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Mike Maccagnan’s tenure as Jets general manager has had some bright spots, but there have been plenty of blemishes on his resume throughout the years as well.

From failed free agent signings to head-scratching draft picks and trades that simply did not work out, Maccagnan’s run with the Jets has featured a little bit of everything. No general manager is perfect, but Maccagnan has drawn frequent criticism for missing the mark a bit too often.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of Maccagnan’s biggest mistakes as Jets general manager.

- The Darrelle Revis contract

As one of his first big moves with the Jets, Maccagnan brought Darrelle Revis back to the big apple on a five-year deal worth $68 million and $39 million in guaranteed money in 2015.At the time of the deal, Maccagnan was lauded for his aggression and bringing one of the best players in franchise history back home. However, the move wound up backfiring and the Jets were left with an overpaid, regressing cornerback.Revis wasn’t terrible in 2015, but his 2016 season was a downright disaster. He was routinely burned in coverage and was a liability on the field. Revis’ fall from grace was dramatic and he was released at season’s end, only two years into the five-year contract Maccagnan gave him.

- Drafting Christian Hackenberg

Arguably Maccagnan’s biggest lapse in judgment in his time with the Jets came in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft. In need of a quarterback, Maccagnan reached and selected Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg, who wound up never seeing regular season action with the team.For some reason, Maccagnan thought Hackenberg could overcome his turnover-happy ways at Penn State and poor mechanics to succeed in the NFL.Regardless of why Maccagnan liked Hackenberg, picking him was a flat out awful decision. Hackenberg could not hit the broad side of a barn with his throws and was a disaster in his time with the Jets.

- A string of free agent busts

While the Revis signing was Maccagnan’s first big free agent miss,it wasn’t his last.Since his first free agency with the Jets,Maccagnan has swung big with plenty of signings.More often than not, he has missed.Antonio Cromartie only lasted one season opposite Revis at cornerback, while the often-flagged Buster Skrine underwhelmed in the slot. The jury is still out on $72.5 million dollar man Trumaine Johnson, but so far, he looks like a mistake as well.Maccagnan’s track record on offense isn’t any better. Two of New York’s supposed top signings from last offseason, running back Isaiah Crowell and center Spencer Long, were released after only one season with the team. Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor didn’t even make it to the end of the season before he was released.The hope is that Le’Veon Bell and C.J. Mosley buck the trend and succeed with the Jets instead of going down as big-money busts. If Bell and Mosley struggle, Maccagnan will be on the chopping block.

- No EDGE

It’s been four years and Maccagnan has yet to find a consistent pass rusher. Given New York’s struggles at the position, that is inexcusable.The fact that Maccagnan has not spent the money to bring in a big-time EDGE is mind-boggling. Plenty of good pass rushers have been available for the taking both in free agency and on the trade market, but Maccagnan has yet to sufficiently address the need. Jordan Jenkins, Brandon Copeland and Frankie Luvu are nice players, but the Jets need a dominant force coming off the edge if they want to contend moving forward.Jachai Polite has the potential to develop into that player, but that’s not a given. New York’s hopes for pass rush help should not be centered around the development of a third-round draft pick. Maccagnan has failed to address a major position of need here and should have to answer for it.

>   https://jetswire.usatoday.com/2019/05/14/new-york-jets-mike-maccagnan-biggest-mistakes-as-jets-general-manager/

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Just how bad was Jets’ Rashard Robinson trade ?..  Ranking Mike Maccagnan’s 13 worst moves

The Jets’ cut Rashard Robinson – along with two other players – over the weekend in order to make room on the roster for some of their new draft picks.

In other words, general manager Mike Maccagnan finally gave in and admitted defeat on his 2017 trade for the cornerback.Robinson turned out to be an utter disappointment and cost the Jets a 5-round pick. But where does that obviously bad decision rank among Maccagnan’s (lengthy) list of miscues ?

Here’s a look at some of Maccagnan’s biggest mistakes since joining the Jets in 2015 :

1. Drafting QB Christian Hackenberg (2016)

Is there any doubt about what No. 1 on this list should be? Not only was Hackenberg bad, he was completely inept and unable to ever set foot on an NFL field. This move could not have gone any worse and was an utter waste of a second-round selection.

2. Signing CB Darrelle Revis (2015)

Revis made a whole lot of money to do a whole lot of nothing for the Jets in this reunion tour. He was OK-ish in 2015, but the whole thing imploded in 2016. And the structure of the deal crushed the Jets, too. Giving out $39 million guaranteed to an over-the-hill cornerback turned out to be a bad idea. Big surprise.

3. Letting NT Damon Harrison walk/re-signing DE Muhammad Wilkerson (2016)

These moves are listed in tandem because Maccagnan was forced to make a decision between these two, for cap reasons. Ultimately, he chose wrong. Harrison was and continues to be a very strong defensive presence, while Wilkerson turned into a cultural nightmare, ripe with disciplinary issues. Things went sideways in a hurry and the Jets paid him $37 million for eight sacks over two seasons.

4. Re-signing QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (2016)

All the drama that surrounded Fitzpatrick that offseason turned out to be completely absurd and unfounded. He sure didn’t recreate his 2015 magic, as he basically stole $12 million from the Jets in 2016, contributing just 12 touchdowns, 17 picks and a 69.6 rating.

5. Drafting WR Devin Smith (2015)

Another completely wasted second-round pick here. Smith couldn’t stay healthy. He has just 10 career catches. Now he’s on a future/reserves deal with the Cowboys after getting cut by the Jets last July. Beyond brutal.

6. Drafting WR ArDarius Stewart (2017)

Maccagnan’s track record with wide receivers, particularly in the draft, has been abysmal. Stewart only cost a third-round pick, but he was still a total bust. He got suspended two games for a PED bust last July and was released once the suspension ended last season. Effectively, he lasted all of one year with the Jets. He made six catches. Yikes.

7. Trading for CB Rashard Robinson (2017)

The move for Robinson comes further down the board because it only cost Maccagnan a fifth-round pick to trade for the corner – but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a complete waste. Robinson couldn’t have been much less productive. All told, he played in 16 games for the Jets, with two starts — and just 103 defensive snaps. That’s brutal. Even worse? He was a known headache before the trade, then continued to get into trouble with the Jets, including a four-game suspension for edible marijuana possession. This trade went wrong in just about every way possible.

8. Signing WR Terrelle Pryor (2018)

Pryor was OK when he was on the field, but wasn’t much of a factor, outside of two touchdowns right before he got cut. Ultimately, he couldn’t stay healthy, so he was sent packing. The Jets signed him to a one-year, $4.5 million contract, so not a huge contract or big blow to the salary cap. But they got just six games, 14 catches, 235 yards and those two touchdowns out of him during his brief stint. Clearly not enough value for the money.

9. Drafting LB Lorenzo Mauldin (2015)

The second and third rounds of the NFL Draft have been a house of horrors for Maccagnan. Mauldin, a third-round pick, was no exception. He had an alright rookie season, playing 15 games and tallying 10 tackles, four sacks and a fumble recovery. But he never did much of anything after that, finishing his stint with just 33 tackles and 6.5 sacks. He was cut before last season as a result.

10. Signing C Spencer Long (2018)

The good news? Cutting Long this offseason didn’t cost the Jets anything in terms of dead money, because this contract was structured fairly well. The bad news? The team basically had a void at center for most of last season, as Long proved ineffective. A finger injury didn’t help, but he struggled to even snap the ball at times. Giving quarterback Sam Darnold basically no help from the center position in his rookie season was pretty brutal to watch at times.

11. Drafting LB Darron Lee (2016)

Lee hasn’t been a total disaster the past three years, as he’s been a starter and consistent contributor, even if he’s been unspectacular. But now the Jets have effectively given up on their first-round selection by signing C.J. Mosley to take his place in the lineup and declining his fifth-year option. Lee may or may not be with the team this year and will likely provide very little in return, regardless of whether he’s traded or allowed to walk in exchange for a compensatory pick. Effectively, Maccagnan got/will get three years of sub-par performance, plus a late-round pick, in exchange for his No. 20 selection in 2016. That’s not nearly good enough.

12. Signing RB Isaiah Crowell (2018)

Crowell had a handful of standout performances, but not nearly enough. Ultimately, he proved ineffective. Worse yet, he more or less openly disrespected Todd Bowles by turning his “butt wipe” celebration – which the head coach publicly decried – into an endorsement deal. Crowell was not worth the $4 million guaranteed. And he’s going to cost them $2 million in dead cap this season, too, since they cit him.

Honorable mention: Signing CB Trumaine Johnson (2018)

We’re withholding full judgement on this deal – well, kind of – considering it’s a five-year contract and we’ve only seen one season play out so far. But to this point, Johnson seems destined for this list. He was a disaster in 2018, turning in underwhelming performances throughout the season, in addition to missing time due to injury. Then he was benched in Week 17 for disciplinary reasons. His first impression in New York was horrible, especially given his $45 million guaranteed. But, there’s still time to turn it around.

>    https://www.nj.com/jets/2019/05/just-how-bad-was-jets-rashard-robinson-trade-ranking-mike-maccagnans-13-worst-moves.html

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17 minutes ago, T0mShane said:

What a hack-ass piece of sh*t article clearly written atop someone’s toilet. The actual list:

1. Passing on Deshaun Watson and Pat Mahomes. Call this revisionist, but that’s not how history works, which will show that there were two franchise QBs on the board and he took a safety. 

2. Re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh McCown instead of having the guts to go through a proper rebuild when both QBs were clearly stopgaps.

3. Offering Kirk Cousins $120 million in guaranteed money while fielding the worst roster in football. Imagine where the Jets would be if Maccagnan succeeded in bringing in Steve Beurlein 2.0 at $30 mil per.

4. Ignoring the OL and skill positions in the drafts leading up to 2018 while still claiming the “plan” was to draft QB in 2018. 

#4 is my #1.  He should have been drafting 2 OL prospects per year until a good, young line was in place.  Clearly his philosophy is that an adequate OL can be patched together through vet castoffs and occasional mid to late round picks.  Maybe he's slowly realizing the error of his ways since he used a 3rd round pick this year and traded for a guy who has a fair chance to be very good this year vs. the garbage of the past? Yeah, probably not.

Hackenberg is #2.  It is simply amazing how this franchise burns up second round picks, year after year.  This one was an obvious reach to almost everyone at the time, so not even revisionism.

 

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20 minutes ago, Jetsfan80 said:

 

  1. Drafting Christian Hackenberg, who had a 0.00001 % chance of success in the NFL.
  2. Passing on Mahomes/Watson because of the presence of Hackenberg and taking a Safety instead.

Agreed with your # 3 and 4.  Basically his QB and OL management were/are absolutely awful.  Having Darnold fall into his lap after doing such a poor job at that should in no way have saved his job.  Especially since his "Plan A" was Cousins. 

Hackenberg was an embarrassing failure of our scouting process and exposed Maccagnan as a clueless dolt, but it’s not a top-ten miss for him. It’s ok to swing and miss on a QB, imo. Much worse to swing and miss on an ILB. 

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5 minutes ago, Beerfish said:

#1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10

Ignoring the oline when you know 100% you are going to draft a young franchise Qb at some point in your tenure.

He drafted 3 QBs and ignored the oline all along.  Pure stupidity.

3 draft picks spent on the O-Line in 5 drafts, with only 1 of the 3 being taken inside of the first 150 picks.  Which will ultimately lead to us needing a new LT and probably a new C next year as well as a new LG and RG after 2020. 

Criminal negligence. 

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36 minutes ago, Jetsfan80 said:

 

  1. Drafting Christian Hackenberg, who had a 0.00001 % chance of success in the NFL.
  2. Passing on Mahomes/Watson because of the presence of Hackenberg and taking a Safety instead.

Agreed with your # 3 and 4.  Basically his QB and OL management were/are absolutely awful.  Having Darnold fall into his lap after doing such a poor job at that should in no way have saved his job.  Especially since his "Plan A" was Cousins. 

I’ve addressed the same points many times and the evidence is crystal clear...the Jets basically have your standard, run of the mill, not too bright, Office Drone sitting in the GMs chair for (looks at calendar, shakes head) 5 Years now.

Protecting his job and avoiding criticism is by far priority number 1 with this guy.  The future of the Jets is by far a distant second.

I think that Darnold is “unfortunately” going to be “that good” and will save this dolts job for another decade though.  But at least the 80 IQ coach and his band of carefully selected 79 IQ and below staff are gone and Maccagnan now stands ALONE on an island.

Glad to see that he ALREADY is not the apple of Gase’s eye in what he wants as a GM getting him his roster.

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1 hour ago, T0mShane said:

What a hack-ass piece of sh*t article clearly written atop someone’s toilet. The actual list:

1. Passing on Deshaun Watson and Pat Mahomes. Call this revisionist, but that’s not how history works, which will show that there were two franchise QBs on the board and he took a safety. 

2. Re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh McCown instead of having the guts to go through a proper rebuild when both QBs were clearly stopgaps.

3. Offering Kirk Cousins $120 million in guaranteed money while fielding the worst roster in football. Imagine where the Jets would be if Maccagnan succeeded in bringing in Steve Beurlein 2.0 at $30 mil per.

4. Ignoring the OL and skill positions in the drafts leading up to 2018 while still claiming the “plan” was to draft QB in 2018. 

I'm sure you would have picked one of the QB's if you were GM. :rolleyes: Get real.

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I suspected there'd be 20 ingrates popping woodys when I saw the title of the thread..  I think I may have underestimated.

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1 hour ago, T0mShane said:

Hackenberg was an embarrassing failure of our scouting process and exposed Maccagnan as a clueless dolt, but it’s not a top-ten miss for him. It’s ok to swing and miss on a QB, imo. Much worse to swing and miss on an ILB. 

Hard disagree. Lee's allergic to contact and has zero instincts, but his Combine workout was similar to guys like Bobby Wagner and Samson Ebukam. It was a whiff, but at least there was something there. There is literally zero precedent for a quarterback with Hackenberg's statistical profile ever succeeding in the modern NFL. It might be the single worst draft pick in Jets history, which is obviously a pretty high bar to clear.

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not following his ideas with conviction (caved on decisions early on)

trade up for Wentz (3rd round pick in retrospect is nothing)

don't sign Fitz for $12m

trade Mo (even at a discount) instead of signing him to that big contract - or draft pass rusher or offense

seems like he started down the right path and changed direction 

hard to blame him for Revis since that was Owners call - I also think Revis gave up due to lazy locker room and bad defensive coaching

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52 minutes ago, Jetsfan80 said:

Savage.

To be fair, when he was taken, he was the BFA (Best Fetus Available).  His parents couldn't believe he fell to them. 

good one

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36 minutes ago, Thai Jet said:

I'm sure you would have picked one of the QB's if you were GM. :rolleyes: Get real.

Fans have 20/20 hindsight.  These posts are hysterical. 

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43 minutes ago, Pac said:

I suspected there'd be 20 ingrates popping woodys when I saw the title of the thread..  I think I may have underestimated.

you did   ;)

 

 

 

cheers ~ ~

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34 minutes ago, JetsFanatic said:

Fans have 20/20 hindsight.  These posts are hysterical. 

Jets fans had 20/20 foresight when Hackenberg was drafted.  Every person in here ripping the Hackenberg pick were posting the exact same stuff on draft night as they are right now. 

31 other teams in the league knew Hackenberg would be a bust, including a few GM's who have been fired in the 2015-present span. 

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1 hour ago, Thai Jet said:

I'm sure you would have picked one of the QB's if you were GM. :rolleyes: Get real.

I wanted Watson on draft night. 

Granted, I didn't want Mahomes, and I like Darnold better than Watson.  But I'm not paid handsomely to be an NFL GM.  Mike Maccagnan is.  He took Christian Hackenberg on the 2nd round, and still believed he could be a franchise QB a year later despite the guy being unable to even complete passes in pre-game warmups to non-moving targets. 

At some point, when you add up all these mistakes, you can't cover them all with the argument that "hindsight is 20/20".  GM's are paid to have foresight.

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Truly how in the f*** is Mac still in that office. Getting lucky and having Darnold fall into his lap is not a qualifier for retaining him.

 

I respect #33 and what he brings to the defense but passing on Mahomes and Watson is unforgivable. 

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1 hour ago, dbatesman said:

literally no one knew Watson or Mahomes would be good, cant fault Maccc for that one

Exactly. Especially Mahomes who everyone thought the Chiefs were crazy to move up to grab him. You just never know.

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1 hour ago, Thai Jet said:

I'm sure you would have picked one of the QB's if you were GM. :rolleyes: Get real.

 

1 hour ago, dbatesman said:

literally no one knew Watson or Mahomes would be good, cant fault Maccc for that one

 

4 minutes ago, Thai Jet said:

Exactly. Especially Mahomes who everyone thought the Chiefs were crazy to move up to grab him. You just never know.

 

He was being facetious my man.  lol. 

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1 minute ago, Jetsfan80 said:

 

 

 

He was being facetious my man.  lol. 

Not reading that .

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22 minutes ago, Peace Frog said:

He must be fired. 

Immediately. 

:rolleyes:

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Thai Jet said:

Not reading that .

dbatesman has known Macc sucks since he traded for Brandon Marshall.  He's not on your side of the argument on this one.  Read it again in a sarcastic tone.

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1 hour ago, JetsFanatic said:

Fans have 20/20 hindsight.  These posts are hysterical. 

Agreed. I asked a famous Adams hater on here who he would have picked at #3 this year since he didn't care for the pick of Q. Despite several attempts I never did get his choice. It's so much easier to throw stones years later than commit to someone up front. If you don't commit you can't be wrong. 

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8 minutes ago, Jetsfan80 said:

dbatesman has known Macc sucks since he traded for Brandon Marshall.  He's not on your side of the argument on this one.  Read it again in a sarcastic tone.

I'm moved by your passion on this but I'm still not reading that.

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2 hours ago, Jetsfan80 said:

Savage.

To be fair, when he was taken, he was the BFA (Best Fetus Available).  His parents couldn't believe he fell to them. 

Brutal.

To be fair, when he fell poor lil guy hit his head.........hard......cried till they gave him coffee.

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