Mike Maccagnan unfazed by past QB misses

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The Jets traded up from No. 6 to No. 3 in the first round of this year’s draft with the expectation that the team is going to pick a quarterback for the third time since Mike Maccagnan became the team’s General Manager in 2015.

Maccagnan selected Bryce Petty in the fourth round of that year’s draft and took Christian Hackenberg in the second round the next year. Petty has made seven unremarkable starts over the last two years and Hackenberg hasn’t played a single snap, which leaves the Jets still in search of a quarterback and leaves Maccagnan unfazed about the prospect of picking one again.

“I’m very confident from that standpoint,” Maccagnan said at last week’s league meetings, via NJ.com. “That doesn’t faze me. It’s the college draft. Guys you’ll hit on. Guys that don’t pan out, that’s part of the process. But we feel pretty good about this year’s group and where we’re situated.”

Maccagnan added that one has to “look at where the picks were made” when considering Petty and Hackenberg’s failure to pan out. Those represent smaller misses than taking a quarterback at the top of a draft while also illustrating how much is riding on this year’s pick for both the Jets and Maccagnan since another miss could leave the next swing to someone else.

49 responses to “Mike Maccagnan unfazed by past QB misses

  1. Of course you are confident, if you admitted what a waste those picks were you’d be out of a job. Which you should be by now looking at recent NFL standards.

  2. This guy acts like he works in the City of New York’s government — no accountability for failure and mismanagement while he still pulls his excessive pay.

  3. Ok, we have a sample size of 2 QBs. How have his other picks panned out? What is his “hit” rate compared to the “hit” rate of other GMs?

  4. Its NOT just the pick. Its the coach and the pick!!! Those two are inseparable in terms of QB success.

  5. You get 3 years before a 1st rd QB is labeled a bust. Few exceptions, but they normally relate to personality traits that should have been picked up in the evaluation process. Ryan Leaf, JaMarcus Russell…

  6. 95% of people who pay attention to football said that Hackenburg had horrible accuracy issues. Picking him in the 4th/5th round? OK. He was a huge reach in the 2nd.

    Josh Allen has horrible accuracy issues as well. The Jets traded up to #3. Hmmm.

  7. Yeah he’s unfazed; Until he hits the unemployment line. Hahahahahahaha. It’s a crap shoot with the top 3 QB’s. Looks like the Jets will end up with Rosen. For the sake of that division, they better get it right. The last real QB in that division other then Brady in the last 25 years or so was when Jim Kelly retired.

    That’s how long it’s been since there was another real QB in that division. And people wonder why the Pats have the best record in the AFC every year? Look no further then that.

  8. Granted, he is not psychic but he’s really missed and that should have cost him his job. Giving him another chance is like waiting for him to have his two stopped clock moments.

  9. Hes right in that you have to look at where the picks are made. That said Hackenberg is a bad miss because he was a 2nd rounder but missing on Petty wasn’t too bad being that he was a 4th rounder. Not that your going to but you should always be expected to hit on the 1st 2 rounds.

  10. He should be. What other GM gets a third opportunity to pick a QB. Its unprecedented and just doesn’t happen. Hackenberg was a 2nd round draft pick and hasn’t played in 2 years. A CLEAR miss, for a team that can’t afford many “misses”. He is a horrible evaluator

  11. Mac is just tired of drafting second and fourth round busts. What he really wants to experience is the exhilaration of using a high first round pick on a bust.

  12. Missing on a 4th rounder is one thing, but taking Hackenberg in the 2nd was bizarre to say the least. The guy had one great year, and stunk up the joint after that. His OL was terrible, but when asked about his poor play at the combine he laid a lot of the blame at his coaches – definite red flag.

  13. If Maccagnan gets fired from the Jets, he’ll be a prime candidate for the Browns with that track record for evaluating QBs.

  14. Wouldn’t it be great to be an NFL GM? To make absolutely horrible decisions only to proclaim you are completely unfazed by your previous horrible decisions? Failing upwards…

  15. Technically he’s correct, but we all know Hackenberg was a HUGE mistake. We could have taken Watson or Mahomes last year – actually traded DOWN and had either one AND saved all these 2’s he gave away for the 3rd pick.

    He knows his job rides on getting this right, and he better.

  16. Allen, Rosen, Mayfield – all have been mentioned in this thread alone as being “the guy” which tells me that NONE of them are it.

    Jets should take Chubb and try to trade for Foles with future picks. Why be the team that picks the wrong guy at #3?

  17. The Petty pick is entirely defensible. Taking a flyer in that round on a QB with the level of success Petty had in college is a solid move, however it works out. The one MacCagnan has to answer for is Hackenberg. I watched a ton of his starts at PSU and quite frankly, he was a non-prospect as a franchise QB. Every measurable was mediocre at best. I don’t think it is out of the realm of possibility that he would have still been available 3 to 4 rounds later. Even if he had worked out, it still would have been a mistake because you could have gotten him later.

    I would be concerned if I was a Jets fan because the Hackenberg pick shows that MacCagnan has a tendency to disregard draft position when he falls in love with a player.

  18. This is why the Jets are Perennial Losers.One thing is for certain and that is that they’ll waste this pick just like all the others. Don’t change a thing Mike….You’re Due!

  19. In 2015 maccagnan drafted Bryce Petty inthe 4th round.
    Fine, thats a speculative pick, and sometimes they work out, and the team needed a QB.

    My problem is 2016, selecting Hackenberg in the 2nd round. Not only did that throw away a 2nd round pick which is quite valuable, but it prevented them from picking a QB in 2017.

    Let’s see which QB he drafts in 2018. This is his 4th year. Shouldn’t a GM that takes overa 4-12 team, and gets two #6 picks be able to have the team respectable after 4 years?

    He spent a lot in free agency, so the team will improve anyway, assuming the QB play isn’t bad.

  20. Even if the Jets had drafted Tom Brady they would have screwed it up. Who is to say that on a decent team with good coaching that Hackenberg, Petty or a whole bunch of other former Jets’ QBs could not have turned out well?

  21. My favorite thing to do before each draft is to watch the video compiling Jets draft picks over the years along with the crowd reaction. “…fullback” “OH NO!” Haha, classic, but they do need to update with Hackengruben.

  22. Good GMs dont consistently miss in the first 3 rounds. In Maccagnan’s drafts the picks have been:
    2017(1)J.Adams-S (2)M.Maye-S (3)A.Stewart-WR
    2016(1)D.Lee-LB (2)C.Hackenburg-QB (3)J.Jenkins-LB
    2015(1)L.Williams-DE (2)D.Smith-WR (3)L.Mauldin-LB

    While we are not all that far removed from any of these drafts and some players take longer to develop than others…in my opinion, your only looking at 3 good players in Adams, Maye & Williams…Maccagnan stinks.

  23. Drafting Hackenburg in the second and having Dak go on and win OROTY in the 4th…there are a couple of other QB starters that would disagree with your assessment about rounds. Some drafts are good, some are bad for what you’re looking for in later rounds.

  24. Of course he’s not worried. Three years of NFL GM pay, if he’s been smart with that money if he were fired today he’d never have to work another day in his life if he didn’t want to.

  25. For as much as people are on here ripping on this guy for his QB evaluations they’re quick to forget he signed Fitzpatrick who broke single season franchise passing records, and Josh McCown having a career year last season. Both signed by Maccagnan. He has had his misses in the draft but he has been better than Idzik and Tannenbaum. Also the Jets seem to be more organized in their offseason approach since promoting Brian Heimerdinger to VP of player personnel last season.

    The majority of the trolls on this article are Bills fans who are salty that Maccagnan outfoxed their knight in shining armor, Brandon Beane. Who I’m surprised isn’t a complete laughing stock right now considering he traded most of his roster under the assumption that since he was buddies with Gettleman that the Giants would just hand him the second overall pick.

  26. grumpysal says:
    April 2, 2018 at 11:21 am
    Allen, Rosen, Mayfield – all have been mentioned in this thread alone as being “the guy” which tells me that NONE of them are it.
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    I think the Steelers were pretty happy in 2004 went they got the 3rd QB drafted in Roethlisberger. Although exceedingly rare, multiple franchise QBs can exist in the same draft.
    This current group of QBs – potentially 6 QBs picked in the 1st, although most likely 4 – is by all accounts a deep draft class.

  27. I didn’t read all of the comments above, but I have consistently heard and read how Allen, Darnold, and Rosen are the hot QBs. Uh…
    Does anyone remember the actual college season? Did anyone watch any games last year? NONE of those guys came close to Mayfield – lights out a winner. It’s like the combine and work-outs fogs the brains of the GMs and coaches! If Cleveland doesn’t pick Mayfield, they will regret it. I am not a fan of the kid’s off-field stuff, but HANDS DOWN he’s the best QB in this draft ON FILM, IN GAME. I’ll believe this until I’m proven wrong.

  28. The only people who are concerned about the history of QB picks are people who sit in chairs and have never had to pick a QB. Just move forward with your best guess and live by the choice.

  29. Scott, don’t feel too bad. Whomever was your predecessor picked
    Geno Smith, the sameGeno Dmith who left the draft pouting after not being selected in round 1. Running up big numbers against non-esistent Big-12 defenses should be your first cause got pause.

  30. “The majority of the trolls on this article are Bills fans who are salty that Maccagnan outfoxed their knight in shining armor, Brandon Beane. Who I’m surprised isn’t a complete laughing stock right now considering he traded most of his roster under the assumption that since he was buddies with Gettleman that the Giants would just hand him the second overall pick.”

    Lolz am certainly not a Bills fan but IIRC the Bills were in the playoffs last year under Beane’s guidance and the Jets were 5-11 under MacCagnan’s. So who “outfoxed” who again?

  31. Jdog63 says:
    April 2, 2018 at 12:58 pm
    I didn’t read all of the comments above, but I have consistently heard and read how Allen, Darnold, and Rosen are the hot QBs. Uh…
    Does anyone remember the actual college season? Did anyone watch any games last year? NONE of those guys came close to Mayfield – lights out a winner.
    ==============================

    You can’t judge the future performance of a QB based on the success in college and “winning” the Heisman trophy. You know who also won a lot? Matt Leinart, Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez, Manziel. Like many “winning” QBs in college, they won by having superior talent and great coaching staffs. The guys who had to go through a lot of adversity in college are the ones who are succeeding more in the pros: Brady, Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Wentz, Goff, etc.

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