“We’re obviously disappointed by the season in terms of the record,” Maccagnan said. “Based on the season [Fitzpatrick] had prior to this season, he was very instrumental in a lot of our success in the 10-6 season. I have no regrets about bringing Ryan back. I think going into it, we felt very good about the season Ryan had previously. I have no regrets from that standpoint. Of course, I think everybody, and Ryan included, would probably say he holds himself to a fairly high standard. I’m sure there are aspects that he would like to … we all would like to have better success on the field as a team. But from the standpoint of bringing Ryan back, no, I don’t have regrets on that.”
Given Fitzpatrick’s struggles (and possible ceding of the job to Bryce Petty), many fans will roll their eyes at Maccagnan’s assertion. Fitzpatrick turns 34 on Thursday and the Jets will carry a $5MM cap hit on the books for him next season even though he will almost certainly be gone.
Here’s more on the Jets and the AFC East:
- Given an opportunity to join the chorus of voices criticizing Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, Maccagnan demurred and said that the veteran’s work ethic has been where they want it to be. “I’m happy with his effort,” Maccagnan said (via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv). “I’m sure there’s plays he’d like to have back, but you watch a lot of other plays where he does give effort.” Revis is set to earn $13MM in 2017 and a decision on him will have to be made before March 10 when he’s due a $2MM roster bonus. Many have speculated that Maccagnan was forced by ownership to give Revis a monster free agent deal prior to the 2015 season. I’m inclined to agree with that take, though Maccagnan has denied such talk.
- The Dolphins confirmed that tackle Branden Albert is not playing against Los Angeles on Sunday, Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald tweets. Miami is reportedly concerned about Albert’s wrist for the long term and his status going forward is unclear. Albert played in nine games in 2014 but mostly stayed healthy last year as he played 14 games and earned a Pro Bowl nod.
- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski could miss time after taking a big hit on Sunday.
- Bills wide receiver Percy Harvin is back and he says he could continue playing beyond this season.
- Speaking of the Bills – some within the organization want to cut ties with Marcell Dareus. Of course, that’s easier said that done given his issues and contract.