006-08 when Tannenbaum was the GM. He also oversaw the Jets’ pro scouting operations during that time.
But he, along with Idzik and others in the scouting department, were heavily criticized last season while the Jets went 4-12. Some frustrated fans called for the firing of Idzik, and added Bradway’s name to a yellow ”penalty towel” that was distributed to fans that called for Johnson to make changes to the front office.
Bauer was in the Jets’ scouting department for 13 years, including the last three as the director of college scouting.
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