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Jets need Joe Douglas to make all the right moves to play ‘meaningful games’ in 2022 – The Athletic

No more excuses. No more time. Enough deflecting to next year, justifying today’s misfortunes on the mishaps of regimes of yesteryear.

Yes, Joe Douglas inherited an absolute mess when he took over as Jets general manager in June 2019. That’s why this rebuild was always going to be a process. But he is now beginning his third full offseason. There’s no more shielding criticism. The lengthy honeymoon is over.

The Jets should be playoff contenders in 2022.

That’s not a joke. The sentence isn’t written in green ink.

Douglas has the assets to make it happen. He should make it happen.

So … go and do it.

“The goal is to be playing very meaningful games as the season progresses next year,” he said on Monday, one day after the Jets lost to the Bills and finished the season 4-13.

It’s irresponsible to write any story on Douglas and not lament — even if repeated — the undertaking bestowed upon him when he took over as Jets GM. Mike Maccagnan spent five years (2015-2019) taking picks and flushing them down the proverbial toilet. Just seven of 39 players drafted during that time are still on the team, including just three from the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 classes. Maccagnan replaced John Idzik, who did much of the same in 2013 and 2014 (remember the Idzik 12?). The tail end of the Mike Tannenbaum era is why the Jets felt the need to bring in a replacement in the first place.

And that’s just the draft.

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