Mike Maccagnan: I don’t know why everyone’s locked in on a QB

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Pre-draft press conferences are usually pretty drab affairs as teams have little incentive to offer anything beyond cursory insight into their plans ahead of time.

Even by that standard, Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan’s final meeting with the media before the Jets make the third pick in the first round was an uneventful one. Maccagnan acknowledged that he’d like to add a “substantial player” to the roster, but anyone expecting him to confirm the team would be drafting a quarterback went away disappointed on Monday.

“I know everybody seems to be locked in on that. I don’t know why,” Maccagnan said, via the New York Post. “We actually may take a safety this year. I’m just joking. The quarterback is such an important position. There’s always going to be a focal point that this may be a position of interest for us, but we’ll see how it plays itself out.”

There isn’t much that has to play out before the Jets are on the clock and Maccagnan makes a pick that will likely go a long way to determining how much longer he’ll be engaging in the shadow play that is the pre-draft process.

19 responses to “Mike Maccagnan: I don’t know why everyone’s locked in on a QB

  1. Michael, the reason why is because if you don’t have a good quarterback then you have no chance of winning these days, and you my friend currently DO NOT have a good quarterback on your roster.

  2. Actually, seeing as Jets recently got Teddy Bridgewater (who is still only 25) to currently sit behind but presumably eventually switch with competent vet McCown, I’d have thought Jets would be looking to offload one of their other 2 QBs (Petty or Hackenberg) rather than draft another.

  3. It’s two days before the draft, so now is not the time GM’s are going to start giving away secrets. I think the Jets will take a QB with the 3rd pick. I also think way too much time and energy is spent trying to figure out what teams will do with their first picks, and we ignore the rest of the draft. In fact, the first QB to win a super bowl from this draft class may very well go in the 3rd or 4th round. We have no idea why guys like Russell Wilson or Joe Montana last until the 3rd round, or why Tom Brady lasted until the 6th round, but it’s likely to happen again this year. Josh Rosen might get over-analyzed and end up with Bill Belichick at #31. Luke Falk might go in the 3rd or 4th round and end up being the next Tom Brady. If Brady was in this draft class, he’d probably be a 6th round pick again. It seems like we’re always looking at the athletic skills around draft time, and we don’t really appreciate the players’ mental skills until after the super bowl. We still don’t get it after all these years. So if the Jets end up drafting the next Tom Brady with their 6th round pick, Jets fans will be calling for Maccagnan’s head long before he wins his first super bowl.

  4. Honestly I am not sure why people ask. GMs don’t telegraph their intentions even when they’re picking lower in the round, and when they do it is usually a smoke screen. It’s like reading a mock draft – fun, but we won’t know what happens until Draft Day.

  5. I know one thing. I’d take Derwin James at Safety before I’d take Josh Allen at QB.

  6. I find Maccagnan to be less trustworthy than a used car salesman.
    Just remain non-commital.
    Don’t make obvious lies.

    This is his 4th year with the team. He’s swung and missed on Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. He’s not drafted very well. IF he fails to get a franchise QB in 2018, he’ll be gone after the season. He knows that. So of course he’s drafting a QB.
    You don’t give up 3 #2s to move to the #3 spot and not draft a QB.

  7. .
    There’s 5 QBs scheduled to go in Rd 1:

    A. Darnold
    B. Rosen
    C. Allen
    D. Mayfield
    E. Walker

    Fans and draftniks have a variety of opinions on which is the best of the bunch. However, the one thing we all agree on is that not all of these guys are going to pan out. Somebody is going to draft a bust.

  8. Maybe because you haven’t had a decent one since Chad Pennington, an old Testaverde or Ken O’Brien?

    Holy mackerel are these guys transparently dumb.

  9. 6ball says:
    April 24, 2018 at 9:02 am
    There’s 5 QBs scheduled to go in Rd 1:

    A. Darnold
    B. Rosen
    C. Allen
    D. Mayfield
    E. Walker
    I’m admittedly not a college football/draft expert and don’t follow all that closely, so its possible a player hasn’t landed on my radar. But who is Walker?

  10. superfanentertainment says:
    April 24, 2018 at 8:50 am
    Why is taking a safety a “joke” Mr. Macagney? Ever heard of Ed Reed?————————————————————————————————-
    It’s a joke because he took Adams in the 1st and Maye in the 2nd last year,anything else?

  11. @6ball – I could already tell you the 2 drafted by the Jets and the Browns will be busts…. history has taught us that.

  12. You don’t know why? Really? You gave away a lot by the number of picks you gave up to move 3 spots. If that was for anything other than a franchise QB then you should be fired. Just saying…

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