Turn On The Jets 12 Pack – Offseason Housecleaning Awaits Jets

Joe Caporoso on the offseason house cleaning that awaits the New York Jets

We are scrapping predictions for the New York Jets/Tennessee Titans game. Considering the awfulness of this season, a loss for them wouldn’t be shocking but I’m anticipating a Sunday night filled with angry Jets Tweets and comments about them winning (although we won’t be joining in). Today, we are going to instead focus on the overhaul that is coming for this organization.

It is a foregone conclusion that Rex Ryan will be fired. Along with him, you are going to see Marty Mornhinweg, Dennis Thurman, Thomas McGaughey and probably 80-90% of the coaching staff leave. This is a needed move and not something worth harboring on any further.

The departure of the coaching staff will cement the future of certain players. Calvin Pace, Dawan Landry, Kyle Wilson and Willie Colon have played their last snaps here with Pace and Landry likely to retire. The likelihood of David Harris receiving a new contract also decreases. Harris probably doesn’t deserve much more than the league minimum at this point and depending on next year’s defensive scheme he may not get that here.

A bigger question is what does Woody Johnson do with his convoluted front office? The first move to make has nothing to do with John Idzik. It is getting rid of Terry Bradway and his scouting structure because whether or not Idzik is back, the dueling banjo, multiple agenda front office needs to go. Will Woody actually do this? Bradway has been untouchable for over a decade but maybe four straight non-playoff seasons (the longest under Johnson’s ownership) is enough to finally clean out the remnants of a regime that was “fired” in 2005. If Bradway remains in his current capacity many of the Jets problems will likely remain, regardless of what happens at GM. Remember, this is a team that has ended the season as a circus in three of the last four years, under two different GMs.

If Johnson is going to lean on the consulting firm and Bill Polian who initially advised Idzik’s hire, they will probably say something like “You hired the guy we suggested but you forced a Head Coach and personnel department dominated by his predecessors on him, let him hire his own coach and rebuild the personnel department with his own people.” If Johnson listens to this advice, you will see Idizik and Rod Graves hire a coach and make widespread changes in the scouting department.

On the other hand, Johnson may toss Idzik and Graves out as well leading to another GM search. After only giving his last hire two years and being perceived as caving to the lunatic fringe of the fan-base, it wouldn’t be an easy process. However, he may be advised or feel like trying to start from scratch. Johnson and whoever is in his ear will look at the glass half full and glass half empty of Idzik’s performance when deciding his fate.

Half empty is that he botched the cornerback position badly this offseason by failing to have a good Plan B after missing on Vontae Davis. He also didn’t leave enough depth at wide receiver or offensive line for 2014. His second round quarterback has not worked out and he’s had a pair of FA signings flame out and bring bad press to the organization (Mike Goodson and Dimitri Patterson). It was a poor decision to bring Jeff Cumberland back as a starter this year and the Chris Johnson signing has been OK at best. There are still major question marks about one of his first round picks in 2013 and his first round pick in 2014. There haven’t been many flashes from his mid to late round picks, including the bad look of cutting a 4th round pick after only thee games. Finally. he doesn’t have a media friendly personality.

Half full is he walked into a no talent, cap disaster and had a Head Coach forced on him along with being required to trade Darrelle Revis. He found the best player in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, which looks like a wasteland so far and found a quality starting running back for a 4th round pick the same year. The early returns look good on the Percy Harvin trade. Overall, the team has a good crop of talent at running back and receiver along with a promising second round tight end. His 2013 5th round pick appears to be a competent starting offensive lineman, giving hope that this year’s 4th round offensive lineman could be the same. Dee Milliner was the Defensive Rookie of the Month last December, Calvin Pryor has been put in a tough spot, and Dexter McDougle hasn’t played, so it is premature to write them off despite their issues. Finally, who cares about satisfying the local beat?

The right assessment probably is somewhere in the middle. Whatever, Johnson decides there needs to be a clear chain of command in the personnel department. There can’t be a coach with his nose in personnel mixed in with a new GM who didn’t want him and a previous GM fired 9 years ago. Clean it up, Woody.

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 EVP of Content at Whistle Sports