NEW YORK — New York’s Joe Philbin, who has been the Jets’ general manager since 2008, told reporters Wednesday that he was “very surprised” when he was told he’d leave the organization.
The Jets have made no public comment on Philbin’s firing.
But his agent, Dan Ratner, issued a statement to The Associated Press saying he was disappointed by the team’s decision.
“This is not about Joe Philbs’ decision to leave.
Joe Philbens departure was the result of a lack of progress on a long-term plan, and he and his family have been a part of our organization for almost 20 years.
It is unfortunate that we now have to put our futures in the hands of another individual, and that has to be our owner, Jimmy Haslam,” Ratner said.
Ratner added that Philbin and his wife, Nicole, have been supportive of the organization’s long-time goal of building a championship-caliber team.
He also said Philbin is looking forward to the new challenges ahead.
In a statement, the Jets said that “the organization will continue to work with Joe to address the needs of our players, our fans and our city.
He will continue his work with our coaching staff to build a winner.”
Haslam, who is a former player himself, has had a tough time keeping his job amid the rise of new management.
He was fired by the New England Patriots in February after a 4-12 season.
The Patriots are scheduled to meet with Philbin next week in New York.
Haslam had been in charge for the past two seasons.
The Jets have won four of their past five games, including a 27-20 overtime victory over the Detroit Lions in their most recent home game on Sunday.
The teams last meeting, Sept. 25, was in Pittsburgh.
The team announced Wednesday that it was making the hiring of former Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Tom Clements, who had been on the job as an offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2007.