" time for jets to think about....2013 " ~ ~ ~
Time for Jets to think about 2013
The 2012 season is over for the New York Jets. The New England Patriots made sure of it with a 49-19 blowout victory over New York on Thanksgiving night at MetLife Stadium.New York embarrassed itself with a comedy of errors, particularly during the 35 unanswered points by New England in the second quarter. The Jets dropped to 4-7 and their playoff chances are reduced to virtually zero.
From this point forward, it's time for the Jets to start thinking about 2013.
New York still has five games left, but this is the start of a lengthy self-evaluation process for next season.
Here are the questions New York should consider :
Who is the quarterback ?
It is clear that Mark Sanchez is not the long-term solution. Sanchez had four years to prove he is a franchise quarterback and is regressing. He is 12-15 as a starter the past two seasons.New York must figure out in these final five games if Sanchez deserves to be the starting quarterback for a fifth year in 2013. Popular backup Tim Tebow is on the roster, and Jets fans are calling for Tebow to get a shot. At 4-7, it may be wise for New York to see what it has in Tebow.But contractually for the long haul, the Jets may be stuck with Sanchez. He has a lot of guaranteed money next year with his recent contract extension. Going in a different direction would be horrific for New York’s salary cap and the bottom line.This is a difficult decision for the Jets because Sanchez is not getting better. He is an average quarterback, at best, who can only thrive when everything is going well around him. If Sanchez remains the starter, the Jets could go through many of the same issues on offense next year.
Who stays and who goes ?
Sanchez is contractually strapped to the Jets next season. But the Jets have several veteran free agents they can let go. Pending free agents like starting tailback Shonn Greene, tight end Dustin Keller and safeties LaRon Landry & Yeremiah Bell are all playing out the final five games of their contracts.New York does not have a lot of cap room next year. Therefore, the Jets have a lot of decisions to make on veterans and whether they will stick around after this season.The Jets are an older team that was built to win now. But they latched onto veterans too long and it's time to get younger and faster. A lot of players are auditioning for jobs in New York in the final month of the season.
Do Jets have the right GM and coach ?
Jets owner Woody Johnson said a week ago that he didn’t sign up for 3-6. Well, the boss certainly didn’t sign up for a 30-point loss at home to their biggest rival on national television.The Jets looked like the "Bad News Bears" at times Thursday, and that reflects on the coaching staff that prepared the team and the front office that put the team together. New York is a roster without much speed or depth, and that’s on general manager Mike Tannenbaum. The Jets also haven’t been well coached at times this year, and that’s on Rex Ryan.I believe Ryan and Tannenbaum deserve another year. But performances like Thursday in a big game make this pair hard to defend.Johnson will be watching closely how the Jets play in the final five games, and that could directly impact the future of New York’s head coach and general manager.It's going to be a long five games for the Jets. But this team has a lot more questions than answers, and this is the time to start searching for solutions.
Drive of the game : Sanchez INT
The situation : It was a scoreless game when the Jets took over at their 30-yard line with 10:05 remaining in the first quarter. This was 10 minutes before disaster struck. The Jets still had visions of an upset.
The outcome : Despite facing the league's 30th-ranked pass defense , the :steamin: Jets were determined to run the ball :dunno: against the Patriots. And they got off to a good start, rushing five times for 30 yards on this drive. It was power running, with Shonn Greene banging between the tackles. On second-and-6 from the Patriots' 23, coordinator Tony Sparano removed his tight ends and used a "20" personnel package -- two RBs, three WRs.Jeremy Kerley, in the right slot, ran an in-cut. Nickel back Kyle Arrington played a leverage that forced Kerley to the inside, likely part of an elaborate "trap." Sanchez probably thought the Patriots were in Cover-2, assuming backside S Steve Gregory was cheating toward Clyde Gates on the left. But Gregory recognized Kerley's route and came up to the middle of the field. Sanchez never saw him.
The impact :
Gregory, who had a monster game, made the interception at the Patriots' 15, killing the Jets' first and only legitimate scoring threat -- while the game still was competitive. It was the fifth time this season that Sanchez committed a turnover in scoring territory.
This time, it was a harbinger in a night that will live in infamy :bigcry:
A Crack in Jets' Game Plan ( ~ ~ i think there's more than a few folks w/ the jets that have at least one crack in their HEAD ~ ~ )
With less than six minutes left before halftime of a game that Jets coach Rex Ryan would call "a nightmare," a chant went up from the few fans who hadn't yet made for the nearest MetLife MET +1.19% Stadium exit. The chant was a single repeated word—"Tebow"—and it began again later in the Jets' 49-19 loss to the Patriots, too. But Tim Tebow never took the field Thursday night, not on offense, not on special teams, not once.What those fans didn't know, and what Ryan himself didn't know until Tuesday, was that Tebow had fractured two ribs in the Jets' 28-7 loss in Seattle on Nov. 11. Though Tebow had been listed on the team's injury report as "questionable" for Thursday's game with a rib problem, he and Ryan didn't publicly reveal the full nature of the injury until after the game had ended, raising questions about whether the Jets had left themselves shorthanded in the most important game of their season.While keeping Tebow on their active roster against the Patriots, the Jets de-activated their third-string quarterback, Greg McElroy. Had starter Mark Sanchez left the game for any reason—and it looked like he might when he collided with teammate Brandon Moore in the second quarter—the only available replacement would have been Tebow, who had two broken ribs and has not run an offensive play as a conventional quarterback in the Jets' offense. (He has functioned instead as the team's "Wildcat" quarterback.")
Ryan said in a conference call Friday that he had considered activating McElroy for the game. But Tebow had practiced every day after the Seattle game, and because the Jets' medical officials had cleared him to play and he had told Ryan he wanted to play, Ryan elected to keep him on the active roster."If they thought he could be in serious jeopardy to himself and all that, then he never would have been activated. He never would have been cleared to play," Ryan said. "Mighty men play this game. And there are guys who play where some people wouldn't even think about stepping on the field. In this case…he could have played in that game. He absolutely 100% could have played in that game."Curiously, though, Ryan also said that he did not plan on playing Tebow against the Patriots unless he "absolutely had to," going so far as to tell offensive coordinator Tony Sparano and special-teams coach Mike Westhoff not to use Tebow without grave cause. Even Tebow himself told reporters early Friday morning that the broken ribs had been hampering his breathing and that he wanted to suit up "to be there for my teammates in case they needed me in an emergency situation."
In a sense, the Jets have kept Tebow encased in glass all season. He has participated in a mere 68 offensive plays for them, and his lack of playing time accounts for why the true severity of his injury went unnoticed for 10 days. He played 10 snaps against the Seahawks and, according to a timeline of events provided by the Jets, told the team's trainers after the game that his ribs were sore. X-rays of the ribs were negative, and he continued to practice daily.But he was on the field for just three snaps against the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 18, and by Tuesday morning the soreness in his ribs had intensified. An MRI and a CAT scan that night revealed the fractures.Tebow, who according to the Jets declined to receive a pain-killing injection Thursday, was unsure whether he had worsened the injury by practicing for a week following the Seattle game, and he didn't know whether he would miss subsequent games. The Jets don't play again until Dec. 2, when they host the Arizona Cardinals.
"I hope not," Tebow said. "I was ready to go [Thursday] if they needed me. Obviously, it was not ideal."
Video : Are the Jets done ?
Sunday Morning Quarterback : A five-point plan to help Woody Johnson revitalize the NY Jets, who haven't won a Super Bowl in more than 40 years
Johnson can take the easy way out and fire Rex Ryan and start over with his fifth coach since he bought Gang Green, but that would be a panic move
Woody Johnson spent $635 million for the Jets in 2000 and, according to Forbes, they are now worth $1.284 billion. That means he has doubled his money. Good for him. But the Jets still are ringless for more than 40 years and their meltdown against the Patriots has brought back memories of the Kotite Years. The Jets need a new game plan to get this mess resolved going into 2013.
So, it I were Woody Johnson I would implement this five-point plan :
RELATED : AFTER TURKEY DAY DEBACLE, JETS MUST WIN OUT
1. Not Fire Rex Ryan
Johnson can take the easy way out and fire Ryan and start over with his fifth coach since he bought the Jets, but blowing up the franchise’s infrastructure by getting rid of Ryan would be a panic move.What the Jets need in the head coach’s office right now is continuity, not another startup project.It’s been an ugly 12 months for Ryan, that’s for sure, with the Jets losing their last three games in 2011 to finish 8-8 and not make the playoffs, and going 4-7 this year, meaning they have won only four of their last 14 games. The only positive for the Jets: their last five games are against the Cardinals, Jaguars, Titans, Chargers and Bills, who are a combined 17-33. As bad as those teams are, all but the Jaguars have better records than the Jets.This is Ryan’s first disaster season in his four years with the Jets. If he had not made the AFC Championship Game his first two years and had the Jets in contention last year, then Johnson would be justified firing Ryan after what looks like an irrelevant December with lots of empty seats coming up. In fact, he would have been justified getting rid of him after the 49-19 beatdown put on them by the Patriots on Thanksgiving Night in front of a national television audience with the season on the line. Johnson had to be humiliated.The Giants came close to firing Tom Coughlin after his third season in 2006, and he only kept his job when he promised to treat players with compassion and not as nameless and faceless numbers. He was also forced to outline a plan how he was going to get Eli Manning straightened out. The decision by the Maras and Tisches to keep Coughlin worked out well. He has won two Super Bowls in the last five seasons. Back in the Cowboys’ early years when fans were demanding Tom Landry be fired, owner Clint Murchison gave him a 10-year contract extension.Of course, I’m not suggesting Johnson give Ryan an extension. He did that after his first season in 2009. He just needs to give him the 2013 season before making a decision to fire or extend him. Coaches rarely go into the last year of their contracts. Ryan’s contract runs through 2014 and he makes about $3 million a year. There’s no way Johnson is going to write Ryan checks for $6 million for not coaching his team when the Jets restructured guard Matt Slauson’s contract in the summer just to save $258,000.Ryan’s locker room has not revolted against him as Coughlin’s did in 2006. The players love playing for him. The problem is the quality of the personnel has deteriorated since Ryan arrived and he certainly shares in the blame. But he deserves the chance to come back next year.
2. Hire A Personnel Expert With Final Say
Johnson is comfortable with GM Mike Tannenbaum running the football operations. Tannenbaum is a smart guy: He went to law school and has a complete understanding of the salary cap. His strength is negotiating contracts and being extremely organized. He has surrounded himself with a personnel staff that he trusts, but too many decisions have not worked out. The Jets need to hire a personnel whiz who can do for Tannenbaum what Jerry Reese did for Ernie Accorsi with the Giants before Reese was promoted to GM. Tannenbaum needs to relinquish final say on personnel — that’s often semantics because most decisions are made by consensus — while retaining his other responsibilities. But something must change: The Jets selected Stephen Hill in the second round this year and he can’t catch. That’s not a good thing for a wide receiver.
3. Find Real Competition For Mark Sanchez
Once the coaches saw Tim Tebow in practice, and he’s well known as being an awful practice player, Sanchez’s job was never in jeopardy. The Jets need to create an open competition in training camp next summer by signing a veteran free agent, making a trade or drafting a quarterback. The only starting quality QB who will be a free agent is Joe Flacco and the Ravens will surely franchise him if they can’t work out a deal. Philly’s Michael Vick is somebody to at least think about a bit. He’s due to make $16 million in 2013 and it’s hard to imagine Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie paying that kind of money. And with Andy Reid surely getting fired, Lurie may elect to start over at quarterback, too. Even when he’s healthy, Vick has not played well this season. The Jets may be able to get him at severely reduced dollars, but he may not be worth creating another distraction at quarterback.Sanchez is virtually guaranteed to be with the Jets in 2013. When they extended his contract as a kiss-and-make up move after they courted and were rejected by Peyton Manning, his new deal gets him $8.25 million guaranteed next season. Unless the Jets are willing to eat all of the money and cut Sanchez, or swallow a good chunk of it in a trade, then he will be back. Sanchez has been sabotaged by the worst group of skill position players in the league and that was true even before Santonio Holmes was lost for the season in the fourth game.
4. Dump Tony Sparano
He’s a bad fit as the offensive coordinator and a big mistake by Ryan. Woody should have hired Todd Haley, who came in for an interview. Haley was hired by the Steelers, instead. Sparano’s background is as an offensive line coach. When the Dolphins ran the Wildcat in 2008 in the first of Sparano’s four years as head coach, it was not his offense. It was devised by QB coach David Lee. Sparano’s play-calling is archaic. He is a ground-and-pound coach in a passing league. Three offensive coordinators in three years will not be good for Sanchez, but he has regressed in Sparano’s system.
5. Say Goodbye To Terrible Tim
The Jets have to trade or cut Tim Tebow after the season. It’s the right thing to do for the team and for him. Johnson said the decision to trade for Tebow belonged to Ryan and Tannenbaum and was not his way of selling more PSLs or hot dogs. But if the coaches wanted him, why aren’t they playing him? Just being who he is and not because of anything he has said or done, Tebow has been a huge distraction. The reward has not come close to justifying the risk. The Jets surely know that by now.
Even with all the tumult during the Ryan era, the Jets have 36 victories, including the playoffs. The Giants have 37. They’ve each won four playoff games. The difference, of course, is the Giants added another ring to their collection while the Jets keep adding more sideshows to the circus.
PLAX CAME BACK
One of the reasons Jerricho Cotchery forced his release from the Jets in training camp last year was because of Plaxico Burress. He was tired of the Jets first bringing in Braylon Edwards, then Holmes and finally Burress ahead of him. So, it’s ironic that Cotchery’s broken ribs suffered in the Steelers loss to the Ravens last week led to Pittsburgh signing Burress, their first-round pick in 2000 who had visited Pittsburgh after the lockout ended in the summer of 2011 before signing with the Jets. Burress has not played this season and his only visit was to New England during training camp. The Steelers signed him just for the remainder of the season for the prorated share of the $925,000 veteran minimum, so he’s going to be extremely motivated to show that he’s got something left so he will get a contract in Pittsburgh or elsewhere for 2013. “It’s good to be back,” Burress said…If the Steelers don’t get Ben Roethlisberger back soon, they are not going to make the playoffs. Third-string QB Charlie Batch starts Sunday against the Browns with No. 2 Byron Leftwich out with a rib injury. Batch has thrown 208 passes in 11 years with the Steelers after coming over from the Lions.
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The Jets (4-7) are on the brink of another lost season following another lopsided defeat Thursday night. They're in a predicament that several players who have been in that locker room in recent years attribute to an overall lack of discipline -- plus a sense of entitlement furthered by contracts loaded with guarantees and specific language that in essence binds players to the team regardless of how they act and how poorly they perform.Coming off a 49-19 defeat at home to New England on Thanksgiving, questions continue to swirl about the future of coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum, and several NFL executives who have surveyed the Jets' 2013 salary-cap situation, contractual obligations and locker-room culture believe it will be difficult for any new coach or general manager to quickly turn the team around if there is a new regime in place this offseason.
Guys love playing for Ryan, according to several players with the Jets in recent years. Still, they maintain there is not sufficient discipline and deterrents in place throughout the organization to eliminate the kind of chemistry and inter-personnel problems that have plagued the team the past two years. And players are further empowered and emboldened, the former Jets said, by a roster short on talent and depth to push for starting spots as well as a bevy of recent contracts that, in the cases of a malcontent like Santonio Holmes or a slumping veteran like Mark Sanchez, preclude the team from cutting them.Holmes is due $7.5 million guaranteed in 2013, for skill, cap and injury. That means that if the Jets part with him, he is still owed that money (Holmes had similar language in his deal for 2012, which prevented the Jets from being able to cut him after his meltdowns led to their rapid descent down the stretch). Sanchez is due $8.25 million fully guaranteed in 2013 (and then makes another $500,000 in workout bonuses from being on the roster). Furthermore, according to sources with knowledge of the contract, there are no offsets in the contracts -- so the player, if released, could earn a full salary from the next team that signed him -- and the contract language dictates that if they are released, they must be paid the full amount they are owed within 30 days. In many cases there is offset language in such contracts and guaranteed payments can be spread out over a much more lengthy period of time.
Also, the Jets owe corner Antonio Cromartie $4.75 million guaranteed in 2013, David Harris has $9.5 million of his $10.9 million salary guaranteed. Sources who have studied their contract situation expect Bart Scott and Calvin Pace to be among those not back next season, regardless of who is making decisions there, but the restrictive contract language will limit other options. The Jets project to be over $20 million over the 2013 cap, sources said.And, in what could be the biggest issue for the team in the offseason, their best player, corner Darrelle Revis, will be coming off of season-ending ACL surgery and seeking a contract extension, as his previous deal was constructed with an eye toward re-negotiating in 2013. With ACL injuries becoming less significant to overcome these days (see Adrian Peterson), don't expect the injury to deter the demand for a new contract with the top defensive players in the NFL earning $15 million a season or more since Revis signed his deal in 2010. Revis is set to earn just $3 million in base salary and $3 million in bonuses in 2013.
Thursday night perpetuates for the Jets ?
What then ?
What does Jets owner Woody Johnson do if what already has been a categorical failure of a season continues to get worse ?
Does he put another Band-Aid on the program and find a minor scapegoat as he did last year when offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was asked to leave? Or does he make major changes and blow up the entire operation ?
Johnson wants to keep head coach Rex Ryan, and he should. Continuity counts in the NFL. Look at the most successful franchises in the league — the Patriots, Steelers, Giants and Packers, to name a few — and see how often they change head coaches.
REX FILES : Rex Ryan’s job seems to be safe, but if the Jets’ woes worsen, owner Woody Johnson may consider replacing his head coach with a candidate such as Sean Payton or Chip Kelly.If Johnson does opt to change coaches, his first call should be to Sean Payton.The likelihood of Payton coming to the Jets is not great because he is most likely to return to the Saints once his suspension from the “Bountygate’’ is complete. And if he does not return to New Orleans, Payton landing in Dallas, where he was an assistant and still has ties to owner Jerry Jones, would seem like the next logical step.But if Johnson is seeking a new head coach, check first with Payton, not only because he is a proven winner but because the Jets have not hired an offensive-minded head coach since 1990, when they brought in Bruce Coslet to replace Joe Walton.Every head coach the Jets have hired since Coslet has, for the most part, come with a defensive background: Pete Carroll, Bill Parcells, Al Groh, Herman Edwards, Eric Mangini and Ryan.
The NFL is an offensive league now. Prolific offenses win championships more often than defenses do.
If Johnson wanted to opt for a high-risk-high-reward candidate at head coach, he could look into Chip Kelly of the University of Oregon.
Kelly is regarded as a coach who would succeed in the college-to-pro transition because of his organizational skills and creative offensive mind, but he has been a head coach for just four seasons at the collegiate level.
Kelly turned down the Buccaneers job last offseason, but will be pursued by an NFL team again after this season.
Another fascinating possibility is Bill O’Brien, a former Bill Belichick assistant who has done an amazing job at Penn State in the post-Joe Paterno era. The likelihood of O’Brien leaving Penn State after just one season, however, is low.
Should Johnson opt to keep Ryan, which he likely will, he should insist on replacing offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, who has been an abject failure as Schottenheimer’s replacement.
With the struggling Chargers likely to fire head coach Norv Turner, the Jets should bring him in as offensive coordinator because he excels as a coordinator but struggles as a head coach.
What Johnson will do regarding general manager Mike Tannenbaum is compelling. By all accounts, Johnson likes Tannenbaum running the football operation and surely does not want to flat-out fire him.
Tannenbaum is a good man who has done good things for the organization. But based on his recent drafts and player personnel decisions, which have left the roster without enough depth or skill-position talent, it seems the Jets need someone else having final say on personnel.
That could mean reassigning Tannenbaum in the organization (remember, Tannenbaum got the GM title when Terry Bradway was moved to the scouting department) to handle the player contract end of the operation, which always has been his strength, and finding someone else to pick the players.
Should Johnson remove final say on personnel from Tannenbaum, there are several candidates with strong personnel backgrounds.
49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble, who used to work for the Jets and knows the market, has been a scout, a coach and has been involved in contract negotiations.
Another interesting possibility is Eric DeCosta, the Ravens assistant GM, because he has worked closely under general manager Ozzie Newsome, considered by many one of the best talent evaluators in the league. It would not be easy to pry DeCosta away: He is viewed as the imminent replacement for Newsome whenever Newsome retires, and his wife is from Baltimore.
An outside-chance candidate is former Jets tight end and scout Brian Gaine, who is the Dolphins’ director of player personnel and has been paying his dues in the league, also having worked for Parcells.
w/ the contracts/cap issues....it might not be till 2014 :bigcry:
Clarifying the '13 cap situation
For some reason, the story of the Jets' cap situation for 2013 has gained momentum in recent days, fueling the perception that the team is headed for salary-cap hell. While it's true that the Jets are projected to be about $20 million over the cap in '13, it's important to understand the full scope of the situation.They can get under the cap in a heartbeat. If they cut LB Bart Scott, OLB Calvin Pace and OT Jason Smith, they will clear nearly $28 million. Smith has an inflated cap number because of a $12 million roster bonus, which, of course, he never will see.So these stories have been blown out of proportion. The problem with the Jets' cap is they have a lot of money tied up in only a few players. In fact, they have seven players with a combined cap total of about $80 million. That means about $45 million for the other 46 players.
Here are the Jets' big seven, all of whom are expected to be back in 2013 :
LB David Harris -- $13 million
QB Mark Sanchez -- $12.9 million
WR Santonio Holmes -- $12.5 million
CB Antonio Cromartie -- $10.8 million
LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson -- $10.7 million
C Nick Mangold -- $9.1 million
CB Darrelle Revis -- $9 million
Report : Jets searching for Tannenbaum replacement
The Jets are already searching for general manager Mike Tannenbaum’s replacement, according to a report, but he still may stick around.CBS reported yesterday the Jets have begun reaching out to potential GM candidates, one of which is reported to be Mike Maccagnan, the Texans’ director of college scouting, while also exploring ways to keep Tannenbaum in the organization in a different role.
The report said Jets owner Woody Johnson would like to keep Tannenbaum around as a salary-cap expert and contract negotiator.According to league sources, such a move is highly unlikely. Many general managers have a clause in their contract preventing such a demotion. Also, people around the NFL are skeptical if anyone would take the GM job if Tannenbaum is still there. It will be hard to evaluate personnel and contract decisions with the guy who signed the contracts down the hall.
Johnson declined comment last week after the Titans game, saying he would speak to reporters after the season is over.* A day after the Jets tied a franchise record by allowing 11 sacks, coach Rex Ryan was still trying to figure out what went wrong.“That’s as poor as I can ever remember as far as the pass protection was concerned,” he said.The Jets finished one sack shy of the NFL record and matched the team record, which was set Oct. 4, 1987 by a group of replacement players during the NFL strike.
“You get sacked 11 times there are a multiple of things,” Ryan said. “Yes, the offensive line, you can say that wasn’t up to our standards without question. The blitz protection, which we’ve done an outstanding job of with our backs, wasn’t as strong as what we’ve done in the past. Even the drops by Greg [McElroy] could have been a little cleaner.”
* Former Jets defensive lineman Trevor Pryce wrote a blog entry for the New York Times that said Ryan’s biggest shortcomings as a coach are that he is too loyal and too nice. Ryan responded yesterday.“I think the world of Trevor,” Ryan said. “Am I loyal? Yeah, I think without question I am a loyal person. I think that’s a positive trait. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to be a nice person, as well. I think I’m plenty tough when it comes to making tough decisions.”
* Of the Jets’ six skill position starters on offense Sunday, only Shonn Greene was in the opening-day lineup. Two of the players — Braylon Edwards and Lex Hilliard — were not even on the roster at the start of the year. ... The Jets waived WR Mardy Gilyard.
Along with the expected front office reshuffle
Revis and Ferguson.
This happened weeks ago. 6-10 here we come. Next season will be just as crappy or even worse.
Add Pro Bowl to reasons Jets FS Landry won't come cheap
The safety position was a serious priority for the Jets last offseason, and they shored up the position with veteran additions Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry. Landry, specifically, has been very impressive, and injury-free. He is set to start all 16 games for the third time in his career, and first time since 2008.
Landry, who has 95 tackles, seven pass defensed and a career-high four forced fumbles this season, earned a Pro Bowl nod, and keeping the safety for 2013 may not be easy, or cheap.Last week, Landry told the New York Daily News that he would not take a hometown discount. “I love this organization. I love them for giving me an opportunity,” he said. “But at the end of the day, I’m going to sit down with my agent and my family and make the best business decision.”
Landry’s 2012 salary is $3.5 million, and the expected franchise tag number for safeties, per NFL.com, is $6.798 million. Landry cannot be franchised because of a clause in his contract, but the franchise-tag figure may be in the range of what his asking price will be.One daily observer singled out Landry as a player the Jets would definitely want to keep among their impending free agents, which include starters Matt Slauson and Dustin Keller. One thing that may work in the Jets’ favor is Landry’s injury history, that could keep other teams from breaking the bank for him.
Jets changes : Here are some possibilities
-- With only a few days left in a bitterly disappointing season, the New York Jets are bracing for changes.This is what happens when a team misses the playoffs two years in a row, when a team loses 12 of its last 18 games.
Jobs are on the line.
Rex Ryan, who has two years and about $6 million remaining on his contract, appears safe. Owner Woody Johnson is fond of Ryan and apparently wants to give him another chance to right the franchise, which reached the cusp of the Super Bowl in 2009 and 2010.
Will Rex Ryan and Norv Turner join forces next season ?
Ryan's boss, general manager Mike Tannenbaum, isn't on solid ground. The Jets are exploring the possibility of hiring a GM who would agree to keep Ryan for at least one season, according to league sources. Obviously, that would limit the pool of candidates.One possibility is Joey Clinkscales, the Oakland Raiders' director of player personnel. Obviously, Clinkscales is familiar with Ryan. He's a former longtime Jets scout who spent five seasons as the vice president of college scouting, leaving last May to join the Raiders' front office.
The Jets tried to retain Clinkscales, but he opted to let his contract expire, becoming a free agent. It would be unusual, returning only eight months later, but perhaps the lure being the top football man in the organization would sway Clinkscales.Tannenbaum could be re-assigned to another job in the front office. It's unconventional, but the Jets have done this before. In 2006, Tannenbaum replaced Terry Bradway as the GM, with Bradway remaining in the personnel department.The Jets are sending feelers around the league, researching potential GM candidates, a source said. Another name that popped up is Baltimore Ravens senior personnel assistant George Kokinis -- another person with past ties to Ryan, a former Ravens assistant. Kokinis also served as the Cleveland Browns' GM.
“Ryan needs to just coach the players and let someone help him build a roster, not just a defense,” one league source said.Ryan also could be looking for an offensive coordinator to replace Tony Sparano, whose days appear numbered. At least two names are on the radar -- San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner and former Ravens coordinator Cam Cameron, according to sources.Turner, who beat Ryan last Sunday, is expected to be fired. During the run-up to last week's game, he told reporters he wants to stay in coaching and would be interested in coordinator positions. Cameron was fired recently by the Ravens; he and Ryan worked on the Baltimore staff in 2008.
In one year under Sparano, the Jets have plummeted to 30th in total offense. The Tim Tebow debacle -- the failure to find a consistent role for him -- will go on Sparano's record. He also was undermined by injuries to starting wide receivers Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill and tight end Dustin Keller.Sparano has declined to comment on his job security, but he believes the offense has potential in 2013 with a healthy cast."What I am as a coach ... is for somebody else to evaluate -- and, obviously, there are a lot of people evaluating me," he said, alluding to critics. "All that being said, I think when we had those pieces, which wasn't very long, I thought we were getting really close to where we needed to be."
In fact, the three players played only two quarters together -- in Week 1.
Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine also has an uncertain future, with reports surfacing last week that he rejected a contract extension early in the season. He declined to discuss his contract, but he said he hopes to remain with the Jets.One coach who won't be back is special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff, 64, who is retiring after three decades in the NFL."I've been here 12 years, that's a long time,” Westhoff said. "It's time for me to go. Every coach has a shelf life. Sometimes change is a good thing."
Make no mistake, there will be a lot of changes around the Jets.
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