Jets bet on stability with Bowles, Maccagnan contract extensions

Ruben Hill
December 30, 2017

The New York Jets have extended the contracts of general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles, despite the fact they will wrap up a second consecutive losing National Football League season. The Daily News reported they each received an additional two years.

When you are the 2017 New York Jets. "I'm just trying to win and get to the playoffs and hopefully they will be happy. We have a plan going in the right direction". "That gives us some stability for the future and now they can continue to build on the things they've put in place already".

"For all the hard work that they've put in, both of them with Mike putting the roster together and Todd the way he's coached with all the great coaches we have here, it's a testament to them".

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches his team in 4th quarter as the Broncos win over the New York Jets 23-0 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO.

NY went 10-6 in 2015 in the first season of the Bowles/Maccagnan era. The Jets started 3-2, but now they're sitting at 5-10 heading into Week 17.

Still, the team ranks 24th in both total offense and total defense, and another offseason of roster changes - though not as sweeping as last offseason - appears to be on the cards. The Jets were below-average from a talent standpoint in each of his three seasons with the club and were in a clear youth movement this season.

"Obviously, I'm hard on myself, but I'm supposed to be", Bowles said.

"This is the first time I'm hearing this", said one player. And we even joked that if the Jets won six games not only should Bowles be given Coach of the Year honors on the spot, but he should immediately be inducted into the Hall of Fame. "Not enough strides, not winning enough games, but going forward we'll make the proper adjustments and go from there". "So I'll take a long, hard look at myself next year and I'll come back fighting".

Maccagnan and Bowles were scheduled to enter the final year of their original contracts with the Jets.

Moving forward, both Bowles and Maccagnan will have to find a solution at quarterback.

Defensive lineman Leonard Williams said Bowles is the right decision "because the players believe it". "People are always going to say that kind of stuff, but we're just going to play".

Several players expressed their pleasure at the news on social media, supportive in the locker room of Bowles and Maccagnan coming back.

"Obviously, the future is trying to win a Super Bowl and trying to get to the playoffs", Bowles said. Young players like receiverRobby Anderson have broken through, and the 2017 draft class, led by safety Jamal Adams, has shown promise.

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