Even though the book on the 2008 Jets season is not closed and the final chapter has not yet been written, their is one thing that must happen at the season’s end even if the Jets somehow make it to the playoffs and that is fire defensive coordinator Bob Sutton.
While head coach Eric Mangini should be on the hot seat as well, I could see GM Mike Tannenbaum giving Mangini his fourth year of a four year contract, but Sutton has to go as his defense has been terrible during the Jets losing streak.
While I personally thought Sutton would be on the hot seat at season’s end, his defense’s performance at Seattle might have cost him his job. The Jets defensive did not lay a finger on Seahawks QB Seneca Wallace and they made RB Maurice Morris look like former Dolphins RB Mercury Morris. Even in the lucky win against Buffalo the Jets defense played poorly (for evidence look at the touchdown run by Bills RB Fred Jackson)
The Jets are showing signs that Sutton’s Jets tenure is ending. Like last season, Mangini is starting to take charge of the defense play-calling.
And with Mangini’s good friend Romeo Crennel most likely to let go by the Cleveland Browns after season, he seems like a logical replacement for Sutton. Both Crennel and Mangini coached together in New England under Bill Belichick.
I don’t think Jets fans will mind trading Sutton for Crennel, who brings five Super Bowl rings as a defensive coordinator to Florham Park, New Jersey