The New York Jets announced today that they have extended the contracts of both GM Mike Maccagnan and Head Coach Todd Bowles for 2 years. This comes as no surprise to fans that have been watching the situation unfold as Bowles would have been a hot name in Arizona and there is already a GM search underway for the New York Giants – so competition would be tough.
Maccagnan is a hot and cold name with fans as he’s made some blunders in the draft and free agency. The Wilkerson situation this year and drafting Hackenberg in the 2nd round seem like misses. While moving Richardson and a few of his draft picks, such as Robby Anderson, are looking like hits.
Bowles has also had up and down moments. The team overperformed this year when many were calling for the Jets to be the worst team in football and the players certainly seem to respect their coach. However, fans often have criticized Bowles for his lack of halftime adjustments and poor clock management.
At the end of the day, this is a 2 year window for this pair to find a QB and a team identity that will put the Jets on the path to being competitive. There appears to be QBs in free agency and a top heavy draft, and Maccagnan will have money to spend and an early pick. To a fan base that constantly wants change – this is the right move for right now.