The New York Jets current regime of general manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles are clearly on the hot seat these days.
When the New York Jets current regime of Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles were brought in as GM and head coach in 2015, this was the latest rebuilding project for the Jets. Three years in, this team is more hopeless than ever. Fans have no idea where this regime is going with this franchise. The latest roster moves involving the release of Eric Decker and David Harris have given fans the message that this season is already over. Looking at the lack of experience and depth on the roster, writers and prognosticators are already predicting that the Jets could join the 2008 Lions as the only winless teams in a 16-game season.
Do these roster moves mean that Maccagnan and Bowles have a pass for the season? Have they received a “vote of confidence” from Woody Johnson that they will survive a disastrous season? After inheriting over $46 million in cap space when they were hired and looking at where they are now, do they deserve another chance?
The signs of the dysfunction of this franchise are all over their team history. Of the 26 NFL teams that participated in the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, no team has won fewer division titles than the Jets (2). Every other team with the exception of the Lions has won at least four division titles (Lions have won three). Of the current teams in the NFL, even the Houston Texans who entered the NFL in 2002 (the last time the Jets won a division) have won more division titles than the Jets (four). Only the Jacksonville Jaguars can match the Jets in futility for division titles won (they also have won two, but entered the NFL in 1995).
Looking at things at bit closer, the Jets are one of three teams since the merger that have not appeared in a Super Bowl (Lions, Browns, and Jaguars). They are one of two teams since the merger that have never finished with the best record in their conference or hosted a Conference Championship Game (Lions).
How much longer can fans have confidence that this franchise really understands the desperation they feel? When the calendar says June and fans already have given up on the season that is a bad thing. Spring is the time that “hope springs eternal” I don’t think they read Alexander Pope in Florham Park.
This is part one of a series where I attempt to answer these questions. In the next few days, I will examine the Maccagnan/Bowles regime and the decisions they made to help make sense of where this franchise is now.
Mark Kelly covers the New York Jets for ProFootballSpot.com. You can follow him on twitter @CkmagicSports. Looking for more Jets news and features? Like our Jets Facebook page and also follow @spot_jets on Twitter.