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I didn't think we'd ever get a successful GM/HC combo in my lifetime. Let's face it, we've gone longer than just about every other NFL team without one. Woody just woke up one day and basically said, "F-ck. I don't know anything about this game. I better hire somebody to make these decisions." And it's made all the difference.

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Come on Charlie, you are one of the smarter posters on the board.

 

How many times did it take you to pass the bar exam?

 

 

I had to ask because I thought you had lost your MIND and before I said anything I had to be sure......  :)

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A few takeaways on "Baggie Day" at One Jets Drive :

1. Everybody tries to define a season in absolute terms, but that's hard to do. Here's how I'd summarize 2015 for the New York Jets: It certainly wasn't a bust, not with a 10-6 record, but it was the imperfect 10 --- not good enough. They finished in the top 10 in total offense and total defense for the first time since 1998, and they still failed to make the playoffs, imploding against Rex Ryan's Buffalo Bills. That hurts, especially with a top-seven payroll and a win-now roster."I think we have something special here, and I thought we had the formula to make a run at it," Jets receiver Brandon Marshall said.

Look at it this way: The Jets took the elevator from the basement and went up a long way, but got stuck below the party floor.

2. Despite a six-game improvement from last season, there was no self-congratulation in the locker room or at the head coach's podium. That's one of the differences between Todd Bowles and Rex Ryan. Under Ryan, the Jets always talked about the wonderful things they accomplished and the wonderful things ahead. Bowles changed that culture in one year. Instead of bragging about the dramatic turnaround and their gaudy statistics, they focused on what they did wrong and how they came up short. That's what you want to hear; it minimizes the chance of complacency. Bowles said he likes where the team is headed, but he's "pissed" they missed the playoffs.

3. My lasting image from the day: As the media left an almost-empty locker room, I looked back and saw Marshall and Ryan Fitzpatrickseated next to each other at Marshall's locker, talking about something. They developed a strong rapport in a short amount of time, which did wonders for team chemistry. They were the two biggest reasons for the turnaround, and yet they share the same sense of emptiness -- a combined 21 seasons without making the postseason.

4. Fitzpatrick loves the Jets, the Jets love Fitzpatrick. Now all they have to do is come up with a contract that makes sense for both sides. This could be tricky. You want to pay him fairly, but you don't want to put a strain on the salary cap and limit long-term flexibility.

5. I asked Bowles if the team needs to get younger, and he replied, "I think we need to get faster, I don't know about younger." It's pretty much the same thing, but I agree with his premise. The Jets need their own version of Odell Beckham Jr. -- not necessarily a wide receiver, but a young, exciting player. It could be a running back or a tight end or an edge pass-rusher. Most of the Jets' best players are older than 30 years old: Marshall (32 next season), Fitzpatrick (33), Darrelle Revis (31), Nick Mangold (32) and David Harris (32). The onus will be on general manager Mike Maccagnan to improve the talent base with faster (and younger) players.

6. It sounds like Bowles will be banging the table to re-sign nose tackleDamon Harrison, a pending free agent. Bowles doesn't throw around too many superlatives, but he said Harrison had "a great year. … I thought he was very important for us." But he has to know it'll be tough to keep Harrison, especially with Muhammad Wilkerson's contract also expiring.

7. I didn't come away with the impression that Bowles is optimistic about his chances of re-signing Chris Ivory. You have to wonder how much they'll try. In the biggest game of the year, he got six carries. Six.

8. A downcast Jeremy Kerley held his tongue, saying little about his frustrating season. I think he knows he's a goner.

9. Bowles said he still considers Revis an elite cornerback. Some might question that, noting Revis often was used in zone coverage againstSammy Watkins. Once upon a time, that never would've happened. But know this: The Jets were concerned about Tyrod Taylor's scrambling ability and they didn't want to leave themselves vulnerable in man-to-man coverage, with their backs turned to the quarterback.

10. The Jets have the 20th pick in the draft. Only 116 days until they're on the clock.

>       http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/57755/jets-show-progress-but-season-cant-be-stamped-a-success

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The Message

After winning five games in a row, the Jets were 60 minutes shy from a postseason berth. But they fell behind early in Buffalo, couldn’t sustain a rally late and ultimately ended their 2015 campaign with a 22-17 loss to the Bills.

We made some strides, we didn’t make enough strides,” said Bowles. “From where we came from, we got better. We have a long way to go. It should sting. It should help us propel into next year, understanding what we have to do and work harder and win more games. You know, 10-6 on the surface is an okay record, but it’s not enough to get in.”

 

Need for Speed

When asked if he thought his team needed to get younger, Coach Bowles quickly transitioned to another area.

“I think we need to get faster – I don’t know about younger. We need to get faster,” he said. “Obviously certain areas, we’re going to have more team speed on the field and that’s always a plus to being a faster team.”

 

Fitz a High Priority

Ryan Fitzpatrickicon-article-link.gif, who in his first season with New York’s AFC representative threw for a career-high 3,905 yards and 31 TDs, could become a free agent. Bowles said the Jets would like to have him back in 2016.

“Important to bring him back because he’s the starting quarterback. I understand he’s a free agent and it’s all about business and you want to work things out. I understand when you try to bring somebody back and money gets involved to it – it involves the whole team,” he said. “It’s not just about bringing Fitz back – it’s about being able to afford him or somebody else overpaying for him and those types of things. But you can’t take away from anything he’s done this year from a record standpoint or otherwise. He’s been great for the guys in the locker room and he knows we want him back and he wants to be back. It’s just a matter of working it out.”

 

And if Fitz re-signs, his position is clear.

“If he comes back, he’ll be the starter.”

 

Surgery for Mo

Pro Bowl DE Muhammad Wilkersonicon-article-link.gif, who racked up a career-high 12 sacks in 2015, left Sunday’s contest with a broken leg and is expected to undergo surgery at some point over the next week.

 

D-Line Decisions

The Jets finished 2nd in the NFL against the run and one of the big reasons for that success was Damon “Snacks” Harrison. The 6’4”, 350-pounder, who was credited with 8 tackles Sunday (5 solo) and finished with 91 stops, was a handful all season long for opposing offenses. Both Harrison and Wilkerson could become free agents.

“It’s something we have to figure out in the offseason obviously. There are going to be some tricky parts on our doing and there are guys going to be wanting to come back and just working it all out,” Bowles said. “We have a while to get all that done, so there are a lot of things that have to be talked about before then.”

 

Money Talks

With a 58-yard run against the Bills, Chris Ivoryicon-article-link.gif went over the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career. Ivory, who was limited in practice last week with a knee ailment and shared time in the backfield with Stevan Ridleyicon-article-link.gif in Western New York, is another Jet who is scheduled to become a free agent his spring.

“I like Chris. Whether you want him back and how it works in free agency are two different things,” Bowles said. “Obviously money talks and situations differ. So to sit up here and say I want everybody back – yes. Is everybody coming back? No. Everybody is probably not going to come back. But Ivory had a great year, he’s a great running back, he’s a good guy, he works hard and I respect everything he does.”

 

Slow Starts

The Jets fell behind 16-7 at halftime in Week 17 and it marked the sixth consecutive road contest the Jets were on the wrong side of the scoreboard at intermission

“We’re going to study it as a staff,” Bowles said of starting slow overall. “We’re going to go over it and try to put a finger on it, but at this point right now I can’t tell you that.”


Do It All Again

After dropping four of five, the Jets were 5-5 when they departed Houston on Nov. 22. But during their five-game win streak, they proved to be resourceful and resilient while finding ways to win late against the Giants, the Cowboys, and the Patriots. That should help the team as moves forward in Bowles second season.

“To start with, you’re going to have a new team,” Bowles said. “The carryover is hopefully the confidence that we know how to win and we gel together, but as you get new pieces to your puzzle – you have to gel all over again and you have to blend it together. So hopefully with the right core intact, we can do that again.”

 

Self-Scout
While Bowles said he could do a lot of things better, he didn’t have a grade in mind when assessing his own performance.

“We didn’t go to the playoffs,” he said. “That’s the bottom line, so I don’t have a grade after that. If you want to call it an F, call it an F. If you want to call it a B, call it a B. I don’t have one for myself. I’m still working at it.”

 

http://www.newyorkjets.com/news/article-7/Bowles-News-Conference-9-Takeaways/15b6da6f-1215-4eeb-90b6-1d51ccbb5b63

 
 

 

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A funny thing happened to Mike Maccagnan in his first season as general manager: The Jets nearly made the playoffs.The job Maccagnan did puts him front-and-center in the running for the NFL Executive of the Year award. If the NFL gave out a “Rookie’’ Executive of the Year award, he would run away with the hardware in a landslide.

Despite the lack of a happy ending (a playoff berth), Maccagnan’s Jets gave their fans quite a ride this season — if a somewhat unexpected one.

Maccagnan might not concede this publicly, because in the NFL everyone is trained to say they “expect’’ to win every year, but, if given a drop or two of truth serum in his morning coffee, he would tell you that 10-6 and a play or two away from a postseason berth was not exactly on his radar when he first took over.In conversations I had with several respected NFL personnel before the season about realistic expectations for the Jets in 2015, their projections ranged from five to six wins given the team’s roster deficiencies. The Jets, of course, beat those expectations by four to five wins and bettered their 2014 output by six.

The challenge facing Maccagnan and the Jets now is this: Did they win too soon ?


Because now the automatic expectation is for the Jets to “take the next step’’ in 2016, which means making the playoffs. Anything less, of course, will be considered a step back or a failure.But the reality is, with the Jets’ schedule expected to be more stout than it was this season with the NFC West and AFC North replacing the weakling NFC East and AFC South on the slate, it’s possible the Jets could finish 8-8 next season and miss the playoffs — and actually be a better team than they were this year with a deeper roster and more talent.

Maccagnan and his front office staff came to the Jets with a long-term plan — a plan that remains in place — to turn a 4-12 team into a consistent contender by stocking its roster with the talent and depth it had been lacking so badly after too many years of poor drafts and bad personnel decisions.His plan is based on a patient, methodical building process. Of course, no fan of any team wants to hear about a four- or five-year plan. But the astute Jets fan needs to trust Maccagnan, who was hired for his talent-evaluation skills.

Yes, the Jets’ 2015 season was terrific — up until Sunday in Buffalo. But many holes remain in their roster, beginning with a serious deficiency in team speed.

Maccagnan did some immediate retooling with key veterans at the spots that were the most glaring weaknesses in 2014 — at receiver and in the secondary — and hoped for immediate improvement, which he got.Receiver Brandon Marshall, cornerbacks Darrelle Revis, Buster Skrine and Antonio Cromartie and safety Marcus Gilchrist quickly made the Jets much better than they were a year ago. Throw in quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and suddenly the Jets became instantly relevant again.

“We’re building something here; everybody understands that,’’ coach Todd Bowles said. “The core is in good shape. We need to build around that.’’

They will do that under Maccagnan’s capable watch, and it should begin by re-signing Fitzpatrick as soon as possible. That needs to be a building block that is solidified first. The Jets’ next task with their own free agents likely will be doing what they can to keep defensive tackle Damon “Snacks’’ Harrison.As far as defensive tackle Mo Wilkerson, they hold the upper hand on him with the option of locking him in for 2016 with the franchise tag, which is the most likely scenario because the sides are believed to be far apart on long-term talks.

“We have the foundation,’’ receiver Eric Decker said. “We have the core group to have success. We just have to add a few pieces here and there. I feel good about the direction we’re headed. This year has been a building block from last year.’’In a midseason state-of-the–team meeting with reporters in November, Maccagnan was asked if this season would be considered a “failure’’ if the Jets failed to make the playoffs, and he said, “I don’t view it as a benchmark. We want to build a team that can compete for the playoffs and then, hopefully, at some point in time, beyond that.’’

Here’s the dilemma coming so close to the playoffs has created for Maccagnan and Bowles: In the eyes of Jets fans, making the playoffs will be considered a benchmark in 2016, and anything short of that will be considered a step backward.

>         http://nypost.com/2016/01/06/how-expectation-game-could-backfire-on-maccagnan-bowles/

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EA Q&A : Sterling Start for Maccagnan & Bowles

@nyjets @eallenjets Todd/Mac might have missed playoffs, but from 4-12 I think both deserve some HC/GM of Year consideration

EA: True. The season-ending loss in Buffalo will sting for a while, but the Jets have come a long way in a calendar year. After a 4-12 season, Woody Johnson started anew last January. After hiring a pair of astute consultants in Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf, Mr. Johnson hired Mike Maccagnan and then Todd Bowles. With final say over the 53-man roster and the draft, Maccagnan made a pair of masterful trades while acquiring Brandon Marshallicon-article-link.gif  (109-1,502-14TD) from the Bears and  Ryan Fitzpatrickicon-article-link.gif  (31 TD & 3,905 Yards) from the Texans. He kept ILB  David Harrisicon-article-link.gif  off the market and he struck in free agency with what was an unheralded signing of LG  James Carpentericon-article-link.gif . He gave the secondary an overhaul as  Darrelle Revisicon-article-link.gif  (9 Takeaways) and Antonio Cromartieicon-article-link.gif  returned and safety  Marcus Gilchristicon-article-link.gif  (3 INT) and nickel back  Buster Skrineicon-article-link.gif  came via free agency.  Bilal Powellicon-article-link.gif  (47 Receptions) wasn’t a flashy re-sign in March, but he became one of the Jets most important offensive players in the season’s second half.

Sticking to the best player available philosophy on draft weekend, the Jets were delighted when  Leonard Williamsicon-article-link.gif  fell to them at No. 6 overall and they got a pass rusher with potential in the third round in the form of  Lorenzo Mauldinicon-article-link.gif  (4 Sacks). So after greatly increasing the talent on the roster, Bowles and his brand new coaching staff had to put it all together. Defensively, the Green & White finished T3 in takeaways with 30 and 3rd on third downs at 33.2%. Bowles turned over the offensive controls over to Chan Gailey and the Jets’ offense averaged nearly a full touchdown better in scoring per game (24.2 to 17.7) than last year. A unit who struggled at times when the run was taken away in earlier in the season flourished down the stretch with its pass game. And when the Jets hit adversity, they smiled and found a way to get themselves back into playoff contention. Bowles won over his locker room with a direct, no-nonsense approach. There were off-the-field situations that he handled seamlessly and he started to create a culture here. The Jets ultimately fell short of their postseason goal in 2015, but Maccagnan and Bowles pointed this team ahead.

 

@eallenjets @nyjets what's the key to keeping our roster together for the new year?

EA: The key is keeping the right people because you can’t retain everyone. Roster change is inevitable in the salary cap era. Todd Bowles, who made clear that the Jets would like to retain Ryan Fitzpatrick, talked about the offseason ahead at his season-ending news conference. “It’s going to be a lot of work. The way teams are nowadays with free agents, the draft and people getting hurt, you’re going to have a new team every year,” he said. “There’s going to be about 12 to 15 new guys on your team. So, you just have to find the right mix and try to find the right guys to sign back. Obviously, free agency is a crapshoot and a gamble and certain guys may try to leave. Hopefully, a lot of guys stay. We’re building something here. Everybody understands that. We’ll try to get as many of our guys as we can.”

@eallenjets @nyjets After witnessing this weekend's games, aren't you even more pissed at the opportunity the Jets blew in Buffalo?

EA: No. Now I’d be lying if I said the thought of the Jets matching up with the Bengals didn’t go through my head Saturday evening.  John Greetleaf Whittier wrote, “For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.’" And some people – even in the realm of sports – can’t get beyond the might have beens. But to move forward, you have to learn from the past and be ready the next time an opportunity is in front of you. The Jets lost 6 times in 2015 – not once.  

@eallenjets @nyjets how do you think the organizations feels about Bryce Petty? The future, or do they go QB early?

 

EA: They certainly like Bryce Petty. From a physical standpoint, the 6’3”, 230-pounder has all the tools. A two-time All American QB who led Baylor to back-to-back Big 12 championships, the ball jumps out of Petty’s right hand and he delivers with accuracy down the fieldl. But this season was basically a redshirt year for Petty as he had the opportunity to take a step back and watch Ryan Fitzpatrick man the offensive controls. One of the most significant challenges for rookie signal callers is understanding how defenses are trying to attack you. It’s not just line up and play. I think back to the Giants game in Week 13 when the Jets were facing a 4th down in the fourth quarter as they were attempting to tie the game. Even before the ball was snapped,Fitzpatrick knew the offense was in a “bad” look against the coverage the G-Men had on the field. So on 4th and 6, Fitzpatrick scrambled for 15. That’s not how they drew it up in the film room, but that’s a savvy vet coming up big in winning time.

Petty learned a different language last season. Let’s see how far he progressed when the players return for spring camps and OTAs.  With that being said, I don’t think the Jets would avoid taking a QB if a prospect is the top player on their board. 

 

What is our biggest weakness on the team? https://twitter.com/eallenjets/status/686294932395528194 

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10 Answers from Mike Maccagnan

Jets GM Responds to Questions About Ryan Fitzpatrick, Muhammad Wilkerson, the Draft & His 2015 Team

 
Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan sat with the team's beat reporters early this afternoon for a half-hour debriefing following the Jets' season coming to a close at Buffalo with a 10-6 record.He demurred on giving himself a grade for his first season in the GM's office as well as providing specifics on several player personnel questions. But he did expand on some points about the Jets, their quarterbacks, their defense and their future heading toward Season No. 2 for both himself and head coach Todd Bowles. Here are excerpts from his answers to 10 questions from reporters:

On if he wants to bring potential free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick back as QB...

"We’d like very much to get him back, based on how he played this year. But I don’t really want to get into the speculation aspect of it. I would simply leave it at we’ll see how this thing works out."

On how he sees Geno Smith's and Bryce Petty's futures with the Jets...

"Bryce has made a lot of progress and we're kind of excited to have another offseason with him. ... I would say with Geno, he's under contract, we like the progress he's made and how he even handled the situation in the summer. Right now, I would say going forward we're going to see how Geno and Bryce progress with the offseason and go from there, and that's assuming we're able to re-sign Ryan."

On if he will target quarterback or any other position in the draft...

"It’s such an important position that I think every NFL team probably goes into the draft, with maybe a few exceptions of people who have really well established quarterbacks, of always looking at that position as a position of interest. We’ll be no different than them. I don’t want to sit there and say, 'With the 20th pick we're going to be targeting a quarterback.' Two things. One is you don’t want to tell the 31 other teams what you’re going to do. But I also think that’s kind of a flawed approach to a certain degree."

On if he thinks he got a good return on the investment to bring Darrelle Revis back to the Jets...

"I think so overall. ... I think Darrelle is a very good corner. As Todd said, sometimes they have good games and bad games and it comes with that position, the style of defense we play, too, but I’m very happy we have Darrelle back in the organization, not only from his ability as a player, but also from what he kind of brought to the team. ... There are a lot of areas where you can look at stats and we actually got better at, which I felt was a positive thing. So from my standpoint, I know it was a very aggressive move on our part for what we did, but I’m very happy with the results from it."

On if he wants to sign DE Muhammad Wilkerson to a long-term deal…

"Needless to say, Muhammad played very well this year. I think with him, and all of our players that we had on the team last year, we’re going to try to figure out ways to keep as many of them as we can. But I don’t want to go too far down that road because, like I said, it’s early. In a perfect world, we’d keep everybody on the roster, but we have to see how this thing unfolds. ...  At the end of the day, yes, we would very much like to have Muhammad back in the organization. Now how we manage to do that, time will tell."

On if the franchise tag is something he would consider using this year…

"It’s at the discretion of every team to use, I think to kind of hold things together and to protect things. Absolutely we would consider using the franchise tag. I know it always pertains back to Mo [Wilkerson] and not to get too far ahead of ourselves, it’s one of those things, for the most part, if we get to that point, we’ll do what’s in the best interest of the team."

On if Wilkerson would be one of the players he would consider using the franchise tag on…

"We would, potentially, yes. It’s not a big secret or anything like that."

 

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@nyjets

Maccagnan: "Absolutely we will consider using a franchise tag." Says Wilkerson is one of the players that could be considered.

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let's win a playoff game first,this team luck out in a lot of game, the Jets need a top ten QB,Fitz is not the answer 

Pretty much the only thing that matters with the two of them. Find us a quarterback in the next few years or it's on to the next regime.

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A funny thing happened to Mike Maccagnan in his first season as general manager: The Jets nearly made the playoffs.The job Maccagnan did puts him front-and-center in the running for the NFL Executive of the Year award. If the NFL gave out a “Rookie’’ Executive of the Year award, he would run away with the hardware in a landslide.

Despite the lack of a happy ending (a playoff berth), Maccagnan’s Jets gave their fans quite a ride this season — if a somewhat unexpected one.

Maccagnan might not concede this publicly, because in the NFL everyone is trained to say they “expect’’ to win every year, but, if given a drop or two of truth serum in his morning coffee, he would tell you that 10-6 and a play or two away from a postseason berth was not exactly on his radar when he first took over.In conversations I had with several respected NFL personnel before the season about realistic expectations for the Jets in 2015, their projections ranged from five to six wins given the team’s roster deficiencies. The Jets, of course, beat those expectations by four to five wins and bettered their 2014 output by six.

The challenge facing Maccagnan and the Jets now is this: Did they win too soon ?


Because now the automatic expectation is for the Jets to “take the next step’’ in 2016, which means making the playoffs. Anything less, of course, will be considered a step back or a failure.But the reality is, with the Jets’ schedule expected to be more stout than it was this season with the NFC West and AFC North replacing the weakling NFC East and AFC South on the slate, it’s possible the Jets could finish 8-8 next season and miss the playoffs — and actually be a better team than they were this year with a deeper roster and more talent.

Maccagnan and his front office staff came to the Jets with a long-term plan — a plan that remains in place — to turn a 4-12 team into a consistent contender by stocking its roster with the talent and depth it had been lacking so badly after too many years of poor drafts and bad personnel decisions.His plan is based on a patient, methodical building process. Of course, no fan of any team wants to hear about a four- or five-year plan. But the astute Jets fan needs to trust Maccagnan, who was hired for his talent-evaluation skills.

Yes, the Jets’ 2015 season was terrific — up until Sunday in Buffalo. But many holes remain in their roster, beginning with a serious deficiency in team speed.

Maccagnan did some immediate retooling with key veterans at the spots that were the most glaring weaknesses in 2014 — at receiver and in the secondary — and hoped for immediate improvement, which he got.Receiver Brandon Marshall, cornerbacks Darrelle Revis, Buster Skrine and Antonio Cromartie and safety Marcus Gilchrist quickly made the Jets much better than they were a year ago. Throw in quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and suddenly the Jets became instantly relevant again.

“We’re building something here; everybody understands that,’’ coach Todd Bowles said. “The core is in good shape. We need to build around that.’’

They will do that under Maccagnan’s capable watch, and it should begin by re-signing Fitzpatrick as soon as possible. That needs to be a building block that is solidified first. The Jets’ next task with their own free agents likely will be doing what they can to keep defensive tackle Damon “Snacks’’ Harrison.As far as defensive tackle Mo Wilkerson, they hold the upper hand on him with the option of locking him in for 2016 with the franchise tag, which is the most likely scenario because the sides are believed to be far apart on long-term talks.

“We have the foundation,’’ receiver Eric Decker said. “We have the core group to have success. We just have to add a few pieces here and there. I feel good about the direction we’re headed. This year has been a building block from last year.’’In a midseason state-of-the–team meeting with reporters in November, Maccagnan was asked if this season would be considered a “failure’’ if the Jets failed to make the playoffs, and he said, “I don’t view it as a benchmark. We want to build a team that can compete for the playoffs and then, hopefully, at some point in time, beyond that.’’

Here’s the dilemma coming so close to the playoffs has created for Maccagnan and Bowles: In the eyes of Jets fans, making the playoffs will be considered a benchmark in 2016, and anything short of that will be considered a step backward.

>         http://nypost.com/2016/01/06/how-expectation-game-could-backfire-on-maccagnan-bowles/

Great article that every Jets fan should  read over and over again.   

Finally we may get it right !!!!!

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Pretty much the only thing that matters with the two of them. Find us a quarterback in the next few years or it's on to the next regime.

Having a franchise quarterback as a binary proposition is mostly a matter of luck. Dozens of regimes around the league come and go for every time such a quarterback becomes any degree of available. As far as what you can control, with Fitz they've done about as much as you can do in terms of incremental improvement through normal means as with any other position. Above-average quarterback play basically for free is highway robbery. Step two is not falling into the Pennington trap but you'd have to think the risk of that is pretty minimal given that Fitz is 33 or whatever. 

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Great article that every Jets fan should  read over and over again.   

Finally we may get it right !!!!!

Education is an important  thing in the life of humanity .  I think my big brother said it best when he said " Wisdom is the principle thing, so get wisdom but in all thy getting, get understanding".

This fan base is so starved for a winner, that it sometimes can't see the forest through the trees. I made a post about this same thing just a little while ago in which I stated that we might have been better off not making the playoffs. We made the playoffs in Edwards's  1st yr, in Mangini's 1st yr and in Ryan's 1st yr only to fall flat because of a belief that we were better than we actually were.

This type of thinking leads to drafting for supposed needs instead of taking the very best football players on the board regardless of position or turning our draft positions into commodities that can be used to gain additional commodities in the present draft yr and future draft yrs. This type of drafting leads to players like Hill and pryor and Amaro being drafted where they should never have been and being forced into action before they should be.

Every GM/HC makes mistakes and will make mistakes in the draft, but the better front offices minimize their mistakes and add talent to their  rosters. Maybe, we finally have a front office that can do this and will be allowed to do this even if  we take a step back so we can take 2 steps forward . 

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The great Jenny Vrentas of MMQB wrote an excellent in-depth piece today about the interview process for NFL head coaches. It was around one year ago the Jets hired Todd Bowles, and Jenny's piece touches on the interview Bowles had.

Sometimes the smallest details say the most: Casserly recalls that when Todd Bowles interviewed with the Jets, the fact that he was so in command of the conversation and never once opened his notes impressed everyone in the room.

This article was a great read from top to bottom. I encourage you to click over and give it a look. There was one particular passage that really spoke to me, though.
 
"You’d be surprised," says one team executive who hired a new head coach this year. "People really reveal themselves."
 
Here’s an example of what that means: The candidate who said his vision for the offense will be whatever the coordinator wants is not ready to be a head coach. Here’s another: If an offensive coordinator interviewing for a head-coaching job still wants to draw cards for the game, that’s a sign he hasn’t graduated to being the CEO of a team.I think this touches on a mistake we all tend to make as fans when evaluating head coaching candidates. It isn't just you or me. It isn't just Jets fans. People all across the league do it. If our team's offense stinks, we gravitate to the coordinator of the best offense. If our team's defense stinks, we gravitate to the coordinator of the best defense.
 
The things we value, though, are traits of great coordinators, not great head coaches.
 
Sure, coordinator experience has some value. It is a chance to view performance supervising a unit. A head coach will likely put his philosophical input into the system of the team he runs. There is so much more that goes into it, though. Being a head coach is about managing, and the duties are wildly different from a coordinator. A head coach has to assemble a staff and supervise it. He has to manage the game. He has to create a culture and do so many other things that are inapplicable to a coordinator job.Here's the thing. It isn't just fans who fall into the trap of going for the hot coordinator. I have seen some people mock Woody Johnson for hiring Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf to help him with the searches for general manager and head coach a year ago. How can an owner not know enough to run his own search?
 
Well, Woody didn't pick these names out of a hat. He also didn't hire them because they ran winning teams. Casserly and Wolf were part of a committee the league commissioned to do quality control on candidates for big jobs and recommend the best.  Robert Gulliver, the league’s executive vice president of human resources who is assisting with the initiative, said that teams face obstacles in the hiring process. For one, decisions are made incredibly quickly—usually within a week of the firing. Then there is the fact that media hype often shapes coaching hires.
 
The NFL’s committee, officially known as the Career Development Advisory Panel, is trying to change the way owners hear about candidates. "We realized there was an opportunity to do more digging, more analysis and get more names beyond what were mentioned in the media," said Gulliver, a former Wells Fargo executive.Most owners have not been around football their entire lives. Their frame of reference for many coaching decisions has been the same as fans, hire the hot coordinator whether or not his skills as a coordinator translate to the very different job of being a head coach.
 
Think about some of the successful coaches in the NFL today. Bill Belichick was fired from his first head coaching job. Pete Carroll was fired from his first two. Mike Tomlin was only a coordinator for a year before the Steelers hired him. Andy Reid was a position coach. Mike McCarthy was coordinator for one of the worst offenses in the league. Bruce Arians was run out of Pittsburgh as a coordinator and thought his career was over. Sean Payton was stripped of his play-calling duties once as a coordinator. Even a lot of diehard Eagles fans wouldn't have recognized the name John Harbaugh as an assistant on their team when the Ravens hired him in 2008.
 
Recent resumes of coordinator work cannot tell you whether somebody has the leadership tools to succeed or whether somebody has learned from failures and is now better equipped to succeed than in the past. These evaluations are more art than science.
 
The teams asking the smart questions and judging qualities correctly are the ones that make good hires,
 

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JETS' FRONT OFFICE DESERVES TONS OF CREDIT

Plenty of fans wanted New York to grab Kevin White at No. 6, but it opted to bring in Brandon Marshall for a sixth-rounder and draft Leonard Williams there instead. Mel Kiper Jr. has nothing but praise for those two moves. Re-grading 2015 draft (Insider)

http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyj/new-york-jets

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just an fyi..

~ ~ Bears first-round draft choice WR Kevin White won't play this season

 -- The Chicago Bears announced Tuesday that 2015 first-round draft choice wide receiver Kevin White will remain on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list for the remainder of the season

White is no longer eligible to practice for the rest of the year.

The No. 7 overall pick underwent surgery in August to repair a stress fracture in his left shin the team discovered during the offseason program. Doctors inserted a rod to stabilize White's tibia and reduce his risk of suffering a similar stress fracture in the future.

The Bears claim they had no knowledge of White's condition prior to the draft.

The Bears initially conceded that White's injury could sideline him his entire rookie season, but the club opened White's 21-day practice day window on Nov. 24. After a week of working on the side with trainers, White began participating in full team drills, spurring debate about his readiness to play this season.

Head coach John Fox further muddied the waters when he declared White's leg "healed" on Dec. 7."I think his leg is healed," Fox said. "Now it's a matter of getting into football shape. We'll evaluate that deal. We have medical people that deal with him every day. And we'll continue to bring the football play element back into it. If he's cleared to play football, he'll be out there. If not, he won't."

However, the Chicago Tribune reported two days later that Bears management already decided White would not play a single snap in 2015. Fox attempted to discredit the report.

"There are always lots of reports. Then there's facts," Fox said.

White is expected to be ready for the club's offseason program next spring.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/14375997/wr-kevin-white-chicago-bears-remain-pup-list-rest-2015-season

 

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On the one-year anniversary of his introduction as general manager of the New York Jets, Mike Maccagnan was recognized Thursday for a job well done.Maccagnan was voted 2015 Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America, the organization announced. He became the first member of the Jets' front office to receive the honor. The PFWA began the award in 1993.

In a press release, the PFWA said of Maccagnan  :

"After a 4-12 season in 2014, the Jets had a huge turnaround in 2015 with a 10-6 record, just missing the AFC playoffs on the final day of the regular season. Maccagnan was hired as Jets’ GM in January 2015. The Jets signed key unrestricted free agents, including guard James Carpenter, safety Marcus Gilchrist and cornerback Darrelle Revis, and New York also traded for wide receiver Brandon Marshall and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Maccagnan and his staff selected defensive lineman Leonard Williams in the first round, who went on to PFWA All-Rookie Team honors."

>     http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/58079/jets-gm-mike-maccagnan-named-executive-of-the-year-by-pfwa

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Jenny Vrentas, the Star-Ledger alumna who these days does outstanding work for The MMQB, wrote a story this week that peels back the curtain on the NFL's job-interview process for head coaches.Vrentas talked to a number of people who've been directly involved in interviewing for NFL coaching jobs, both on the record and with a promise of anonymity. The whole story is worth your time, but there's a revealing anecdote about head coach Todd Bowles and what Bowles did to impress the Jets' decision-makers when he met with them.

Vrentas' source for the Bowles tidbit was Charley Casserly, the former Washington and Texans general manager who is now on the NFL's career development advisory panel. Through the panel, Jets owner Woody Johnson had tapped Casserly and Hall of Fame ex-Packers GM Ron Wolf to assist in the search process, which included being in the room when the Jets interviewed their coach and GM candidates.And here's how Vrentas passed along what Casserly told her about those meetings:

Sometimes the smallest details say the most: Casserly recalls that when Todd Bowles interviewed with the Jets, the fact that he was so in command of the conversation and never once opened his notes impressed everyone in the room.Bowles, in his 12 months on the job, has shown an ability to take control of situations and to be decisive. Last summer, he was greeted with the suspension and

subsequent arrest

 of defensive end Sheldon Richardson, and starting quarterback Geno Smith

having his jaw broken

 by a punch from linebacker IK Enemkpali.

Bowles' responses ? He had Richardson work with the backups during training camp, and Ememkpali was immediately released, while Ryan Fitzpatrick took over at quarterback. Bowles acted quickly, and moved on.

During the season, Bowles laid into the Jets after a midseason swoon, in part by releasing Quinton Coples, an underperforming former first-round pick, and in part by showing the kind of fiery emotion Bowles' public persona belies. Bowles wasn't afraid to hold players accountable, be it by platooning starting inside linebacker Demario Davis with Erin Henderson, or by benching star defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson for the first quarter of a game because Wilkerson was late for a meeting.And once the season was over, Bowles immediately cut ties with special teams coach Bobby April, whose unit underperformed all season long.

In Bowles' first season, the Jets improved from 4-12 to 10-6. They ultimately came up just short of the playoffs—an outcome that still stings for many fans—but it's almost impossible to argue that they hired the wrong coach. Vrentas' story provides a pretty darn good clue as to why they made the decision they did.

>    http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2016/01/how_did_todd_bowles_impress_jets_during_job_interv.html#incart_river_index

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The Jets’ remarkable turnaround in general manager Mike Maccagnan’s first year netted Maccagnan a big honor Thursday, when he was named NFL Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.Maccagnan is the first Jets executive to win the award — voted on by the PFWA membership — since it was created in 1993.

Gang Green came up just short of the playoffs, but Maccagnan earned praise for improving them to 10-6 after a 4-12 finish in 2014, the final year of predecessor John Idzik’s brief reign.As well as landing NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate Leonard Williams in the draft, Maccagnan fueled the turnaround with key free-agent additions in cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie and trades for wide receiver Brandon Marshall and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

>    http://nypost.com/2016/01/21/it-took-one-year-for-mike-maccagnan-to-make-jets-history/

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