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Jets admit to one of biggest draft mistakes ever — finally

Jets admit to one of biggest draft mistakes ever — finally

The Christian Hackenberg era ended before it started, and that’s on the New York Jets, specifically general manager Mike Maccagnan, whose second-round reach in 2016 will be remembered as one of the franchise’s all-time draft clunkers.

Hackenberg’s mechanics were a mess, and his confidence was shot after three up-and-down seasons at Penn State. If there were a chance for reclamation, it was ruined by the Jets, who stunted his development by limiting his practice reps (remember the four-QB depth chart in 2016?), entrusting him to a position coach (Kevin Patullo, 2016) who had no experience with quarterbacks and twice changing offensive coordinators.cheap nfl jerseys china

For the sake of their long-suffering fan base, you hope the Jets learned some lessons from the Hackenberg debacle and will get it right with Sam Darnold, the new golden boy in Gotham. From now on, everything the Jets do must be geared toward making him a better quarterback. He’s the future, and he must be allowed to develop in a stable environment, one that has a clear plan and sound coaching.301

That is why it made sense to unload Hackenberg on Tuesday, when the Jets sent him to the Oakland Raiders for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2019. Selling off a former second-round choice for a possible seventh-rounder is a pennies-on-the-dollar return, but quite frankly, it’s amazing the Jets got anything for Hackenberg. After all, he didn’t play a single down in two seasons. Raiders coach Jon Gruden, who got to know Hackenberg during his ESPN QB Camps, must see something the Jets don’t.

It’s a win for Hackenberg, who desperately needed a fresh start — especially after throwing the Jets’ coaches under the bus Tuesday. It’s also a win for the Jets, who eliminated a potential training-camp distraction and a reminder of a quarterback experiment gone bad. It might sound harsh, but they didn’t need that kind of vibe around Darnold.

In the process, the Jets simplified the depth chart. Now it’s just Darnold, Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgwater, whose surgically repaired knee appears fine (so far). The Jets have one promising rookie and two high-character pros.cheap nfl jerseys from china

“If anybody has a four-leaf clover up their butt and [you know] it’s going to work out every time, please let me know that person because … hey, it didn’t work out here.”

Asked if he can apply any lessons learned from Hackenberg to Darnold, Bowles said, “Sam’s situation and Christian’s situation are completely different.” For the most part, he’s right because of the difference in draft pedigree, but the comparison can’t be easily dismissed, not given this franchise’s track record with quarterbacks.