That may not seem fair, considering they came to New York together in 2015 and have had equal hands in this Jets mess ever since, but that's the way it appears to be, according to several sources familiar with the Jets' thinking. Bowles seems to be on the fast track to being fired after the season while Maccagnan's job doesn't appear to be in danger at all.
And the reason is simple: Maccagnan's job is to build for the long term, and his long-stated plan has been to compete for a playoff berth in 2019. All his moves -- including moving up in the draft to land the Jets their franchise quarterback -- have been with that goal in mind. And part of that plan was to capitalize on the $100 million-plus in salary cap space he created for them to use next offseason.
A day after the Jets were crushed by the Bills, head coach Todd Bowles was as even keeled as usual during his roughly eight-minute conversation with reporters on Monday.
Bowles, whose job status is tenuous, said he has not yet spoken with Jets owner Christopher Johnson about his future.
Johnson declined comment on Bowles after Sunday's game.
Rex Ryan is not pulling any punches when it comes to his former team.
A day after the Jets' 41-10 loss at home to the Matt Barkley-led Bills, the former Gang Green head coach appeared on ESPN's 'Get Up' and called it "one of the most humiliating defeats' in team history. And that is coming from the man who coached the Buttfumble game.
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The Jets were humiliated by the Bills on Sunday, with calls coming after for the team to fire head coach Todd Bowles.
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A year ago, Jets owner Christopher Johnson made it clear he won't judge Todd Bowles on wins and losses alone. He said his evaluation would be about "progression" and whether or not he saw it would "be obvious to all."
It certainly was obvious on Sunday afternoon when the Buffalo Bills humiliated Bowles' Jets 41-10. New York looked unprepared, disinterested and incredibly incompetent.
And if Johnson wasn't considering firing Bowles before that, he certainly has to be now.
Jets owner Christopher Johnson declined comment on the job status of head coach Todd Bowles after Sunday's humiliation at the hands of the Bills.
And shortly after, Bowles spoke about the 41-10 loss that sealed the Jets' fate this season and may have sealed his fate as someone who's on the way out the door.
"We stunk it up as coaches. We stunk it up as players," Bowles said. "Everybody played bad. Everybody coached bad."
The Jets crew hands out grades after New York's humiliating 41-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
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Jets safety Jamal Adams and cornerback Buster Skrine were among the players who defended head coach Todd Bowles after Sunday's 41-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
"T-Bowles is not the problem," Adams told reporters. "I'm gonna ride with T-Bowles until the end. It doesn't matter. I don't care what the fans say. It's T-Bowles. I'm gonna support my coach."
Sunday's loss, an embarrassment in which the Jets were outgained 451-199, committed two turnovers and trailed 31-3 at halftime, was New York's fourth straight loss and dropped the Jets to 3-7 heading into their bye week.
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The Jets head to the bye week with a 3-7 record after a humiliating 41-10 loss to the Bills. Let's review three of the best and worst performances from Sunday's game.
QB Josh McCown
In his first start since last December, McCown was disappointingly erratic. He went just 17-for-34 with two interceptions, as he had five passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. Most of his 134 yards came in garbage time, as he averaged just four yards per attempt. Moreover, the majority of those yards came after the catch as the Jets ran an uninspiring horizontal passing offense.
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A week ago the Jets threw away their playoff hopes with a loss in Miami, but at least they showed some fight in that game.
This week, against the horrible Buffalo Bills, the Jets didn't show up at all.
In what has to be one of the worst losses in a franchise history filled with terrible losses, the Jets absolutely embarrassed themselves in their 41-10 loss to the Bills on Sunday. They were down 31-0 in the first half to a team that had totaled 20 points in its last three games. They were outgained 186 yards to 1 - one! - in the first quarter and 313-68 by halftime.
If these truly are the final games of the Todd Bowles era, the Jets have an enormous, franchise-defining decision to make. If they expect to be a contender in 2019, if they expect Sam Darnold to be their long-awaited franchise savior, the next coach they hire absolutely can't miss.
So whom could they hire to replace Bowles? Here's a look at 12 candidates that figure to be on their list:
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Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot strain) will be inactive against the Bills on Sunday afternoon.
Darnold's status had been in doubt all week, and it was revealed Thursday that Josh McCown would get the start. However, head coach Todd Bowles had not ruled Darnold out as the potential backup.
However, the Jets' hand was tipped a bit on Saturday when SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed that QB Davis Webb was going to be activated from the practice squad in advance of Sunday's game...
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The Jets (3-6) vs. Buffalo Bills (2-7) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. ET.
It'll be a chilly day, with temperatures topping out in the mid-40s and moderate winds. It should be sunny, though.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Jets pretty much took any real meaning out of this game by losing to the Dolphins a week ago. A win only gets them back to 4-6 heading into their bye week, and they'd still need a miracle against a tough schedule after Thanksgiving to even sniff a shot at the playoffs. So all a win does is make them feel a little happier heading into their week off. But a loss? Whoa, would that turn things in a bad way against the Jets. This is an awful Bills team that even the Jets should crush, especially with veteran Josh McCown taking over at quarterback for a suddenly shaky Sam Darnold. If they lose this game, they could be headed to a season worse than last year, and there may be nothing that could save Todd Bowles' job.
On the latest episode of The Jet Stream podcast, Jonas Schwartz is joined by NFL Network Analyst Brian Baldinger and ESPN's Rich Cimini to discuss the injury to Sam Darnold, who watched practice in a walking boot on Tuesday. They break down the strained foot of the rookie quarterback, the progress of his on-field development, and the state of the Jets moving forward as the season starts to splinter for Todd Bowles.
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Jets head coach Todd Bowles wouldn't completely rule out rookie QB Sam Darnold against the Bills. But their latest roster move says otherwise.
The Jets will activate QB Davis Webb from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. And while the Jets haven't officially confirmed it yet, Webb is expected to be the team's backup.
Darnold was listed as doubtful on the Jets' injury report after being diagnosed with a foot strain earlier this week. Bowles told the media on Thursday that veteran QB Josh McCown will get the start for the Jets, with Darnold not expected to be 100 percent.
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The Jets had no intentions of sitting Sam Darnold, no matter how much he's struggled over the last few weeks. They were going to let him play through his growing pains, to find his own way out, no matter what it did to their season.
Maybe that's the right way to do it. No doubt most NFL quarterbacks would argue that it is.
But given how lost he's looked on the field for the last three weeks, it couldn't hurt for Darnold to watch a little from the sidelines. So maybe this strained foot he suffered will turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
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QB Sam Darnold (foot) was officially ruled doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bills, but there should be no concern for his 39-year-old backup stepping into his place.
Jets head coach Todd Bowles has no worried about Josh McCown filling in.
"He looks like a spring chicken right now," Bowles told reporters on Friday.
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Jets S Jamal Adams jokingly blamed Tuesday's 'liking' of a tweet that linked him to signing a future mega-deal with the Cowboys on an innocent case of "Twitter fingers."
That's what he told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News on Thursday, correcting his social media slip-up with a declaration of his love for the Jets.
"I would love to be a Jet for life… and finish my career here," Adams told the Daily News. "God willing, that's definitely the plan…. That would be a dream come true. There's not that many guys that have played this game who have stuck with one team. That would be an honor. I would love to."
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Jets head coach Todd Bowles told the media Thursday that veteran QB Josh McCown will replace rookie QB Sam Darnold as the starter against the Bills this Sunday.
And despite McCown last seeing game action during the preseason, WR Jermaine Kearse doesn't mind the change. In fact, he thinks the offense during practice looks a lot faster than it normally has this season.
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During his Thursday press conference following practice, Jets head coach Todd Bowles still wouldn't rule out QB Sam Darnold from Sunday's game against the Bills.
But the rookie won't be starting the game.
"I'm ready to rule him out as a starter for this week," Bowles said. "I don't know if I'm ready to rule him out for the game."
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Jets DB Trumaine Johnson said he expects to return Sunday against the Bills after missing the last five games with a quad injury.
Johnson on Thursday practiced fully with the team for the first time since suffering the injury.
Asked if he was ready to go, Johnson answered, "Of course." (ESPN)
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Rookie QB Sam Darnold has been under center for the Jets since Week 1. But that streak may be coming to an end.
Darnold was diagnosed with a strained right foot, head coach Todd Bowles said on Wednesday after practice. The 21-year-old was seen walking in street clothes with a boot on his foot, and questions immediately rose as to whether or not the team's franchise quarterback will see his first inactive game against the Bills this week.
"It's just adversity," Darnold said. "Just gotta deal with it. Get better as soon as possible, get back on the field as soon as possible."
Tags: Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
Jets QB Sam Darnold has suffered a strained foot that will may keep him out of Sunday's game against the Bills, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.
The team will re-evaluate the rookie after the upcoming bye week, and his status for the Jets' Nov. 25 home game against the Patriots is "uncertain," according to the source. Josh McCown will start for the Jets against Buffalo, and Davis Webb will likely be activated from the practice squad to be the backup.
However, head coach Todd Bowles said after practice Wednedsay that he wouldn't officially rule out Darnold, who was considered day-to-day.
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QB Sam Darnold (foot) was the big name that stood out on the Jets' first injury report of Week 11, but there were plenty of other players who also found themselves on Wednesday's list.
WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle), WR Robby Anderson (ankle), TE Neal Sterling (concussion), DB Terrence Brooks (illness), OL Spencer Long (knee/finger) and NT Steve McLendon (ankle) joined Darnold in missing practice.
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (foot), CB Trumaine Johnson (quad), LB Frankie Luvu (neck) and OL James Carpenter were limited participants Wednesday.
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Jamal Adams is under contract through 2020 and the Jets hold a fifth-year option for 2021. But Adams seemingly 'likes' the idea of getting a boatload of cash from the Cowboys after the 2020 season.
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It has been a tough few weeks for Sam Darnold, but the Jets are not deviating from their plan for their rookie quarterback -- for now.
The 21-year-old had by far his worst performance of the season on Sunday, throwing four interceptions, including a pick-six, in a 13-6 loss to the Dolphins to fall to 3-6.
Darnold now has seven interceptions compared to two touchdowns in his last three games and it prompted head coach Todd Bowles to be asked whether or not he would consider benching the quarterback.
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Jets QB Sam Darnold was a disaster on Sunday as the Jets fell to 3-6 on the season, throwing four interceptions during what was his third straight poor performance.
Darnold has two touchdowns and seven interceptions over the last three games, as a promising Jets season has turned ugly.
With Darnold struggling and his mentor Josh McCown on the bench, SNY's Ray Lucas thinks benching would help the "frustrated" Darnold with his development...
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Not only were the Jets close to landing Dante Fowler Jr. before the trade deadline, they nearly landed him two months ago.
According to CBS Sports' Jason La Confora, the Jets offered QB Teddy Bridgewater to the Jaguars in exchange for the defensive end, but Jacksonville declined.
Instead, the Jets dealt Bridgewater to the Saints for a third-round pick.
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The Jets had a chance to establish themselves as contenders during this two-week stretch, to show they're ahead of their own rebuilding schedule. All they had to do was beat two very beatable teams.
Instead, on Sunday in Miami, they blew it. Again. Given an opportunity to take a positive step towards playoff contention, they were no-shows - again -- in a very big spot.
And that was an all-too-familiar sight for this team under Jets coach Todd Bowles.