With Mike Maccagnan’s two quarterback draft picks on the bench, waged in a heated battle for the No. 2 job (that’s sarcasm), the fan base is wondering if he’s the right guy to find that ever-elusive franchise quarterback. That leads us into our New York Jets question of the week:
Considering the strong QB class, will ownership trust Macc & Bowles to make that pick? Or will we see a regime change in 2018? #JetsMail
— Wes (@wesfrdrk) September 15, 2017
@RichCimini: Good question, Wes. This is one of the questions that will be a hot-button issue throughout the season. As of now, my sense is that ownership still believes in Maccagnan. (I’ll leave Todd Bowles out of this discussion because the draft is Maccagnan’s show, not his.) It would be unconventional to blow it up after only three years, especially since the previous general manager lasted only two. You can’t run a successful football franchise by changing regimes more often than the U.S. elects a president.
That said, Maccagnan still needs to be evaluated in the quarterback area, which brings us to Christian Hackenberg. The early returns aren’t promising, and there are people around the league still scratching their heads as to why Maccagnan felt it was necessary to reach for him in last year’s draft.
If Hackenberg flatlines for the remainder of the season, showing no improvement, it would raise serious questions about Maccagnan’s scouting acumen. Actually, questions already exist among us folks outside the building (and, yes, some inside). That a former second-round pick isn’t qualified to start on a rebuilding team reflects poorly on the man who picked him.
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