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Googling news about the Jets I stumble across this old one from last season.  Its actually funny (in a pathetic kind of way) reading this now considering all the hope I would have expected to have by today's end....but obliviously to no avail.  The interesting part is Macs quote at the end: "...We’ve always said, from Day 1, we acknowledge that the real core of this process was going to be done through the draft. That does take time.’’

His vision must clearly be building this team through multiple drafts and plug in guys from FA as needed.  I have to assume his goal is, and has been, to get his QB in the draft.....he must be confident whether he has to move up in draft or not, that he will get his guy.  

We shall see.


Woody Johnson should stay far, far away from Jets

July 31, 2017 | 7:43pm



Monday was the third day of Jets training camp and team owner Woody Johnson has not yet been to a practice or even inside the building.

And maybe it’s best that way, because the further away from his team and the men he hired to make football decisions for him the better.

Johnson’s only chance at turning around his floundering franchise, which last made the playoffs in 2010, is to let his general manager, Mike Maccagnan, do what he was brought here to do: Build a roster with young talent, primarily through the draft, and allow it to develop.

An impatient owner — which Johnson has built a reputation for being during his 18-year tenure as owner (excluding his overextended man crush on Rex Ryan) — has no chance of changing the Jets culture.

Maccagnan was hired because he’d built a reputation as a strong evaluator of talent. So let Maccagnan keep bringing in more talent and see where this goes. Unless Maccagnan’s drafts start looking like John Idzik drafts, he should be left alone to build the team.

Continuity always has evaded Johnson, who at times has been too swayed by outside influences (see fans and media) and become trigger-happy (see the Eric Mangini firing).


It shouldn’t matter to Johnson what his team’s record is this season when deciding whether or not to retain Maccagnan and his staff.

If the Jets finish 6-10, 4-12 or 2-14 it, too, shouldn’t affect whether Maccagnan is given a fourth year to continue building the team. By all indications, it was on Johnson’s stern orders that linebacker David Harris, the heart and soul of the defense, and receiver Eric Decker, a dependable, productive veteran, were suddenly and curiously released in June.

Those moves made it pretty obvious Johnson’s intentions are to tank this season in order to land the top one or two picks in the 2018 draft, which is projected to be rich with quarterback talent.

So the Jets owner should be realistic about what he’s left Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles to work with this season, which on paper resembles the football equivalent of Triple-A baseball squad.

A fair and obvious question about these Jets, in their third year under the leadership of Maccagnan and Bowles, is where exactly they are in the “competitive rebuild’’ process Maccagnan described this as when he was hired before the 2015 season.

The Jets appear a lot more dialed into the “rebuild” than the “competitive’’ at the moment.

They appeared all-in two years ago, re-signing Darrelle Revis and signing free agents Brandon Marshall and Decker. They went 10-6, barely missed the playoffs and Maccagnan’s “competitive rebuild’’ words rang brilliant, prescient and true.

That 2015 season, however, raised false expectations — expectations that were dashed in 2016 to the tune of 5-11, leaving the franchise at its current low, with massive questions at quarterback and talent level in general.

But maybe this group, predicted by almost everyone to be the worst team in the league, will surprise. There is talent on defense, highlighted by defensive lineman Leonard Williams, a rising star, and safety Jamal Adams, a potential Rookie of the Year candidate.

“Every team goes into training camp with the idea of trying to make the playoffs,’’ Maccagnan said Monday in a 30-minute sit-down with reporters at the team’s training facility. “We’re no different than any other team out there. I feel this is going to be an exciting season based on what we’ve seen in the offseason.’’

Asked about the tug-of-war between “competitive’’ and “rebuild,’’ Maccagnan said, “There’s always this idea that you either have to go long [-term] or short [-term] on the whole thing.

“We have some good, young players that we feel good about. We’re still focused on building this team to the vision that we have for it long-term. We’ve always said, from Day 1, we acknowledge that the real core of this process was going to be done through the draft. That does take time.’’

For the sake of Jets fans — who’ve been waiting too long for something to cheer about — like, say, a playoff berth — hopefully Johnson gives Maccagnan that time.




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