Jets Unlikely To Fire GM Mike Maccagnan

The Jets are unlikely to fire GM Mike Maccagnan, several sources familiar with the Jets’ thinking tell Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. Head coach Todd Bowles, however, is on the hot seat. 

Vacchiano hears that Maccagnan’s long-stated plan has been to compete for a playoff berth in 2019 and therefore his roster has not fallen short of expectations in the eyes of ownership. The Jets will enter the offseason with upwards of $100MM in cap space and they have a promising young quarterback in Sam Darnold, so they could conceivably put themselves in the postseason mix next year.

Still, Maccagnan’s lack of success in the draft has been alarming. Only 12 of the 22 players picked in his first three drafts (2015-2017) remain on the team and the wisdom of some of his hits can be questioned. For example, second-year safety Jamal Adams has promise, but the Jets passed on the opportunity to take Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson when they took him at No. 6 overall in 2017.

It’s also worth noting that Maccagnan had a boatload of cash to work with this past offseason, but failed to fix the team’s porous offensive line or improve the team’s stable of receivers. The club’s biggest expenditure was free agent Trumaine Johnson, a $72.5MM cornerback who has struggled to stay healthy and has done little to impress in his five games on the field.

Despite all of that, the Jets appear willing to exercise patience and stay the course with Maccagnan. Unfortunately for Bowles, that patience will probably not extend to the head coach.

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6 comments on “Jets Unlikely To Fire GM Mike Maccagnan

  1. JJB0811

    ” the Jets appear willing to exercise patience and stay the course.”. Only 50 years of failure to show for it.

  2. Begamin

    I dont think Macaggnan is the problem. Sure he has made some bad picks (Hackenberg 2nd round) and maybe overpaid to move up in the draft (6th OVR pick and three 2nd rounders just to move up 3 spots), but right now i think the team is closer than ever to turn the corner. The defense has been really good (outside of last Sundays game against the Bills), and the only reason teams score a lot off them is because the offense cant do much more than a three and out 80% of the time. A good o-line and better play calling on offense and I think this team goes a long way.

    • natsfan3437

      He’s made bad picks every year with the exception of 2. He’s wasted money on free agents that haven’t worked out to this point. And he hasn’t taken advantage of the waiver order the last few season even with the massive amount of cap room. He has done an awful job but everyone want to just blame Bowles. He does deserve some of the blame as well.

      • Begamin

        I mean he deserves some blame, sure. But he has made some good picks. Adams, Williams, Maye, Darnold (potentially), Lee is coming into his own. The pick up of Williamson and Claiborne hasnt been too bad. Trumain Johnson would be better if they pressed with him more. Trading a 7th rounder for Henry Anderson was also nice.

        The play calling and the o-line are the biggest weakness with the Jets imo. Maccagnan can fix an oline but Bowles cant call an offense. I would love to keep Bowles as DC if he were willing to step down to that position

  3. Bill Jasper

    So they are going to allow him to pick a coach who the next GM will be stuck with in 2020?

    Always a recipe for success.

  4. Perksy

    Mm should be graded one more what he does next year with the $90 mil in cap space.

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