I don't think the Jets were ignorant of Mahomes talent or deficient in scouting. I think the Jets made the decision to pass on Mahomes because at the time they did not want to develop a young QB. I don't think Todd Bowles was/is a good head football coach. I think the Johnson's and Maccagnan had a different opinion. Bowles was a defensive coach not suited to develop Darnold. We talk about Maccagnan but Bowles as HC must take a sliver of responsibility for Hackenberg being that bad. Coaching does play a role in developing a QB and he also got little out of Petty. I saw Bowles with 3 young QBs and the first two did not look coached well. Todd Bowles was not capable of getting the best out of a young QB. Remember Plan A was to sign Kirk Cousins so we know both Bowles and Maccagnan did not want to go the route of developing a QB. When you look at the roster at the time it was clear they were not a contender yet they took a win now mode offering Cousins more than 90 million guaranteed- he took less to sign with the Vikings. The approach taken with Cousins shows the team was committed to Bowles as late as January 2018 and truly did not want to develop a QB. When the Jets had no choice they decided to draft a QB, yet in a move that made no sense they retained Todd Bowles. When you look at Bowles prior 3 seasons he did nothing to warrant keeping his job. Add in it was evident it was now a passing league and teams were all hiring offensive minded coaches. The next year Bowles went 4-12 and was finally fired. IMO I think if he went 6-10, 7-9, they would have kept him. I read Maccagnan and Bowles didn't like each other but when you look at the decisions made it looks like they treated him like Vince Lombardi. I think a big reason why the Jets passed on Mahomes was a misguided commitment to Todd Bowles. Does anyone think Mahomes would have near the success that he has if he were developed by Todd Bowles instead of Andy Reid? I think the real answer on Mahomes is not that the Jets did not see his talent or didn't do their due diligence. I think the team was strangely really committed to Todd Bowles and he did not want to draft and develop a young QB. This truly falls on the Johnsons, as remember the setup- the coach and GM report to ownership. Mahomes is not a Jet not because of bad drafting but because the Johnsons were incredibly committed to Todd Bowles- a coach who could not develop a player like Mahomes.