The Jets just missed the playoffs but Pro Football Writers Association sure thinks they Jets are in good hands. The PFWA named Mike Maccagnan the NFL's Executive of the Year in his first year as a GM.
Maccagnan took over a really bad team, fresh off of a 4-12 season, that lacked talent and playmakers and was very aggressive from the start as he poured a bunch of money into the roster while also infusing the roster with a lot more talent.
"After a 4-12 season in 2014, the Jets had a huge turnaround in 2015 with a 10-6 record, just missing the AFC playoffs on the final day of the regular season," said the PFWA in a press release. "Maccagnan was hired as Jets' GM in January 2015. The Jets signed key unrestricted free agents, including guard James Carpenter, safety Marcus Gilchrist and cornerback Darrelle Revis, and New York also traded for wide receiver Brandon Marshall and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Maccagnan and his staff selected defensive lineman Leonard Williams in the first round, who went on to PFWA All-Rookie Team honors."
Maccagnan also signed Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine to further solidify the secondary, brought back players like David Harris and Bilal Powell and drafted Lorenzo Mauldin who continued to flash more and more as the season went on. But the biggest moves Maccagnan made were the two trades, for Marshall and Fitz, and drafting Williams, the potential Defensive Rookie of the Year.
The Jets wouldn't have been even close to sniffing the playoffs if not for Marshall and Fitzpatrick. Marshall is the most gifted receiver the Jets have had in years, if not ever, and put up amazing numbers as he had a huge part in turning the Jets into such a productive offense and changing the identity of the Jets of recent pass who had a truly inept offense and lackluster passing attack. Fitzpatrick played better than anyone could've imagined but Macaggnan now gets to say that's exactly why he traded for him and why Maccagnan won this award.
The Jets season ended in disappointment but the PFWA clearly thinks Maccagnan did a phenomenal job remaking the roster in his first year, the expectations must be insanely high for the years to come.
Chris Nimbley is the Editor-in-Chief of JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@cnimbley), or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)