New York Jets – In Post Black Monday Limbo

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The New York Jets have made a collection of intelligent decisions since their embarrassing season ending loss in Buffalo. Firing Mike Tannenbaum was a much needed start coupled with hiring Jed Hughes to lead the search for the team’s new General Manager. Credit Woody Johnson for recognizing he is not a football expert and needs assistance in selecting the proper person to run his team. Hughes has a distinguished resume and hasn’t wasted any time in requesting interviews with three strong GM candidates: Tom Gamble, Marc Ross, and Dave Caldwell. All three are highly sought after around the league and the Jets won’t be an easy sell but at least it shows they are on the right track.

While the GM search plays out, the entire coaching staff remains in limbo. If you are able to snare a candidate like one of the previously mentioned ones, they must have full autonomy on how to proceed at Head Coach. There can be no requirements that force him to keep Rex Ryan. If he wants to keep Rex, great but if not…he must be allowed to make that call. The same goes for the rest of the coaching staff.

Personally, I have no problem with Rex being brought back but think he needs to be managed in the proper way. He cannot have too much say in personnel decisions and he must be forced to embrace a 21st century offense and offensive coordinator. Let Rex lead and motivate the men in his locker room. Let him scheme up defensive game plans. Get him better media training so there is a more consistent and unified voice coming out of the organization.

Regardless of who the new GM is, they must revamp the team’s media and PR approach. The New York media can complain right now all they want about the lack of a season ending press conference for Rex Ryan and Woody Johnson but they sound absurdly hypocritical. Why should the Jets treat them with transparency and industry standards when the media (cough, cough Daily News) has buried them with anonymously sourced and misquoted material? Hopefully, the Jets are currently ironing out a better way to handle their local coverage.

This is a team currently in limbo. The entire coaching staff’s job security is up in the air. No approach has been decided on how to handle quarterback or the messy cap situation. None of the other dominoes can begin to fall until the General Manager is hired…then look for them to fall fast and furiously. The sooner, the better because there are many critical decisions and steps that need to be taken.

4 thoughts on “New York Jets – In Post Black Monday Limbo

  1. Agree – dont mind Rex being back but we place allot of blame on Mr T and not enough on Rex – Rex fought to get Sanchez because of how he ordered food at a Mexican Restaurant (fact). Rex hired the OC because he “wanted someone like himself” (Fact). Rex hired the O-line coordinator becuase he threw a garbage can which showed fight (fact).

    The new GM must let Rex motivate but Rex cannot lie to fans and players about how ‘great’ someone is until the earn it. That is not motivating, that builds complacency. A simple he has the talent to be a probowler but needs to work harder and focus more is better than John Conner is “Concrete Conner, the Terminator, you know, whatever you want to say, I mean, he is about as good a lead blocker as there is.”

  2. If rex is kept he should basically just be told to coach the defense and manage game situations..no say on college personal just pro ones…also stay out of the way of anything to do w the offensive side of the ball!!! I still feel they should remove rex so they can recruit solid assistants…tex is lame duck no proven assistants would want to come to a staffwvpotentially a 1 yr and done situation

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