Adam Gase disputes belief he undermined fired GM Mike Maccagnan
The New York Jets coach addressed the issue on Monday for the first time since Maccagnan was stunningly dismissed last Wednesday as reports insist the two had a relationship filled with heavy friction.
"I disagree with that, as far as a power struggle," Gase, the current interim GM, told reporters. "Because whoever is getting hired (as the new GM) is going to have the same role -- control of the roster. I will coach the football team. That's what I'm going to do. Nothing is changing in that structure."
Gase was hired to coach the Jets in January so the working relationship with Maccagnan lasted barely four months.
Both men denied there was friction as reporters percolated. Multiple reports claimed prior to the NFL draft that Gase was upset over personnel decisions made by Maccagnan.
Other reports say Gase pulled a power play to get Maccagnan fired. But Gase is maintaining he was surprised when Maccagnan and vice president of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger were dismissed by CEO Christopher Johnson.
"He told me. That's what it was," Gase said. "He's the owner. In this business, (expletive) like that happens all the time. It happened to me last year (in Miami). That's what it is. I work for him. We're aligned, as the head coach and the GM both report to the owner. That's the way it is."
Johnson said Gase had no influence on the decision, but he did cite the two weren't clicking the way he had hoped.
One of the transactions Gase reportedly disagreed with was the signing of free-agent running back Le'Veon Bell to a four-year, $52.5 million deal. Gase reportedly was not keen on spending top dollar for a running back.
Gase went 23-25 in three seasons as Dolphins' coach before being fired after last season.
Maccagnan became New York's GM in January of 2015.