Start on offense. Maccagnan first big move was trading for Brandon Marshall. The Jets sent Chicago a fifth round pick for the 6’4 receiver. In two games with the Jets, Marshall has played like he is worth a first. The wideout has two touchdowns and 13 catches, and has just flat out dominated opposing cornerbacks. The Marshall deal was a flat out robbery for Maccagnan. The Jets also signed guard James Carpenter to a four year deal. Carpenter has looked very solid in his first two games, and has been especially good in the running game. After whiffing on Brian Hoyer, the Jets “settled” for Ryan Fitzpatrick in a trade with the Texans. Made the starter because of Geno Smith’s injury, Fitzpatrick has done more than enough. He has 413 yards with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. With the defense and the weapons on offense, the Jets can win with Fitzpatrick. We have yet to see Zac Stacy or Stevan Ridley, but Ridley should make an impact in the second half. The major moves have panned out on the offensive side of the ball.
Mike Maccagnan took the worst secondary in football and turned it into the best overnight. Last season the Jets key players at the spot where guys Darrin Walls, Kyle Wilson, Dawan Landry, and Dee Milliner. The team did it big in free agency. Darrelle Revis, Buster Skrine, Antonio Cromartie, and Marcus Williams, were all added to the backend of the defense. Revis is still elite and has 3 fumble recoveries already. Buster Skrine has been a stud in the nickle for the Jets, making plays all over the place. Cromartie has not been great, but he is banged up. Marcus Gilchrist had a key interception in the Colts game to clinch a victory.
Mike Maccagnan should soak it all in right now. For the moment, he should hear nothing but positive things. That is not common in New York. The Jets were offseason winners and have become on-field winners. Todd Bowles deserves some credit, but Maccagnan reshaped this franchise.