Adam Gase and Mike Maccagnan clashed over the signing of Le'Veon Bell this offseason, with the former strongly against the idea of the New York Jets investing significant money in a running back, sources told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
The notion of a fractured relationship between the head coach and the former general manager, who was fired Wednesday, filled the rumor mills for weeks, but both sides publicly denied the existence of a rift.
Maccagnan was fired after four-plus years overseeing the Jets. Gase, who was hired as head coach in January, has been named the interim general manager.
Bell signed a four-year, $52-million contract with the Jets in free agency that includes $27 million guaranteed. The acquisition was generally lauded by traditionalists, but criticized by those in the analytics community who have questioned the true value of a running back, even one as versatile and productive as Bell.
The Jets have finished at the bottom of the AFC East standings for three consecutive seasons.