Aug 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets GM Mike Maccagnan talks with New York Jets Owner Woody Johnson in the 1st half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports

Final thoughts

While reports of head coach Todd Bowles remaining safe to return as head coach in 2017 have surfaced, honestly, nobody knows if he’ll be back. 

The man did win 10 games during his rookie season. At the same time, he’s also lost the locker room completely. However, some of these knuckleheads are John Idzik’s players. Perhaps Bowles and Mikey Mac working together for a third season under a real rebuilding plan will produce a few solid outcomes.

Honestly, whether Bowles returns or not, shouldn’t alter the plan around rebuilding. Maccagnan will be back, and the third-year GM must reverse course and throw out the aggressive rebuild for the real, developmental rebuild.

The 2017 offseason for the New York Jets will center around creating the next core of future success, rather than competing right away.

While, of course, they should look to compete right away, it shouldn’t be priority number one.

Collect assets and develop. That’ll be the name of the game.

1 COMMENT

  1. I really enjoyed reading this, it’s a sound plan. Nobody is going to completely agree with everything, but for the most part this makes sense. The Jets will be battling with 31 other teams when it comes to Free Agency. I like the idea of trying to acquire Glennon & Gilmour as it fills imediatte needs with young FA’s. The Jets will also want to keep OLG B. Winters, finishing the season on IR just may help that cause? NFL scouting is every bit as important as NCAA. This team is not a player or two away so attracting talented players and not losing any will be a difficult task.

    The team will have to rid itself of the aging vets who are overpaid. Mac didn’t structure contracts in a way which marries the Jets to any of these problems. I’m thinking CP will return at SS, and agree with the other departures. The Patriots have been able to do all of the above hence the long term success.

    The Jets train wreck of a season that started off with promise will end with the team drafting early. Like yourself I hope to see the Jets trade back a few spaces and repeat. This is easier said than done. This draft has plenty of talented DB’s but the OT position has but a few players who currently look to be mid to late 1st rounders. One you failed to mention is the OT from Wisconsin. A lot will change between now and then but a priority lies with building an O-Line. Where is B. Callahan when you need him?

    After watching T. Bowles and his coaching staff in year #2, I became convinced the Jets have one of the worst coaching staffs in the NFL. When you lose control of your locker room there is no hope. While T. Bowles is a nice guy that’s not what this team needs. It’s time to find an Offensive mind at HC, this is crucial when your rebuilding an O-Line and developing a QB. There are many qualified candidates available, we all would benefit by Woody getting the ambassador to the U.K. post. It would allow someone else to take over the day to day operations of our beloved team. A GM should be able to select his own HC. To borrow an analogy from The Big Tuna, otherwise your groceries will spoil or fail to be properly cooked.