Mike Maccagnan hasn't had much time to judge his performance in his first year as the New York Jets' general manager.
There are too many other things to do - such as focus on next season.
"I probably won't catch my breath until after the draft," Maccagnan said Thursday while meeting with reporters for the first time since November.
The Jets went 10-6 in Todd Bowles' first season as coach, but missed the playoffs after losing the regular-season finale at Buffalo.
"We're happy with the progress we made," Maccagnan said. "I think in a perfect world, you're hoping to be a team that competes for the playoffs and we came one game short, and that was disappointing."
New York started 4-1, but then hit a tough stretch in which it lost four of five to sit at .500.
Then, things turned around, with the Jets winning five straight to put themselves right back into the postseason picture. Huge seasons from Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Chris Ivory and Muhammad Wilkerson were all contributors.
But now comes the hard part: Trying to build off that and actually reach the playoffs next season.
"One nice thing about our season, I thought, was watching the team kind of come together in the locker room, and that's some of the stuff - those intangible things - that are hard to judge," Maccagnan said.
"I thought at the end of the season, we came together and did some nice things and statistically, we did good things, but I felt good that we got closer to maybe being a team that could go in there and compete for a playoff spot every year." >> Read more…