With the NFL Playoffs now in full swing, Mike Maccagnan needs to make five things happen immediately for his New York Jets.

By Jeff Jarboe

The sting of missing out on the playoffs was amplified for members of the New York Jets on Saturday night as they watched the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Cincinnati Bengals and advance to the divisional round.

Todd Bowles, his team, and every Jets fan in the world believed that Gang Green would have made noise in the playoffs had they not botched their Week 17 matchup with Rex’s Bills, and Saturday night’s AFC Wild Card round showed why.

The AFC is weak this year but the Jets were strong.

Though they lost Muhammad Wilkerson in that game against Buffalo the New York Jets defense still would have had its way with A.J. MaCarron in such rainy weather.

None of this matters now of course because for the Jets, the 2015 season is over and the 2016 season has just begun.And if this team wants to compete for a super bowl bid with the rest of the AFC in the playoffs next year, there are a lot of steps that need to be taken as soon as humanly possible.

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