Wednesday marked a new era for the Jets. Gone are the brashness of Rex Ryan and his unfulfilled guarantees, no hiding agendas of a mismatch of coach and general manager. it’s a clean slate starting a new as a different regime for the New York Jets takes flight.
Coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan presented a united front as a new era took flight for the Jets on Wednesday during a packed and mostly low-key news conference that formally introduced the pair.
Bowles made it clear he likes working with his new boss Mike Maccagnan.
”Going forward,” Bowles said with a big smile, ”it’s going to be a dream working with this guy.”
As for how the jets on the field are going to be the new coach said at the teams Press conference:
”We’re going to be a tough team,” Bowles promised, ”an intelligent team. We’re going to do things the right way. … We’re going to try to build a championship team here, and that’s my only job.”
Rex Ryan said he didn’t come here to kiss Belichick’s rings …so how did the new jets coach feel about New England’s Super Bowl rings and their hold on the division?:
”I’m going to work on getting my own rings,” he said, joking. ”They’re the cream of the crop of the division. That’s why they’re in the Super Bowl. They’re somewhere that we’re striving to get to and that’s what we’re going to work toward.”
Maccagnan, Houston’s former director of college scouting, said there’s ”a good foundation in place” on the Jets’ roster, and he typically would like to build through the draft but indicated the team is still formulating its offseason approach.
Maccagnan was mostly soft-spoken and all business when he took questions. He reminisced about when he and Bowles met while they were with the Redskins in the late-1980s, back when Maccagnan was an intern in the front office, and Bowles was a safety. The two didn’t get to know each other well then – but met again last week when Maccagnan picked up Bowles from the airport, and they quickly determined they were a good match as GM and coach.
”It was a very natural fit,” Maccagnan said. ”It was just one of those situations that just felt right. I am very excited about going to war here with Todd here for the next few years.”