The New York Jets have named Mike Maccagnan General Manager. The announcement was made by New York Jets Chairman & CEO Woody Johnson.
“We interviewed a number of impressive, qualified candidates, but Mike Maccagnan clearly stood out,” said Johnson. “Mike’s attention to detail, strong personnel background and collaborative approach to evaluating players made it clear that he is the right choice to be the next General Manager of the New York Jets. I want to thank Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf for their contributions during this search. Their experience, guidance and expertise have been invaluable. We are proud to welcome Mike to the organization and I am confident that he will help us build a winning team.”
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).
Contributing to every draft in Texans franchise history, Maccagnan has helped add 12 Pro Bowl players to the roster via the draft or as an undrafted rookie free agent. 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. “Having a supportive owner who is passionate and committed to delivering a winning team to the fans is one of the keys to building a successful organization. I have enjoyed getting to know Mr. Johnson during the interview process and am grateful to him for this opportunity. 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).
A native of Hightstown, NJ, Maccagnan earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Trinity (CT) College.
Charley Casserly on Mike Maccagnan…
Mike Maccagnan is an outstanding football man, one who is highly organized, and an excellent evaluator. He is very thorough in his preparation and will do a terrific job for the Jets.
Ron Wolf on Mike Maccagnan…
I was impressed by Mike Maccagnan’s professionalism, intelligence, preparation, awareness and attention to detail. He has a great understanding of this league and the skill and ability to evaluate personnel.
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