The reported rift between Jets head coach Adam Gase and former GM Mike Maccagnan apparently came to a head during the NFL Draft.
According to Manish Mehta of the Daily News, the relationship between Gase and Maccagnan became tense in the lead up to the draft when the new Jets head coach was not given the opportunity to have his voice heard in pre-draft meetings.
Maccagnan did not want Gase to adversely sway his scouts' evaluations, a philosophy he held with Todd Bowles as well.
It "pissed Adam off," a team source told Mehta, and by the time the draft was set to begin Gase made a statement by taking his chair that was reserved next to CEO Christopher Johnson and moving it away from the war room camera view
Gase was not given the chance to have his voice heard in pre-draft meetings, which frustrated the new head coach. When the draft was set to begin, Gase spotted his chair reserved next to CEO Christopher Johnson, which was within view of the war room camera, and decided to take the chair and move himself out of the camera's view.
"It was extreme," a team employee in the room said.
Gase remained oddly detached from the decision-making process the rest of the weekend, which created an awkward dynamic that ultimately could not be resolved and factored into Maccagnan's firing earlier in the week and the naming of Gase as interim GM.