Mandate Schmandate!

during the New England Patriots vs the New York Jets at Met Life Stadium On October 15, 2017. Photo by Alan J Schaefer

On Tuesday, Jets owner Christopher Johnson was asked a trap question, and he didn’t fall into the trap.

“Will there be a mandate that Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan have to make the playoffs in 2018?”

“I have no mandate,” Johnson said. “Believe me, I want to get to the playoffs. I want to build a team with Mike and Todd that can compete for the playoffs every year. That can’t happen fast enough. But there’s no mandate.”

Playoff mandates are foolish, but questions about them generate traffic.

What if you go 10-6, and don’t make the playoffs?

What if you end up with 25 players on injured reserve and don’t make the playoffs?

Playoff mandates don’t make much sense from a football standpoint.

However, they do make sense from a click-bait standpoint.

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