Mike Sando of ESPN gave the Jets an A grade for their offseason last year. With a year of hindsight, he is keeping the A.
Offseason grade: A
The Jets' first year under general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles showed what can happen when a struggling team uses all potential avenues for improvement. The Jets went from the bottom 10 to the top 10 in both offensive and defensive expected points added. Trades for quarterbackRyan Fitzpatrick and receiver Brandon Marshall paid off big. Spending in free agency often backfires, but the Jets fared well there too, upgrading their secondary. Veteran addition James Carpenter was better on the Jets' offensive line than he previously was on the Seattle line. The Jets also resisted overthinking in the draft when they selected Leonard Williams sixth overall.
I have heard some folks around these parts say what Maccagnan did was easy. That isn't the case, though. You see teams every season spend big in free agency and have it blow up in their face. You can quibble here about whether Maccagnan gave a certain player too much money. You can say you might not have liked one particular player. On the whole, however, this was an exceptionally effective offseason. The secondary was vastly improved. The team added pieces at great value to finally breathe life into the passing game.
One year does not a successful general manager make. Maccagnan now has to navigate an offseason where several key contributors are free agents. He also needs to draft effectively because the Jets are in need of an infusion of young talent.
With this said, his first act does inspire confidence. He found pieces who fit and made the team better,