2016 is not a Super Bowl year for the New York Jets. This isn’t to say it can’t happen. It can. Hell, we’ve seen crazier things.
Mike Maccagnan, though, acting as the fearless leader he is, understands this notion.
This is why he’s putting up a great bluff game with Ryan Fitzpatrick right now. It’s why he’s telling himself it won’t be the worst thing in the world if Geno Smith is the starter heading into August.
He understands 2016 is a “build” year.
He needs to first establish his core moving forward. These 17 individuals will directly impact whether that core is built firmly enough heading into 2017.
At that point is when Maccagnan will need to assure himself a true franchise QB moving forward.
It’s development that is the New York Jets number one priority in 2016, not Ryan Fitzpatrick.