After starting his career with the New York Jets so swimmingly, general manager Mike Maccagnan is starting to build quite the negative list.

The term “a New York minute” didn’t just present itself out of thin air. A hobo calling the streets of Manhattan home didn’t come up with the catchy phrase out of pure boredom.

There’s real meaning behind it.

Plenty a person has come to the city only to get eaten alive and sent packing. Many have arrived while placing their own unique stamp on the Big Apple only to quickly fade. There are simply too many examples to count. 

One such example is unfolding before our very eyes. New York Jets general manager Mike Maccgagnan is looking to avoid the dreaded form of the “New York minute,” like John Idzik before him.

Mikey Mac was the semi toast of the town during the Summer of 2015. It was his willingness to spend the incredible loads of cash left on the table by Idzik that forced all fans to endear the guy. Instead of a long, drawn-out rebuild, Maccagnan decided to go with the, as he likes to put it, “aggressive rebuild.”

He’d bring in veteran talent while remaining financially flexible for the future.

How true that sentiment is, we don’t yet know. What we do know is after a surprising 10-6 season facing a cupcake schedule, his personnel and coaching are struggling mightily in 2016.

Nobody’s running Maccagnan out of town. This much is certain. At the same time, he’s missed several things. Things that could have raised hope and increased production.

Here are the top mistakes of the Mike Maccagnan era:

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