Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said he was disappointed with the team's 5-11 finish this season, and wouldn't put a timetable on when they would be a perennial contender.
"We're obviously not happy with our record. But I do think we made some progress [with the youth]," Maccagnan told reporters while alluding to players such as OL Brandon Shell and CB Juston Burris. "We have some pieces we feel good about."
Maccagnan said he felt comfortable signing Ryan Fitzpatrick this past offseason, noting that all options -- internal and external -- will be on the table for 2017 at quarterback.
Maccagnan said second-round pick Christian Hackenberg -- who didn't appear in a regular season game -- made progress and that they like him as a prospect, and also had praise for Bryce Petty, saying he has "a lot of potential" and the "physical ability" to be a starter.
While he wouldn't address the future of players such as Sheldon Richardson and Geno Smith, Maccagnan did weigh in on Darrelle Revis, whose performance suffered in 2016.
"We liked him when we signed him," Maccagnan said of Revis.
There are some pieces to be hopeful about, I really need to really delve into how much pruning the Jets will do to this roster this coming offseason to get a truer sense of how much any young talent might counteract some of the impending cuts that this organization is going to most assuredly make. Right now, the salary cap will go up another $10MM-$15MM, so the Jets can easily free up $25MM if they cut or restructure players like Darrelle Revis, Ryan Clady, Breno Giacomini and Marcus Gilchrist. That number could push up another $20MM with terminations of players like Nick Mangold, Brandon Marshall and David Harris.
As far as the comments on the QB, I am glad to hear that they are leaving all options on the table at this point … but what else should we expect? There's no clear answer at the position and Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty have a long way to go to warrant long-term stater consideration. Free agents, trades, the NFL draft … all should be avenues to make this team better.
Macc's assessment on Revis is spot on. When Revis came back to New York he was still at the height of his powers. Revis's game began to crack during the 2015 season as lined up across from DeAndre Hopkins, Allen Robinson and Sammy Watkins. Those outliers became the norm in 2016. Were there conditioning and injury concerns? Certainly, but not enough to offset what the Jets are paying him. For Revis to be back in 2017, he would need to take a drastic pay cut and even a potential position switch to safety - which might not even work based on his utter aversion to contact in the last two years