New York Jets – Waiting For The Insanity To End

The final days of the New York Jets 2012 season cannot pass fast enough


There are plenty of bad football teams in the NFL this season. There are teams with worse records than the New York Jets despite having more talent. There are teams who have gotten blown out or been less competitive on a more frequent basis than the New York Jets. Regardless, it is hard to fathom another situation where the season ending will be greeted more happily than this organization and their fan-base.

Rex Ryan press conferences, once entertaining highlights throughout the week of winning seasons, have turned into bumbling, confusing explanations about quarterback depth charts and activation theories. Rex and the rest of the Jets staff is coaching like they don’t expect to be back next year. How else do you explain young players and rookies being glued to the bench in meaningless games? How else do you explain the complete discord between the staff, the front office and even the offense and defense?

The Jets franchise has devolved into “everybody save themselves” mode, as they all desperately try to shift blame and save their jobs. It is sickening to watch such a lack of organization, discipline and vision. As we have previously alluded to, there are no half measures when it comes to fixing these kinds of problems. They require a reevaluation of direction and a fresh set of eyes on the roster.

A clean break doesn’t mean bringing Bill Parcells back for a consulting role, since he has previous working relationships with Mike Tannenbaum and Terry Bradway. Bring in somebody fresh and hungry to prove themselves as a personnel evaluator and General Manager. Mike Maccagnan from Houston was the right idea, just give him the freedom to do the job without Tannenbaum’s interference.

This organization desperately needs to move past the Tim Tebow circus sideshow act. It needs to move past Mark Sanchez who was set up to fail the previous two years and did just that in spectacular fashion. The old faces from the 2009 and 2010 AFC Championship Game runs need to be sent packing: Bart Scott, Calvin Pace, Eric Smith, Shonn Greene, Dustin Keller and if possible Santonio Holmes among others. Rex Ryan might have to go as well, that needs to be strictly the call of the new General Manager. Right now, Rex doesn’t carry himself like somebody who believes he will back next year or even really wants to be back at all.

The Jets finish up their season in Buffalo this Sunday in a glorified exhibition game against another disappointing team from their division. Yet, the real entertainment will be in the following days. When will the end of season press conference be scheduled? Who will even run it? How many days until Tony Sparano is fired and who from the offensive staff will get the ax with him? It will be an active January of speculation and hopefully front office/coaching staff turnover from the Jets, likely supported by endless anonymous quote stories ran in the Daily News. The only hope is when the dust settles, there are more competent decision makers in place.

This is an obviously critical off-season for the Jets, where a cleaning up of the salary cap needs to take place while attempting to begin the process of starting to fill the numerous holes across the roster. The team will have a top 15 pick in the first round and a pick in every round after that. They cannot afford early round misses and need to find immediate contributors, likely on the offensive line, at outside linebacker and at running back. In free agency, they are going to have to hit with smart, low-cost deals.

The most important thing the Jets do this off-season will be finding a way to improve their self-scouting, which of course means getting people like Tannenbaum and Bradway away from decision making. No more mistaking Shonn Greene for a lead back. No more mistaking Wayne Hunter for a starting right tackle. Look at the roster, find the capable pieces and build around them, while cutting ties with the rest.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • Adam

    The one thing I am amazed at is that they would even think of having Tannenbaum around as a cap specialist. He is the one that created the cap mess the Jets are in right now! He overloaded contracts with guaranteed money which reduced the flexibility that the Jets had when dealing with under-performing players.

    Get a GM that is a good evaluator of talent and surround him with smart talented people – not hold-overs. Fire Sparano,Cavanaugh and Tannenbaum outright. Let the new GM decide on Rex – he is a great defensive mind but to be a good head coach he needs a strong OC next to him.

  • Ernest

    The insanity is just getting started. Who will be the next GM, will Tannenbaun be fired or demoted, OC, DC, STC, LB coach, New scouting staff, Draft choices, where will Sanchez be going or will he stay?, etc, etc, etc. It just the beginning.

  • joeydefiant

    All the rex haters and their radio host quotes. think for yourself for once. “rex inherited a talented team” why didnt this talented team make it deep into the playoffs before he got there? also the coach does the best with what he has the coach doesnt sign and draft players. if mangini assembled this powerhouse team that any coach could bring deep into the playoffs he would be employed elsewhere and cleveland should have been making runs into the playoffs as well. ofcourse the rex bashers never respond to this because it doesnt fit their mike fransesca argument. if rex goes saay goodbye to the one thing this team has going for it which is a dominating defense. if the new gm doesnt want rex as coach he will not be hired. anyone who thinks rex is going needs to wake up

  • Big Al

    losing sunday could be the difference between picking 15th or 5th!!!

  • Mark

    Changes need to be made all of the way around. I fear that the current GM will draft a QB like Barkley or Tyler Wilson as a panic move. NO QB is going to succeed in NY unless they give him the tools to succeed (protection, a pass catching back who can run to the outside, receivers who can get separation). Though I blame Sanchez for some of the problems, he is only partially to blame. His first two years when he was better than average, he had all the thing mentioned above. This is more the fault of the GM and Rex for not putting the right OC in lance and not the right parts around Sanchez.

    I am very concerned at something that barely made the news, DC Mike Pettine turned down an extension. It tells me that everyone who has other, better options is jumping ship. This could make it very difficult to get the right management to turn this thing around, and it can make it very difficult to recruit players.