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Thursday, January 22, 2015

NFL Needs to Suspend Bill Belichick from Super Bowl

Roger Goodell needs to be as mad as hell, and he shouldn't take it anymore.

In a year where he has watched the credibility of his sport get dragged through the dirt, the latest scandal to hit the National Football League needs to be taken care of, not only with the utmost care, but with a hard and quick resolution.

The New England Patriots are being investigated for deflating footballs during the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. Both teams are responsible for their own footballs, which by league rule are inspected by NFL officials two hours and 15 minutes before the game kicks off. Anyone who doctors the ball afterwards will be heavily fined. Apparently the Patriots didn't get that memo, or, they just didn't care.

Several reports have the Patriots deflating as many as 11 of the 12 balls in their possession, two PSI below the standard weight of an NFL football. Walt Anderson, who was the head referee for the football game, said that every football checked out before the game started, which clears the officials of any wrong doing, and makes one wonder what the Patriots did to those balls after Anderson inspected them. ESPN later reported that the deflated balls were detected at halftime, inflated again, and put back in the bag for the second half. There was no update on whether those same footballs were found deflated again after the game.

On top of that the Colts and Ravens are now crying foul that the Patriots may have deflated footballs in previous match-ups, one against Indianapolis in week 11, and, again in the divisional playoffs against Baltimore.

Did the altered footballs effect the play of the game? Did it push the Patriots to a dominant victory over Indianapolis? Chances are, not likely. The Colts were horrible on Sunday against New England. They were outplayed in every facet of the game, and the Indy offense had no answer for the Patriots defense. Those saying the Patriots could have won the game with beach balls are correct; the Colts did nothing to stop New England.

That being said, just because the score was 45-7 does not exonerate the Patriots. Cheating is cheating no matter how one slices it. In the mind of the Patriots they were trying to gain a competitive advantage, and they got caught.

Roger Goodell (L) and Robert Kraft used to be all smiles.
The reason this story has so many people upset has nothing to do with fan base loyalty, or whether people like the Patriots or not. This is a national story because the Patriots are no strangers to cheating. Talk about hubris.

Spy-gate happened because the Patriots were caught red handed video tapping signals coming from the sidelines of the NY Jets in 2007. Soon thereafter other teams started reporting that they suspected something was fishy when they had played the Patriots in previous seasons. As result, the Patriots only got a slap on the wrist with a hefty fine, and lost draft picks. That was it. 

Now there is this.

Considering the Patriots past, should there be any surprise that New England would stoop this low in order to gain, what is in their mind only, a competitive advantage? The Patriots were the better team than the Colts, they didn't need to alter a football in order to win a game. Yet the paranoia of Bill Belichick proved once again that this so-called genius is his own worst enemy.

This has to leave the NFL angry. It should leave Roger Goodell beyond upset. The Patriots disgraced the Shield with their arrogance. They have turned Super Bowl week into a complete joke, and have dragged the NFL into an impossible situation where earning the trust of a national fanbase will take a monumental effort by the league.

If the Patriots win the Super Bowl, and all they get is the same punishment a la Spy-gate, Goodell will never hear the end of it. Just the image of the Commissioner handing Belichick and owner Robert Kraft the Lombardi Trophy in 10 days is flat out embarrassing. It will make the NFL look like enablers in the Patriots scam.

Maybe it's time for Josh McDaniels
Even if the Patriots lose the Super Bowl, there will be those who will claim the NFL did something fishy to make sure Seattle won in order to save face. The NFL cannot win in this situation, unless they do one very simple thing: suspend Bill Belichick.

If Sean Payton can get suspended for a full calendar year for his involvement in Bounty Gate in 2012, surely Bill Belichick can get suspended for whatever involvement he has in Deflate-gate. Goodell shouldn't even wait, he should drop the ax on Belichick right now, and suspend him from the Super Bowl.  The last thing the NFL needs is Belichick avoiding every question he gets about Deflate-gate with his typical droll persona during Media Day next Tuesday. The more the Patriots make fun of the allegations and the more they avoid it, the worse it will get for the NFL.

The NFL should force Robert Kraft's hand, and let offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels coach the Patriots in the Super Bowl, and if the suspension of Belichick lasts into next season, let McDaniels run the team through that time as well. That would almost certainly end Belichick's run in New England.

Getting Belichick off the team immediately in light of this developing story is the only answer if the NFL wants to separate itself from the Patriots' scandals. There is nobody to blame for this except the Patriots themselves; now they need to pay for it.  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Jets' Maccagnan and Bowles Introduced before NY media

If you base winning the press conference by how much humor and boastful proclamations the coach throws at the media, than Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan have a lot of work to do.

Bowles and Maccagnan are the anti-Rex Ryan. The days of circus press conferences are over, and the focus is now on football only. 

In place of trending quotes, we got an introductory press conference were we heard a who lot of nothing as Bowles and Maccagnan were introduced before the NY media for the first time on Wednesday. Neither guy showed their hand, playing it close to the vest like a couple of poker players.

Maccagnan he did a solid job, he came across with a much firmer grasp of the media than his predecessor, Idzik did in two years on the job. He didn't offer much insight as to how he will handle things as General Manager of the team, reading mostly from a prepared script and answering each question with the much expected and practiced declarations. When asked about Geno Smith, he dodged the question, saying that the Jets will "work with" the quarterback, but the entire roster "needs to be vetted" as part of the "process."

As for Bowels he came off as very dry. This is a man who is football first, and football only. The platitudes of guarantees will not come out of the mouth of Bowles, and you get the sense that even if the media tries to pry out a personality out of him, it won't happen. 

When asked about the quarterback, Bowles called Geno Smith a good college quarterback, and wouldn't expound any further than that. When asked if he would "kiss Bill Belichick's rings," Bowles offered a different answer, saying he was more concerned with "getting my own rings." When asked about what kind of team he wanted to build, Bowles said, "We're going to be a tough team. We're going to be an intelligent team, we're gonna try to build a championship team."

What a difference. Rex Ryan would never use the word 'try' in his vocabulary. For those tired of Rex Ryan, this was a dream come true. For those who miss those days, listening to Bowles sounded like listening to Bill Belichick Jr.

Bowles is not a flashy guy, he seems comfortable in his own skin. I do wonder what kind of person he will be behind closed doors. He didn't come off as a fiery personality in the press conference. He will need to take that passion to another level with the players. Something only he and the Jets will find out.

Overall, I would say it was an understated debut for the new Jets hierarchy. Now they have to win in order to make that quiet demeanor work over the long term.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Super Bowl XLIX Patriots vs. Seahawks, an early preview

After the Seahawks completed a stunning come-from-behind victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game, the Patriots demolished the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 in the AFC Championship.

The AFC contest wasn't even close as the Pats built a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Tom Brady was terrific once again on the big stage, throwing for 226 yards and three touchdowns, including one to offensive lineman Nate Solder, who lined up at tight end. The Patriots held the football for nearly 38 minutes, and amassed 397 yards of offense as compared the Colts inferior 209 yards of offense.

In fact the game was so one sided, it was easy to forget that Andrew Luck was even playing in this game for the Colts. Luck's contributions mattered little, with a 12 of 33 night for 126 yards and two picks. It didn't help that his teammates didn't even get off the bus on Sunday night.

Now it sets up what should be a pretty fascinating Super Bowl. These are two franchises that have history in their sights, so let's take an early look at what's at stake in Super Bowl XLIX.

  • The Seahawks are looking to be the first team to repeat as Super Bowl Champions since the Patriots did it themselves in 2003 and 2004. 
  • Seattle is looking to be the first NFC team to repeat as Super Bowl champs since the 1992-1993 Dallas Cowboys. That's a long, long time ago. 
  • Russell Wilson is trying to win his second Super Bowl at age 26. Tom Brady won his second Super Bowl at age 26; Troy Aikman won two Super Bowls by age 27; Joe Montana by age 28, and Terry Bradshaw had his second title by age 27.  Therefore, Wilson will be one of the fastest.
  • A second Super Bowl title for Pete Carroll would put him among some big names like Belichick, Bill Parcells, Tom Flores, Jimmy Johnson, etc. who have won at least two Super Bowl titles. 
  • The Seahawks have played in four conference title games, 3-0 in the NFC, 0-1 in the AFC. 
  • This is Seattle's third trip to the Big Game in nine years.
  • The Seahawks are looking to establish themselves as the dynasty of the 2010s, and will try to do so against the team that dominated the previous decade (the 2000s) in the Patriots. 
  • The Patriots are trying to to be more than just a team of the 2000's, they want to be an All Time Franchise with their fourth Super Bowl triumph under this administration. 
  • The Patriots seek their first Super Bowl title in 10 years.     
  • The Patriots are in their sixth Super Bowl in 14 years, and third appearance since 2008. 
  • Bill Belicheck is in his sixth Super Bowl as a head coach, tied with Don Shula who went to six (5 with Miami, 1 with the Colts) Super Bowls. 
  • Tom Brady is looking for his fourth ring, which would tie him with Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana among starting quarterbacks to win the Big Game.
  • Brady/Belichick as a tandem are looking for their fourth title which would also tie them with said combos of Noll/Bradshaw and Walsh/Montana. They are currently tied with Landry/Staubach with three. Not bad at all. 
  •  This is the Patriots eighth trip to the Super Bowl all time, tying them with Dallas and Pittsburgh for the most appearances by one team.
  • New England is 3-4 all time in the Super Bowl; Seattle is 1-1 all time in the Super Bowl.
  • New England returns to Glendale, Arizona, the same site where their bid at 19-0 was destroyed by the New York Giants in 2008.
  •  Russell Wilson's first game as a starter was in Arizona against the Cardinals in 2012. 
  • New York Jets connection: Both Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll were defensive coordinators for the Jets, and ironically, head coaches for a short period. Belichick was HC of the NYJ for one day before stepping down; Carroll was HC of the NYJ for one season (1994). 
  • Carroll succeed Belichick's coaching colleague, Bill Parcells, in New England in 1997. 
  • After the 1999 season, and after Belichick spurned the Jets, he replaced Carroll in New England as head coach. 
  • The Patriots and Seahawks are no strangers. They faced each other in October of 2012, with Seattle winning 24-23. That game is remembered for Richard Sherman taunting Brady. 
  • This will be the 17th meeting between the Pats and Hawks. The series is tied at 8-8.
Should be a fun two weeks of discussion and debate until kick-off at 6:22 p.m. ET in Glendale. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Onside kick sparks Seattle comeback in NFC Championship


The Green Bay Packers were up 19-7 and had just intercepted Russell Wilson for the fourth time in the game. With 5:04 the game was all but over, the Packers were heading to the Super Bowl with an improbable upset. Oh, how cruel the sport of football can be.

The Packers did nothing with the interception, going three and out and punting it back to the Seahawks, and giving them the hope they were searching for. That was the theme of the day for Green Bay. They had numerous opportunities to finish off the Seahawks, but never did.

The Packers could have put the dagger in the Seahawks in the first quarter, but never did. Their first three possessions were in Seattle territory, two of them because of Seahawks turnovers, and all the Packers could muster were two field goals to take a 6-0 lead.

Later on with the Packers up 16-0, Green Bay had another chance to shut the door on the Seahawks, but never did. After Wilson's third interception, Aaron Rodgers returned the favor with his second interception of the day, killing a great opportunity for Green Bay to expand that lead even further before the half.

If you have noticed, I haven't even mentioned the name Brandon Bostick. There is a reason for that. While the Green Bay Packers made plenty of mistakes in this game as a team, it will sadly be Bostick who will forever be remembered for Green Bay's heartbreaking 28-22 loss to the Seahawks in the NFC title game.

Nobody will talk about those blown red zone opportunities. No one will talk about how the Packers defense suddenly became a sieve down the stretch, allowing Wilson and Marshawn Lynch to do as they pleased.

Instead all anyone will talk about is the onside kick.

The Seahawks had just scored a touchdown on a Russell Wilson scramble to get back into the game at 19-14. It was easy to think no harm, no foul, with 2:09 the Packers would recover the onside kick and all will be swell in the land of cheese. Wrong.

The kick by Stephen Hauschka popped up into the air, and it was Bostick, the back-up tight end, who lept into the air to make a play on it. He tried to catch the football, but the ball bounced in and out of his hands, and it fell into the mittens of Chris Matthews. Packers special teams coach Shawn Slocum had a few words of frustration for Bostick and the tight end went sulking to the sideline. You can't blame Bostick for trying, he wanted to win that game as much as anyone, and was just trying to make a play to help his team.

The Seahawks were recharged, all of a sudden Russell Wilson rediscovered the magic. He sprinted down the sideline for 15 yards to the Packers 35 yard line. The 12th Man was going totally insane at this point. Two plays later, Marshawn Lynch, and his golden feet, went trampling on the Green Bay Packers defense for a 24-yard sprint to the end zone. Like a flash of lightening it was 20-19, Seahawks. Seattle then converted the two-point conversion on a ridiculous play in which Wilson hit Luke Wilson while back-peddling away from a sack. It was Seattle's night after all, 22-19.

The Packers did manage to the tie the game when Rodgers moved the Packers into field goal range in the waning seconds, but the flow of this game was totally broken. Green Bay's mojo was gone and everyone knew it.  In a lot of ways it was easy to root for Green Bay to find a way to defy the odds at this point just to take poor Brandon Bastick off the hook. They couldn't do that either.

In overtime, it didn't take Wilson long. After an afternoon where he couldn't hit the side of a barn, Russell Wilson found something a little extra in that right arm of his. He connected with Doug Baldwin for 35 yards to move into Packers' territory. Then he won the game in walk-off fashion with the home run ball into the end zone to Jermaine Kearse to win in 28-22.

For Wilson, the tears of joy that poured from his soul after the game was a testament to his dedication to the Seahawks. He has never found himself in a situation where the game was on his shoulders like it was on Sunday, and on his worst day, he still found a way to pull a rabbit out of his hat. Kudos to him.

Meanwhile the tears of sorrow and "what could have been" are all Green Bay's to own. They had the game won at 19-7. They even had the game won at 19-14. While it is easy to pin all of the blame on Bostick for the loss, he doesn't deserve it. Already social media has been comparing him to Bill Buckner or Steve Bartman. Both Buckner and Bartman endured incredible abuse, most of which was undeserved from Boston and Chicago fans. Buckner wasn't forgiven until the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, and even then it was hard for him to forgive the fans. Bartman, a fan himself has been in seculusion ever since the foul ball at Wrigley Field.

For Bostick's sake, and for the sake of humanity, let's hope that Green Bay fans are a little bit smarter than Cubs and Red Sox fans, and do not make Bostick the scapegoat of the championship that got away.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Jets FINALLY cut ties with Terry Bradway

Score one for Jets General Manger Mike Maccagnan!

The freshly minted New York Jets executive showed more gusto then his predecessors ever did when word came down Friday afternoon that the Jets have fired Director of Player Personnel Terry Bradway, at long last.

Bradway, who had various titles in recent years including director of player personnel and college scouting, was an albatross for 13 years. In fact, he redefined the term survivor, because year-in and year-out he found a way to stay on Woody Johnson's good side no matter what. Starting when he was the general manager of the team back in 2001 and through his 13-year stay, the Jets have been steeped in mistakes and disasters coming out of both free agency and the draft under his watch -- yet through it all he never paid the price.  Until now.

Dwayne Robertson? Total disaster. A first round pick at defensive tackle that flamed out quicker than a candle when Bradway was the GM.

Justin Miller? Forgetable.

Mike Nugent? A total waste of a first round pick. Who picks a kicker in the first round? Bradway did.

Vernon Gholston? The definition of lazy.  An Ohio State product who didn't care about football, period.

Mark Sanchez? Along with Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum, it was Bradway and his group that scouted him.

Geno Smtih? Another quarterback bust.

Dee Milliner? Approaching Justin Miller status.

Stephen Hill? A second round bust at wide receiver.

Those are just a few of the many busts to come the Jets way over the past 13 years. 

The only picks that emanated out of the personnel department that actually worked, were Darrelle Revis (now with the Patriots), and Nick Mangold and David Harris. Sure, Bradway wasn't the general manager when all these players were drafted, but he was in the personnel department and scouted them all. He has shouldered a lot of blame in the eyes of the fan base, and it was deserved.

Bradway's stay with the Jets hit a point of pure silliness a long time ago. He out Isiah Thomas'd Isiah Thomas for his ability to keep his job despite a poor track record.  There was no reason for the Jets to keep this guy for this long, but Johnson always had a strong admiration for him. Either that or Bradway was really good at convincing Johnson, Tannenbaum and John Idzik, that he had everything in personnel under control.

Leaving with Bradway will be Jeff Bauer, who was in charge of the college scouting under Bradway.

With Bradway and Bauer out of the picture, Maccagnan can now focus on bringing in his people to get this franchise moving in the right direction. Rumors are he will tap former Jaguars GM Gene Smith to be his assistant GM. Look for Maccagnan to revamp the entire scouting staff as the Jets prepare for the combine and Senior Bowl. 

Score one for Maccagnan! Only four days into his new job he is already changing the culture for the Jets, and doing so all for the good.

Giants reunited With Spangnuolo

After a six year absence Giants' fans finally get their wish, Steve Spangnuolo has returned to Big Blue as defensive coordinator.

Popular amongst former players and the fans for the way he guided the Giants defense to one of the top units in the NFL in 2007 and 2008, which included a thrilling Super Bowl victory, bringing back Spagnuolo was a no-brainer.

Sure the Giants did their due-diligence by interviewing several candidates including Raheem Morris, Pepper Johnson and Dennis Allen for the post, but the writing has been on the wall for a very long time. The Giants wanted to get "their guy" back in the fold. In what could be Tom Coughlin's final year as Giants coach, having a trusted hand by his side is huge.

Under Spagnuolo the Giants were a top 10 defense, ranked 7th in the NFL in total D in 2007, and 5th in total D in 2008. The Giants haven't sniffed the top ten since he left.

Heck, they haven't even been in the top 15!

Maybe it's ironic in a way, while the Giants defense got progressively worse since his departure, Spagnuolo hasn't enjoyed a lot of success himself either.

He went 10-38 in three seasons as the head coach of the St. Louis Rams. Granted a lot of it wasn't his fault, since the Rams were and still are a mess, especially at the quarterback position. Then in 2012, he managed the New Orleans Saints defense to the worst ranking in the league, 32nd, after allowing 440 yards per game, and 28.4 points per game. He has spent the last two years as a defensive assistant in Baltimore, focusing mostly on the secondary.

So, while both parties are familiar with one another, the Giants had to make sure that Spagnuolo learned for those missteps in St. Louis and New Orleans, especially, and are hopeful he can get the Giants defense on the right track.

To be honest, the bar has been set so low by ex-defensive coordinator Perry Fewell that even a small improvement would be huge. The Giants were 29th in the NFL in total defense, and gave up 25 points per game this season. While injuries contributed heavily to their failures, Fewell just didn't have the answers. Perhaps the turning point in Fewell's tenure was the Seattle game, in which Marshawn Lynch carved up the Giants on the ground, and Fewell was seen standing on the sideline with a smiling and confused look on his face.

This is the right move for the Giants, and the right move for Spags. He has a chance to rebuild not only this defense, but his own credentials. I won't go as far as to say he automatically becomes a candidate to succeed Coughlin, but if he is able to get the most out of this unit and the Giants make the playoffs because of it, he'll get strong consideration.

Congrats Giants' fans your prayers have been answered. Now let's see if it was worth it. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Rex Ryan Introduced as Bills Coach

Here ya go Jets fans! Rex Ryan has officially become the Head Coach of the Buffalo Bills.

Ryan didn't make any guarantees, but he was still his boastful self.

Rex Ryan: "I'm not going to let our fans down. It's been 15 years since we made the playoffs ... We're going."

Rex Ryan on the AFC East: "We're not afraid of anybody"

Rex on facing the Jets: "I'll be honest. It's still the Patriots that I want the most."

Rex Ryan says he has a chip on his shoulder after being fired: "First time I've been fired....It's personal. It's embarrassing."

We can't wait either Rex. Jets vs. Bills will never be the same -- at least in the near future.

Jets Hire Maccagnan as GM, Rush to Hire Todd Bowles as Head Coach

Woody Johnson better hope his new hires for head coach and general manager work out, otherwise the next banner that he will see flying over the Jets training center might read, "sell the team."

The Jets made their decision on Tuesday. The much talk about search for the next HC and GM of the NYJ is now over, and in a lot of ways, feels like a rushed marriage on the part of Woody Johnson, and a move totally orchestrated by consultant Charley Casserly.

First, New York made it official by finalizing a deal with the worst kept secret in the NFL, when they agreed to make Mike Maccagnan their new General Manager. Maccagnan has spent the past week in New Jersey, and it was only a matter of time before he got the job. Maccagnan is a football guy, steeped in personnel, a huge contrast from John Idzik with was more of a salary cap guru. That has to make Jets fans at least crack a smile, since they desperately needed a football guy running the show.

Maccagnan will have his work cut out for him. Not only is he working with a team that has a lot of cap room, he's working with a team is bereft of talent on both sides of the football. If Maccagnan cut his teeth in college scouting, he will need to put those skills to good use in New York quickly. Keep in mind in the three years he's been director of college scouting in Houston, the Texans didn't draft an impact player after the second round.

 It will be fascinating to see if Maccagnan's hire will spell the end of current Director of College Scouting, Terry Bradway. Bradway has seen more lives than a cat in his stay with the Jets, and has been a big reason why the franchise's player personnel has been so poor. If Maccagnan has full autonomy of the organization, as a General Manager should, this will have to be his first order of business.

Now, onto the head coach. Once the Jets hired Maccagnan they decided to quickly hire Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles instead of waiting for Dan Quinn. Quinn, the defensive coordinator of the Seahawks, is coaching in the playoffs. If the Jets wanted Quinn badly they would have to wait until likely after the Super Bowl to hire him. 

A lot had been made that Quinn wanted the Jets and vice versa. It was even reported that Woody Johnson was planning to fly out to Seattle to hire Quinn, if the Hawks had lost to Carolina last week.

Then all of sudden things changed. In part because Quinn was still coaching in the postseason, in part because Todd Bowles was to interview in Atlanta after his discussion with the Jets, and I think in big part to Rex Ryan being in Buffalo. Suddenly Bowles became the be-all-to-end-all. 

Bowles, the Jets apparent "second choice", was getting all kinds of praise from the likes of Casserly, Ron Wolf (another Jets consultant in this search), and from a distance Bill Parcells, who was pushing Atlanta to hire him. We all know how good Parcells is in predicting the success of future head coaches (see Tony Sparano, Eric Mangini, Al Groh). That was apparently enough for Johnson to make him the guy and force yet another coach-GM combination.

Bowles background is impressive. He started his career in pro personnel before moving on to coaching. He's served a defensive coordinator in both Philadelphia under Andy Reid, and Arizona under Bruce Arians. His Cardinals were 5th in the league in points allowed this season. His defense also lead the league in blitzes sent, but was ranked 24th in the league in sacks with 35. The Cardinals were also ranked 24th in total defense. 

Here's the cold reality, when Dan Quinn does get a head coaching job, his work will forever be linked to Todd Bowles. If Quinn succeeds elsewhere and Bowles falters in New York, many will wonder if New York should have waited. If the opposite happens, and Bowles wins big, Woody Johnson will look like a genius.

 What troubles me about this hire is the report by Rich Cimini that says the lines between the head coach and GM will be blurred with the Jets. "The Jets have changed their power structure. He and Bowles will report directly to Johnson, who envisions the GM and coach as equal partners. Previously, the coach reported to the GM," (Cimini, ESPN NY). This is so Jets, and so Woody Johnson.

Maccagnan didn't hire Bowles, he just sat in the room while Johnson and Casserly made the hire. That might speak volumes as to what kind of power Maccagnan will have. If Maccagnan is going to have the powers of GM, he should have power over the head coach in most football matters. The only time they are joined at the hip is when the coach is the GM's pick and their decisions are made in consent. Forcing another GM-Coach combination is making the same mistake all over again. 

Not to mention Charley Casserly's fingerprints are all over this "arranged marriage" of Bowles and Maccagnan, which goes above and beyond the role of a consultant. Casserly worked with Maccagnan while in Houston, and he had Bowles as a player while in Washington. Casserly knew both guys very well, and I am sure he strongly pushed for Johnson to hire both of them.  

At the end of the day, both Bowles and Maccagnan deserve the opportunity to prove they can turn around a bad situation in New York. This will not be easy, there were so many issues left over by the Ryan-Idzik administration that it will likely take more than a year for this group to get this franchise moving in the right direction. 

We will see how it plays out. Stay tuned for an article breaking down the Jets needs for 2015.