A Modest Proposal

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – It is a melancholy topic to those who walk through this great town or travel in the country, when they see the streets, the roads and cabin doors crowded with depressed Jet fans.

The offense hasn’t scored a touchdown in nine quarters. In their four losses this season, they have scored a combined 18 points. Excluding the 45 points in New England, the defense gave up 29 points in those losses. In his last eight games, Mark Sanchez has 8 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

As the season dwindles down to the final three games, a time that is usually reserved for fine-tuning has turned into nearly a complete overhaul. To be frank, the Jets look flat-out awful on offense. And the time has come for a change.

Brian Schottenheimer must go. He and his offensive game-planning has been killing this team as they haven't scored a touchdown in 9 quarters. (JetsInsider.com Photo).

Fire Brian Schottenheimer.

Certainly firing the team’s offensive coordinator is not that bizarre or sarcastic as Jonathan Swift’s request, but there is more madness to my method.

Hire former Denver head coach Josh McDaniels.

Now we’re talking bizarre. Or is it? The Jets offense has looked as lost as a poor Irish boy wandering the streets for food. Sanchez and his receivers have been on and off more than Bradgelina. His on-the-field relationship with safety-net Dustin Keller appears to be in shambles as they can’t even connect on a simple crossing route.

The Devil’s advocate may say to change quarterbacks, however a lot of time, money, and public love affairs between the front office and Sanchez has made that an impossibility — at least for now.

So the most obvious, and the most logical decision would be to let go of Schottenheimer.

A former college quarterback and son of Marty, Brian has developed a system made up of bells and whistles that is designed to maximize mismatches and generate favorable match-ups.

In theory, that sounds amazing. However, it requires a lot of motion for the playmakers and pre-snap analysis for the quarterback to make sure those mismatches can be utilized. For a second-year quarterback, this is just far too much to ask for.

Sanchez aside, Schottenheimer has gotten too cute with the offense. The Wildcat offense has been a sexy package that most teams have incorporated, but few teams run it (and with little success) as much as the Jets have recently. I realize he is trying to put Brad Smith’s skill set to full use, but just because one has 100 tools in his toolbox does not mean one must use them all to build a house.

Too often I have watched this team line up in five-wide sets, clearly showing pass. And too often I have watched Shonn Greene and Ben Hartstock  run in to the huddle only to see what? A run to the loaded side of the offensive line. Whatever happened to the element of surprise? Apparently that has been lost in the cocky attitude instilled with this team. Ryan has said on multiple occasions that he prides himself in running the ball in running situations and passing in passing situations, as if to say “come and stop us”.

The running game has faltered. What was once a dominant area for the Jets, has showed a little less each week as the season has progressed. I don’t believe it’s because the lack of talent, but Schottenheimer not properly utilizing his weapons in the backfield. LaDanian Tomlinson, 31, doesn’t not have the legs to run between the tackles anymore, especially this late in the season. At this point in his career he has to be a change-of-pace back, much like how Danny Woodhead has been used in New England. Shonn Greene, like it or not, should be the feature back. He is the type of downhill, punishing runner that a Jets team is used to.

While I’m not impressed with the job Schottenheimer has done this season, I believe he should be given the season to pull himself out of the hole he dug his team in. But in meantime, general manager Mike Tannenbaum should be having preliminary talks with McDaniels.

As a head coach, McDaniels is considered damaged goods. But as an offensive coordinator he is considered a mastermind. He was the architect of the 2007 record-setting Patriots offense. And in 2008 he turned Matt Cassel, a man who hadn’t started a game since his senior year in high school, in to a Pro Bowler.

As a head coach in Denver, he perfected his mad scientist act. He took a dink-and-dunk passer, Kyle Orton, and transformed him into a 4,000 yard gunslinger. The guy is an offensive-minded Dr. Frankenstein.

He is young, brash, and confident. Those all happen to be similar character traits as Ryan, and I think he could appreciate his enthusiasm and work ethic. Plus, wouldn’t it be a nice dig to New Englanders to land their former offensive coordinator? McDaniels could offer insight into the Patriots organization and philosophies as well.

Think about it, New York. Time is running out on a season that promised dominance, both offensively and defensively.

The End.

11 Responses to “A Modest Proposal”

  1. Kristoffer Lance Says:

    I am so happy that it is not just the legions of everyday disgruntled Jet’s fans that are calling for the ousting of Schottenheimer. The common Green & White fan has been dismissed all season as just not privy enough to the workings of the offense to understand Schottenheimer’s master plan. The results speak for themselves. No TD in 9 quarters? An offensive “attack” that has become blasé at best. I can see the logic in Brian’s play calling, but come on, how long are you going to beat this dead horse? It’s not working. Brian’s dedication to his strategy is to a fault and it is growing into more of a liability to this team with every game.

  2. Neil Says:

    Brian Schottenheimer is the worst offensive coordinator in the NFL. He does not seem to know what he is doing and seems to try to blame it on Sanchez. When the jets run the 2:00 minute drive, they play far better as they are not held down by Schottenheimer’s conservative play calling.

    It seems strange that Rex has to build a relationship with Mark, that does not seem to be there between Mark and Brian. People need to stop blaming Mark, as the entire offense is falling apart. They have no energy, no unity. He is absolutely killing the team, and all jets fans.

  3. nyjwtf Says:

    Excellent article. Given the talent at wr and potential at qb, mcdaniels could make this a legit offensive threat. Do I think the jets bring him in, no. Rex loves schotty and will convince woody and T otherwise.

    I really hope I’m wrong.

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  5. Shawamar Says:

    Ive been calling for this guys head since last year, now its all the rage. He tries to be too cute, Rex doesnt seem be the “cute” kind of guy. Im all for it, hire Mcdaniel, hire Peyton Manning, I dont give a hoot anymore, As a life long Jet fan, and an optimistic one, this is just ridiculous.

  6. Kathy Says:

    All I can say is I thought I was the only one who thought that!. Yes, hire Josh McD. Rex gives him the keys to the car and I am telling you Sanchez is in the pro bowl. instead of working on his foot work in his second season. Tell me that is not Schotty’s fault and Brunnell and Cavanaugh….where are these guys?> So Cavanuagh’s great contribution was to tell Sanchez to macho up…please these guys are jokes.

  7. tom mccabe Says:

    Nine quarters in a row without a touchdown! That is unacceptable for any team at any level. The Jets generated more offense when they had the worst offensive line in the history of the NFL and no receivers. I am so disgusted with Schottenheimer. Wall Street Journal article states that his is most predictable offense in pro football. He has to go. Why throw away this season? Fire him now. Rex shouldn’t let emotional empathy get in his way. His ass is on the line, too. Jet Nation!

  8. Marty Shottenheimer Says:

    How moronic….bring in a new OC with new system with 3 games to go.

  9. Leroy Says:

    I could not agree more. When McDaniels was fired I was thinking he would be the perfect fit for the Jets. Schottenheimer’s play calling is very predictable and he does not know how to use the vast array of weapons he has.

  10. Wil Says:

    It is amazing to see what McDaniels is able to do with QBs that are otherwise below average. One has to wonder how much of an impact he had on making Brady as good as he is. I would love to see what he could do with Sanchez if even only for a year or two.

  11. Patrick Chung Says:

    If the Jets season stalls out the way it looks it is, fire him immediately after the season. No sense in changing OC’s with 3 weeks left in regular season. I do agree that McDaniels may serve as a viable option for the job, once it’s vacant. As you pointed out, he could serve up some tutorials on how to stop the Patriots because the direction they’re headed it doesn’t appear anyone has got a clue of what they’re doing. Former Pats coaches fare well against Belichick, McDaniels beat them last season in Denver and the Pats suffered one of their 2 losses to Mangini and the Browns.