Jets GM Mike Maccagnan was brought in with Todd Bowles in 2015. His contract was extended with Bowles’ in early 2018. Now, it’s time for him to leave with Bowles in 2019.
Barring any surprises, Todd Bowles will be coaching his final games as a Jet in the coming weeks. After a “Fitzmagical” start to his coaching career, he’s led the Jets to two 5-11 seasons, and is currently on a path to do even worse in 2018. It’s safe to say he is not the right man to coach the young and hungry Jets. In particular, Sam Darnold.
The current rumor is that Mike Maccagnan will remain the general manager for the Jets in 2019 despite his numerous failed attempts to build a winning roster. The Jets’ passive strategies through the past offseason has led to them having a gigantic amount of money to spend in free agency, but Maccagnan fails to bring in top names year after year. When will it end?
Free Agency Failures
Maccagnan’s big-money free agent signings have been well below par. He’s given numerous veterans, which includes Ryan Fitzpatrick, Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte contracts, and most of them backfired. He’s let Damon Harrison walk in attempt to give Mo Wilkerson a massive deal.
In the summer of 2018, he had the most money of any NFL team. The result? Trumaine Johnson, Spencer Long, Isaiah Crowell, Avery Williamson, Terrelle Pryor, and Brandon Copeland. He was just inches away from giving Kirk Cousins $90 million fully guaranteed. Why should we trust him with our money in 2019?
Continuous Mid-Round Sputters
His drafting has not been much better than his work in free agency. Leonard Williams has been no more than average through the early years of his career. Darron Lee has been a wild rollercoaster in terms of performance. Jamal Adams and Sam Darnold appear to have promising careers ahead of them, but it’s after the first round he’s really struggled.
None of his 2015 picks after the first round have a job in the NFL . today. In 2016, he drafted somewhat well, drafting Jordan Jenkins and Brandon Shell. Along with those successful comes with the notorious Christian Hackenberg selection. Whether it was a stunt to scare Fitzpatrick into re-signing or just a pick that was thought to be wise, it was an absolutely awful selection.
3 of his 2017 mid-round picks don’t have a job, which is wildly bad. In 2018, he spent three mid-round picks on non-pass rushing defensive linemen, and none of them have had a big impact on the team so far this season. He has been depressingly bad at drafting in rounds 2-7, and there is no sign of improvement.
This next offseason is essential to the Jets’ future. If they can’t surround Darnold with talent soon, he may be forever flawed. The Jets need to build a winning roster around Darnold while he is playing under a rookie contract, and Mike Maccagnan should not be the one trusted to build it.