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Mehta: With Sam Darnold and $100 million in salary cap space, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan must make playoffs in 2019


Added 11-01-18 01:13:02pm EST - “Strip away the Go! Fight! Win! talking points floating around One Jets Drive these days and here's the unvarnished truth: Gang Green should be well positioned to make a true playoff push ? in 2019.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Mehta: With Sam Darnold and $100 million in salary cap space, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan must make playoffs in 2019 - NY Daily News”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Strip away the Go! Fight! Win! talking points floating around One Jets Drive these days and here’s the unvarnished truth: Gang Green should be well positioned to make a true playoff push … in 2019.

Although players and coaches rightfully believe that this season isn’t lost, the reality given the state of the Jets’ rebuilding process is that everyone should expect a return on their investment (three seasons of patience) next year.

“We’re a very young team in terms of growing and developing, especially with the quarterback,” general manager Mike Maccagnan said Thursday in his state of the franchise address to reporters at the midpoint of the season. “But yeah, I think we have a lot of things in place where (with) a successful offseason, we can actually put ourselves in a position … with that amount of cap space and cash in free agency along with our draft picks. We could be in a position in our mind to really springboard this thing forward.”

It’s really non-negotiable given ownership’s patience and willingness to allow Maccagnan and Todd Bowles to properly set a foundation after their 2015 10-win campaign proved to be a house of cards with an aging core.

Woody and Christopher Johnson have wisely green-lighted a tear-down in the wake of their “competitive rebuild,” hoping that the new foundation of young players will ultimately yield sustainable success.

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