That connection could help serve as his next pro launching point, though Douglas has been rumored as the favorite to be the next Jets general manager even prior to Maccagnan's official ouster Wednesday.
If you're a NY sports fan who puts your support behind the Knicks and Jets, well, you've had better days.
The timing is particularly odd because Maccagnan ran the Jets' draft less than three weeks ago, including taking defensive tackle Quinnen Williams with the No. 3 overall pick. Oakland did something similar when it hired draft expert Mike Mayock away from NFL Media to be the team's general manager.
Rumors of a rift between Maccagnan and Gase floated across NY for weeks, but both were adamant publicly that they shared a healthy working relationship.
Yahoo Sports senior National Football League reporter Charles Robinson tweeted that "philosophical differences bubbled up" between Gase and Maccagnan "on how money would be spent to build". "It kind of pisses me off a little bit".
On Wednesday, the New York Jets shocked the football world when they unexpectedly fired general manager Mike Maccagnan and made Adam Gase the interim GM. Maccagnan was hired in 2015, days before the franchise hired Gase's predecessor, Todd Bowles.
Maccagnan had significant input into the hiring of Gase.
Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas, who is believed to be close to Gase, could be the man to replace Maccagnan fulltime, ESPN reported.
But Maccagnan's draft history since coming to NY is otherwise shaky, at best.