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Ghost of Mike Maccagnan won’t leave Jets alone

September 10, 2019 | 6:30pm | Updated 

It must have been a strange feeling for Mike Maccagnan on Sunday afternoon when the Jets took the field.

Maccagnan was responsible for acquiring 40 of the players on the Jets’ 53-man roster as the team entered its season opener, but the former general manager was banished months ago. It must have been like planning a party and then being told you are not allowed to attend.

Even though he has been gone for four months, Maccagnan still had a presence Sunday in the 17-16 loss to the Bills. It felt like his ghost hovered over the proceedings and probably will all season.

In some ways that was good. In others, not so good.

The big three players he signed in March all played well in their Jets debuts. Le’Veon Bell, C.J. Mosley and Jamison Crowder were the best players on the field for the Jets. Maccagnan spent a combined $87 million guaranteed on those three players. Bell played every snap in the game and showed no signs of rust from his year off. Mosley was everywhere — he had an interception for a touchdown, a recovered fumble and a huge pass break-up. All Crowder did was catch 14 passes, including four third-down conversions.

While the performance of those newcomers may have left Jets fans feeling warm and fuzzy about their former GM, you did not have to look far to remember why Christopher Johnson fired him in May.

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The deficiencies on the Jets roster remain glaring and are a direct reflection on the job Maccagnan did in his four-plus years in the position.

The most obvious one was the kicker. No, Kaare Vedvik was not a Maccagnan acquisition, but he was needed because Maccagnan decided to let Jason Myers walk in March after a Pro Bowl season. Maccagnan decided to get cheap when it came to his kicker and now the Jets are changing kickers more often than most people change their sheets. The latest challenger for the job is Sam Ficken, signed by the Jets on Tuesday.

Then there was the cornerback situation. Trumaine Johnson, the man Maccagnan gave a five-year, $72.5 million contract to, gave Bills receiver John Brown such a big cushion that it looked like Johnson was standing in Lyndhurst. Johnson allowed 110 yards on seven completions and had a penalty.

On the other side, Darryl Roberts, who Maccagnan thought was good enough to move from reserve to starter, committed three penalties, gave up the game-winning touchdown and had a 147 QB rating against.

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It was a stark reminder that Maccagnan neglected to address the cornerback position in any meaningful way this offseason. The same could be said for edge rusher, where the Jets remain searching for answers after sacking Josh Allen just once Sunday.

 

Finally, there was the offensive line. The group looked overmatched against the Bills front. It was a position that Maccagnan did address in March by trading for guard Kelechi Osemele, but years of neglect for the position group as a whole have left the Jets with a below-average line.

The good and the bad that Maccagnan did with the Jets will be something that hangs over this team all season. New general manager Joe Douglas has his hands tied with how much he can improve the current roster. Big moves are made in March and April, not in September and October.

In the long term, Maccagnan’s legacy with the Jets will likely be quarterback Sam Darnold. He moved up to get Darnold in the 2018 draft. Darnold had a rough day Sunday, but has shown enough promise to believe Maccagnan did solve the Jets’ biggest issue in securing a franchise quarterback. Time will tell if that is accurate.

For now, Maccagnan must sit and watch the roster he mostly built in exile from wherever he chooses to spend his Sunday afternoons or Monday nights.

 
 

 

Maccagnan is gone, but he certainly wasn’t forgotten Sunday, when the Jets showed the good and the bad of his run here.

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I’m picturing a ghost following you around that tries to convince you to pay 300% over retail on items you already own.

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Just now, T0mShane said:

I’m picturing a ghost following you around that tries to convince you to pay 300% over retail on items you already own.

No, that's SAR I

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Just now, T0mShane said:

I’m picturing a ghost following you around that tries to convince you to pay 300% over retail on items you already own.

Maybe he will start reselling PSLs.

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18 minutes ago, T0mShane said:

I’m picturing a ghost following you around that tries to convince you to pay 300% over retail on items you already own.

I own you and I paid $0 

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6 minutes ago, joewilly12 said:

I own you and I paid $0 

You put together a few decent bars on a diss track one time. Take it easy, Snow. 

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So are people still patting chris johnson the head for letting this guy have one last draft?  He had to have adam gase tell him mac was hilariously awful.

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32 minutes ago, Beerfish said:

So are people still patting chris johnson the head for letting this guy have one last draft?  He had to have adam gase tell him mac was hilariously awful.

I really don’t like Chris Johnson. Just my opinion. We really needed a great offseason. FA seems to have been pretty good but we completely blew the draft. 

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10 hours ago, Creepy Lurker said:

I really don’t like Chris Johnson. Just my opinion. We really needed a great offseason. FA seems to have been pretty good but we completely blew the draft. 

Chris Johnson and his idiot brother are the real source of the problem 

 

Jets won’t be competitive again until they mercifully sell the team

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2 hours ago, Philc1 said:

Chris Johnson and his idiot brother are the real source of the problem 

Jets won’t be competitive again until they mercifully sell the team

2194 is a gonna be a great year!

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Unfortunately Rome wasn't built in a day and Mac's failure as a GM will rear its ugly head with this team for a few years no matter how good of a GM Douglas might be. 

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On 9/11/2019 at 8:13 AM, Philc1 said:

Chris Johnson and his idiot brother are the real source of the problem 

 

Jets won’t be competitive again until they mercifully sell the team

The evidence to date clearly supports this.  

CJ appears to have turned the corner, but he has to stay the course. 

To me, that is giving JD a long leash to do what he has been asked and grow into the job.  

But it is also giving Gase a very short leash.   He needs to put a very well-coached offense on the field, even if they lose.  He needs to protect Darnold.  He needs to put the right players on the field.  And he needs to be a human being with the players and the press.  

Both are starting negative.  

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23 hours ago, ChuckkieB said:

Unfortunately Rome wasn't built in a day and Mac's failure as a GM will rear its ugly head with this team for a few years no matter how good of a GM Douglas might be. 

Image result for ny jets super bowl banner
 

 

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