the thing about lt is that he could also block on passing downs. so many times the backs just fail to pick up the blitzer or not block effectively. lt was also a great pass receiver.
For goodness sake,quit looking under every rock for the problem when it's steering us right in the face. The Jets took Mark Sanchez to 2 AFC championship games and we were not good enough to win either.He didn't take the Jets, The team took him.
The players were old going into those games and got older. Sanchez was supposed to take over where those guys left off and drag the new guys along with him.
He failed Miserably
He Is The Problem.
Mark Sanchez is the Problem.
The Niners are leading their division and have replaced their starting QB with someone who was on their roster but wasn't playing because the coaching staff didn't know what they had. The Jets are a losing team with a bad QB but won't even try anything else. It took an Injury for the niners to find out what they had. The Jet with their bad awful OL somehow manages to keep their miserable QB in every game. This mook won't even do the honorable thing and fake an injury.
Yes, the criticism of Tanny is more than fair. However, let's remember one important point too: after our 2nd AFCG we headed into the offseason with 17/18 free agents. Some very key to our success. We all knew that the Jets could not bring all of them back. The loss of some of those key contributors to our success in 2009 and 10 should not be overlooked.
In the AFC East.
The Miami Dolphins backup QB
In the NFC East
Tony terrible Romo
In the AFC west
In the NFC west
Sanchez is the problem.
The Jets roster is pathetic, completely devoid of talent at almost every position.
Tanny doesn't seem to think the OL is important. That's based on the moves he's made in the past.
In 2007, he refused to give Pete Kendall a measily 1 million extra (which is chump change in football terms) just because he felt compelled to make this point to the team. Well, the proof is what unfolded on the field. Tanny biting off his nose just to spite his face is exactly what he did with Pete Kendall. What's worse is he chose to go with Adrien Clarke as a replacement. Talk about monumentally BAD decisions? That was the worst. The Jets went 4-12 that season and it was primarily due to a severely underperforming OL.
Then, there's the decision to go with Wayne Hunter after Damien Woody retired. Hunter was always an underachiever, coaching him up never paid off. I'm a little reluctant to blame him for that decision as many thought resigning Hunter for starters money (including myself)was the wise decision in the short term.
Unfortunately, Tanny was banking on Ducasse to become the starting RT and that never panned out.
Then, there's also that he's been neglectful of the OL for most of the time he's been the GM. Besides 2006, he's always tried to strike gold in the late rounds on an OL. Jacob Bender anyone? Meanwhile passing up guys he could have had on the first day of the draft that would have surely kept the OL up to snuff. Of course he tried drafting Ducasse in the 2nd round in 2010, but he was a developmental player. I hate using 1st day picks on developmental players. NFL teams bank on yielding starters with their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round picks.
As everyone already knows, if you win at the LOS, odds are you are going to win the game. I wonder if Tanny understands that concept?
In 2010, we still had a very potent running game. Unfortunately, and the same is true today, the running game is the ONLY way we get the passing game going. Mark Sanchez has never been able to keep defenses honest and stay back in pass coverage. They've always sold out to shut down our running game because they do not believe Sanchez can beat them through the air. He's never been able to pass the ball enough to jump start a running game.
So good OL or not, it still can't help everyone. Mark sanchez is the biggest example.
Now we are beginning to understand the reasons why Tannenputz needs to go. He has done an abominable job evaluating talent and has let his ego get in the way of logic.
Where Tanny missed the boat was that not only did he not replace theses guys talent wise, the loss of guys like LT, Woody, Tony Richardson, Brad Smith, & Cotchery from the locker room may be just as important. The lack of leadership on this team is glaring.
Just because someone is a very good player does not make them a leader. Maybe just me, but i expected more from guys like Revis, DBrick, Harris, & Mangold.
Revis, Brick and Harris seem more like lead by example, quiet guys and Mangold appears to have regressed in the leadership dept. after looking as if he would become a solid one a few years back. Tanny definitely expected these guys, along with Sanchez, Scott, etc., to step up. But I don't think you can't force someone to be a great leader.
The Jets just don't seem to have enough natural leaders. Not even talking about Ray Lewis-types. Just guys who know when to say the right things and be a calming/firing up presence