Why Maccagnan’s best plan for Jets may not work for Bowles

INDIANAPOLIS — Rebuild or refurbish?

That is the question lingering over the Jets’ offseason. After a 5-11 season in Year 2 of the Todd Bowles/Mike Maccagnan regime, do they tear it down completely and play the young kids with an eye on the future, or do they continue to patch holes with veterans and chase that elusive playoff berth?

With the NFL Scouting Combine beginning Wednesday, the Jets organization is at a crossroads, and the best paths for Bowles and Maccagnan may be different. Bowles probably needs to go at least 8-8 to save his job, after his first two years as head coach have ended in Week 17. For him, the priority would seem to be the short-term.

General managers usually are given more time on their jobs, so Maccagnan would seem to be focused on the long-term. That would mean going young in 2017 with the players he drafted in 2015, 2016 and those he will draft…

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