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Coffee with the Jets: Todd Bowles should return in 2018

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DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 10: Head coach Todd Bowles of the New York Jets looks on before a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 10, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 10: Head coach Todd Bowles of the New York Jets looks on before a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 10, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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In this edition of Coffee with the New York Jets, what Todd Bowles needs to do to guarantee his return in 2018, a look at the best moves of the year made by Mike Maccagnan, and how lucky the team was that Josh McCown lasted as long as he did.

For those of you that live in the New York area, that winter cold has finally arrived. It’s weird, to say the least, that some days in early December hit close to 60°but now things seem normal for winter weather. I wish the same could be said for the New York Jets since normalcy is always a great thing, but unfortunately, inconsistency has defined them.

Right before the season started, I originally had the Jets winning five games, just like 2016. 5-11 seemed to be just about right for a team that was filled with young talent that would only develop into better players as the season progressed. The great news is, besides a few games, the Jets have been competitive in every matchup and could have had an even better record if they tightened up as a group.

Inexperience caught up with them, as well as bonehead penalties and just a lack of common sense. It’s expected in a rebuilding year so no matter what anyone says, the Jets are indeed heading in the right direction. Here are some of the top articles around the Jets from quality sources on the internet, enjoy and as always, these always go great with a hot cup of coffee.

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What Jets, Todd Bowles must show Christopher Johnson in final 3 games by Darryl Slater (NJ.com)

As with the chemistry stuff, Bowles needs to show Johnson he has disciplinary control over the locker room if Bowles expects Johnson to have faith in him to capably coach the Jets past this season.

Bowles has done enough to deserve coming back for at least another season to see what he can do once Maccagnan addresses the Jets quarterback situation once and for all. Something tells me the Jets will make a huge move, either grab a top free agent quarterback or use their first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on one that’s ready to start and take care of business. Once Bowles has that and well, a few other positional groups addressed (offensive line, cornerback, offensive playmakers) it will be a true measuring stick to see if he’s the right guy for the job. For now, he’s taken a team many believed wouldn’t even win a single game this season and overachieved. That is enough for him to deserve another shot towards taking this team to new heights.

What have been Mike Maccagnan’s best moves as Jets GM? by Connor Hughes (NJ.com)

While Williams is having a down year, he’s a force on the defensive line, and will only get better if the Jets can add a pass-rushing outside linebacker. Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, the Jets’ first- and second-round picks this season, look like future Pro Bowlers. They’ll be cornerstones on the defense for years to come.

Maccagnan has made some solid moves for the most part but like any general manager had his fair share of misses. His best moves so far from his tenure with the Jets easily came from last year’s draft as Adams and Maye look like the real deal and will easily be a force to reckon with as they continue to develop and grow together. Since the NFL is a passing league, it’s always a great idea to bolster the defensive secondary. Looking ahead, all eyes will be on Maccagnan if he can finally find a stable franchise quarterback that can finally bring some consistency to the most important position on the team. Fix that once and for all and Maccagnan will be considered a legend.

The Jets got a reminder of how fortunate they’ve been by Brian Lewis (New York Post)

Outside of Enunwa’s injury, the Jets have only had a few starters miss time for injuries. Running back Matt Forte and right tackle Brandon Shell have each missed three games. Other than that, it has been a game here or there for the starters.

It’s a shame that quarterback Josh McCown broke his hand considering just how solid of a season he’s had not only from a football standpoint but everything he brought to the locker room. Players loved him and his leadership has gone a long way with creating that “team first” culture Bowles has been preaching about since the Spring. For the most part, the Jets haven’t had that many injuries that hindered the team like it did last year. It’s not easy having a healthy roster but aside from a few injuries, the Jets have been able to start the same players on a weekly basis. That’s a testament to the coaching staff for ensuring everyone is in good shape and taking care of their bodies all season long.

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