Based mostly on the variety of mailbag questions this week, New York Jets followers are actually fired up for the offseason. Hey, I get it. When your staff finishes 5-11 and misses the playoffs for the seventh straight yr, you need to look forward, not again.
#jetsmail even with new offers would not the strain on Mac/TB to make the playoffs subsequent yr make a FA QB like Cousins their 1st alternative over drafting somebody who is just not prepared to start out? One other huge miss at QB for Mac may price him his job and skill to get one other.Why danger that?
— Sean Stalker (@gang_green_A2) January 12, 2018
@RichCimini: Might price him his job? Make no mistake, basic supervisor Mike Maccagnan will lose his job if he blows one other quarterback decide.
You increase level, Sean, as a result of the strain to win could make sensible individuals do dumb issues. I’ve seen it time and time once more in my a few years of overlaying the Jets. From what I’ve noticed of Maccagnan in three years, he is disciplined and methodical. He sticks to his worth board, whether or not it is the draft or free company. I imply, this can be a man who picked Leonard Williams though they have been loaded on the defensive position. That is the man who drafted safeties in back-to-back rounds.
However this looming quarterback choice is much more difficult than a draft decide. We’re speaking a couple of multi-layered conundrum. Maccagnan should resolve if Kirk Cousins is definitely worth the cash (determine no less than $27 million per yr and roughly $70 million assured) and the way it impacts their cap and roster-building in future years. On the identical time, he should consider the highest faculty quarterbacks and decide which of them are definitely worth the sixth decide and which of them are value a trade-up.
That is the toughest, most vital choice he’ll make because the Jets’ GM.
There are some individuals within the constructing who need to take the secure route — Cousins. He isn’t elite, however he is a top-15 quarterback who can get you to the playoffs if he is surrounded by solid. He is plug-and-play, and it can save you your draft picks to fill different wants — and there are a lot.
Sure, I anticipate the Jets to point out curiosity in Cousins if he hits the open market. I have been saying that for weeks, and nothing has modified. The query is, will they get right into a bidding struggle? That, I do not know. But when Maccagnan and Todd Bowles need to show short-term progress to possession, Cousins is the best way to go — if Woody Johnson is prepared to jot down the massive test.
If they do not signal Cousins or one other confirmed starter, the Jets might should pay the exorbitant worth to commerce up for a quarterback. Chances are high, he would not be prepared to start out, however that does not imply Maccagnan and Bowles could be doomed. What in the event that they draft Josh Allen and he rallies the staff to an Eight-Eight report after a gradual begin? Do you suppose possession would pull the plug on Maccagnan and Bowles? No means, not with the arrow pointed up.
For Maccagnan, it comes all the way down to this: Overlook your personal state of affairs and do what’s in one of the best curiosity of the franchise. Simpler mentioned than completed.