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Jets get it right extending Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan

By Luis Tirado Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: Head coach Todd Bowles of the New York Jets is hugged by General Manager Mike Maccagnan after defeating the Cleveland Browns 31-10 for his first win as a head coach at MetLife Stadium on September 13, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: Head coach Todd Bowles of the New York Jets is hugged by General Manager Mike Maccagnan after defeating the Cleveland Browns 31-10 for his first win as a head coach at MetLife Stadium on September 13, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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The New York Jets gave both head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan two-year extensions to continue what they started. This was not only the right decision to make but one of great importance due to keeping everything consistent.

When it comes to consistency, the New York Jets for much of their existence, haven’t been able to brag about having it for many aspects of their franchise. They’ve been through so many quarterbacks, for example, it’s not even funny. Even with head coaches, general managers, coordinators, and assistants, they haven’t been able to keep the same regime in place due to high expectations and playing in the biggest sports market in the world.

Luckily a few years ago, the Jets found two more than capable individuals to not only get the job done at head coach and general manager but also begin the lengthy rebuilding process to set a solid foundation for years to come. It’s not easy but so far, both head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan have done a good job at going through the motions and sticking to the process.

In an article written by Rich Cimini of ESPN, he confirmed that both Bowles and Maccagnan each got two-year extensions so they can continue working together towards building a playoff-contending team. Here is what Jets owner Christopher Johnson said about both extensions as per Cimini:

“We are very happy to have extended both Mike and Todd,” acting owner Christopher Johnson said in a statement. “During their time here, they have worked together to help the organization build a foundation on which to grow. They are identifying, developing, and getting productivity out of our players. I believe we are headed in the right direction. This provides us continuity and stability as we continue to move this team towards sustained success. We still have a lot of work to do and I am excited to work closely with both of them as we move forward.”

In the grand scheme of things, Bowles has done an excellent job at keeping this young team competitive in almost every game this season. Yes, they had a blowout loss and had instances where they couldn’t compete against some of the better teams of the NFL but they all worked tremendously hard and believed in what Bowles is trying to establish as a culture. It’s all about winning enough football games to earn a ticket to the NFL Playoffs and then go through the motions. It’s a marathon, not a race since it takes time to develop players and get them ready for the next step.

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Stability is key when it comes to a leadership regime as Maccagnan has done a solid job at building the Jets the right way through the NFL draft, making smart acquisitions in free agency, and pulling off smart trades to bolster the roster.

Maccagnan isn’t perfect but for the most part, has brought in players that go perfectly with everything Bowles is trying to establish. Together, they’re both working with and for each other and it shows that the level of respect is high for ensuring long-term success as a franchise.

Overall, this was the right decision for the Jets ownership to do since at the end of the day, both Bowles and Maccagnan have the attributes, skills, and talent to continue turning the Jets into a respectable franchise that is built on consistency, execution, and eventual success. It will be great to see what the Jets do this upcoming offseason since Maccagnan will have a plethora of salary cap money to work with and how Bowles continues molding his players towards achieving greatness. Needless to say, players were thrilled to hear of the extensions which go to show that they too know how important it is to have stability and consistency when it comes to leadership.

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