“No mandate” for Jets to make playoffs in 2018

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In a move you don’t usually see from 5-11 teams, the Jets gave contract extensions to head coach Todd Bowles and General Manager Mike Maccagnan ahead of the final game of the regular season.

The move may have been unusual, but it wasn’t greeted with much surprise. The bar for the 2017 Jets was set so low that even their modest win total was seen as a sign of a good job from Bowles and Maccagnan, especially with acting owner Christopher Johnson saying the duo would not be judged solely on the team’s record.

Johnson said early in the season that he wanted to see progress and obviously he saw what he wanted. With that hurdle cleared, the question for Johnson on Tuesday was whether 2018 will be judged differently.

“I have no mandate,” Johnson said, via NJ.com. “Believe me, I want to get to the playoffs. I want to build a team with Mike and Todd that can compete for the playoffs every year. That can’t happen fast enough. But there’s no mandate.”

The Jets have the sixth overall pick, two second-rounders and a lot of cap space to use to continue building that team. If they use those assets well, expectations will be considerably higher than they were last year and the perception of the job done by Bowles and Maccagnan will change with them whether there’s a playoff mandate or not.

13 responses to ““No mandate” for Jets to make playoffs in 2018

  1. The Johnsons are clueless owners. The Jets have a weak roster and are no where near returning to the playoffs. They are not one good draft away.
    The GM (Mike Maccagnan) has done a below average job of bringing in young talent over his 3 years.

    Look at the Jets roster now compared to after 2014. It’s a little better and younger, but is that satisfactory after 3 years? In 3 years, the team should have been closer to 500 if the GM was doing a good job.
    Going from 4-12 to 5-11 in 3 years, with no Oline, and no QB, and after Mohammed Wilkerson is cut, no Dline, is not much of an accomplishment.

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    Going into the season I thought the Jets had the worst roster in the league. I would have bet my eternal soul that they would not reach 5 wins. Bowles exceeded expectations by a considerable margin. On the other hand, Maccagnan has had some success in the draft. These youngsters can push many of the malcontents onto the rosters of other teams.
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  3. Soooooooooooo is this what the NFL is now? Hire someone and expect nothing from them? And you wonder why you’re losing fans…..

    The Bengals
    The Cowboys
    The Raiders

    ALL teams who have openly said in so many ways “We don’t care about the fans”…
    Yet people keep handing them MILLIONS…..wake up people.

    Would you buy an expensive cell phone and if it didn’t work you’d hand them more to get another one? Yeah same thing……

  4. “The Johnsons are clueless owners”.

    It is amazing how many people think that they are smarter than billionaires. There are constant comments about how this or that owner is clueless. News flash: People who are super successful in life are most likely smarter than you.

  5. cardinealsfan20 says:
    January 3, 2018 at 8:23 am
    There are constant comments about how this or that owner is clueless. News flash: People who are super successful in life are most likely smarter than you.
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    In the case of the Johnsons their ‘super success’ consisted of winning the birth lottery.

  6. They only won 5 but were competitive in nearly all of them. Players improved, and Bowles kept control of the team unlike the franchise down the hall.

  7. 6ball says:
    January 3, 2018 at 7:42 am
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    Going into the season I thought the Jets had the worst roster in the league. I would have bet my eternal soul that they would not reach 5 wins. Bowles exceeded expectations by a considerable margin. On the other hand, Maccagnan has had some success in the draft. These youngsters can push many of the malcontents onto the rosters of other teams.
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    They do have one of the worst rosters.

    Supposed steal of a pick up, Ealy, finished with 1.5 sacks and 14 tackles. LOL

    Leonard Williams, the #6 overall pick in the 2015 draft can’t hold Trey Flowers’s jock and only ended up with 2.5 sacks, while single-teamed. Yet again, he did absolutely nothing in the game vs the Pats, as per usual. Darrin Lee, is another draft disappointment and as per usual, when they don’t completely whiff, they overrate those players like Adams and Maye.

    Rinse and repeat.

    The Jets have an awful roster and always will because they’re the Jets.

  8. arclight1972 says:
    January 3, 2018 at 7:29 am
    The Johnsons are clueless owners. The Jets have a weak roster and are no where near returning to the playoffs. They are not one good draft away.
    The GM (Mike Maccagnan) has done a below average job of bringing in young talent over his 3 years.

    Look at the Jets roster now compared to after 2014. It’s a little better and younger, but is that satisfactory after 3 years? In 3 years, the team should have been closer to 500 if the GM was doing a good job.
    Going from 4-12 to 5-11 in 3 years, with no Oline, and no QB, and after Mohammed Wilkerson is cut, no Dline, is not much of an accomplishment.

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    You keep telling yourself that. I literally just read an article about how the Jets have so much “cap space”. Well, of course they do because they stink, are mis-managed and no one wants to go there. So, this means, the Jets will make a series off offseason FA blunders, to keep them in cap hell, and they’ll yet again think they are closer to being a contender than they really are.

  9. Realistically, there shouldn’t be a playoff mandate. The AFCE has 2 playoff teams this year and the Bill have 6 picks in the first 3 rounds of the draft next year. If there ia any mandate at all, it should be to have a better record than the Dolphins and avoid the AFCE cellar.

  10. “In the case of the Johnsons their “super success” consisted of winning the birth lottery”.

    The usual, tired response. You have no idea how much the Johnson offspring have contributed to the family business. Also, children of super smart people are usually smarter than most other people.

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