2012 New York Jets Postmortem
Well, that sucked. No other way to put it.
No shortage of responsabillity to throw around, top of the organization to the bottom.
Woody Johnson -- If it's true he forced the Tebow aquisition, it's unacceptable. If there was any pressure to aquire him or (worse) to play him against the coaching staffs wishes, it's unacceptable. We all know more is forced on teams by owners than we fans probably know or realize, but this move will go down in Jets history as one of the least considered, and least effective, at the QB position (or any position) in Franchise history.
Tanny -- As GM, he had to be strong enough to say no to Tebow is Ryan didn't want him, and the evidence seems to clearly show that Ryan did not want him. Worse, he bears primary responsabillity for drafting Mark Sanchez, and extending Mark Sanchez and thus tying us to a failed QB for another year.
Rex Ryan -- His loyalty to "his guys" is somethign than can be so good, or so bad, but it's turned out so bad. He stuck with Mark Sanchez far far longer than Sanchez's play warranted. This, above all else, is his failure and responsabillity, and the primary reason he will get fired, if he is.
Secondly, while he's provided us with a legitimate contender on Defense every year, his total abdication (seemingly) on offense, or worse, his pressure driving our O to be what it is, is inexcusable. He simply had to do more to make our O competative before this season, and clearly he did not. The many inexcusable errors in judgement, playing Tebow as he was played, staying with Sanchez, not using a more rotation-based RB committee till too late, etc, all are problems that cannot be tolerated.
Rex has certainly shown he can create and manage an elite defense, and I truly believe he's assisted in drafting and eveloping some great talent of Defense. We have a host of growing young talent (wilkerson, Coples, Ellis, etc) and have no doubt that if Rex is retained, our Defense will be good again next year. But the O is a total failure, again, as it's been almost every year under Rex's leadership, and a Head Coach cannot be so singularly one-sided.
Sparano -- My Dolphins Fan brother was right, he was horrific. Of course, there isn't mcuh he can do with Sanchez.
Mark Sanchez -- Put simply, he is the worst starting QB in the NFL the past four years, and I reject all the many many excuses now being bandied about to defend him.
He has no vision, routinely missing open recievers. He has no pocket presense, routinely sitting there till sacked regardless of protection. He fails to feel or see pressure, or to react to it by throwing it away. He is inaccurate to a degree unacceptable in the NFL. he is a living turnover machine, with over 80 turnovers lifetime, and over 50 the past two years. He is almost singlehandedly the cause for our failures in 2011 and 2012.
Worst of all, he is no leader, as his attitude on the field and off so clearly shows. He cannot rise to overcome adversity. He cannot handle even moderate competition. He is supremely easy to knock out of his game.
He must go, he must. He is utterly unsalvageable. If we had had even a moderate talent at QB, we're a playoff team in bioth 2011 and 2012, of that I have no doubt whatsoever.
The Rest -- I am aware of how unpopular this opinion is, especially now, but I do not believe we need to wholesale destroy the rest of this team. Yes, we're weaker at WR than we'd like to be, fine. But I truly believe our O-line is perfectly fine, our trio of backs is acceptable for winning games if used right, and our defense is absolutely fine as it is, with only minor/usual offseason changes and turnover.
The worst thing I can see coming is a complete changeover/rebuild, destroying this Defense. Soem weak attempt to salvage Sanchez due to previous bad fiscal decisions, and a spurging of draft picks on RB's and WR's that will not fix our problem. The result of such an overhaul is surely a Kotite-like season in 2013 and 2014 and then who knows what beyond.
If I were Woody Johnson, I would do the following:
A. I would bench Mark Sanchez, and start Greg McElroy the rest of 2012.
B. I would play all of my young talent full-time the rest of this season. veterans would be benched in favor of young draft picks and pre-season style heavy evaluation for 2013.
Then, in the offseason:
1. Demote Tannenbaum (or fire him outright if he refuses). And fire Terry Bradway. I would hire a more experienced player-personel General manager, there are a number fo possible chocies available at current, although all are somewhat old now.
2. Fire Tony Sparano. He failed.
3. Inform Rex Ryan that 2013 will be his final season if the Jets do not make a deep playoff run and a legitimate contender's season. Yes, despite his failings, I keep him one more year (horrificly unpopular, I know).
4. I would find a way, any way, to remove Mark Sanchez from my roster. If that could not be done, Mark Sanchez would be the listed #3 for the entire 2013 season, and would not be active unless our #1 and #2 were injured.
5. I would cut Tim Tebow at the end of the Season.
6. I would look for a strong, pro-offensive-minded O-Co/Asst. Head Coach to come in and fix our Offense. No tricks or twists, just good, solid, NFL-style football. It's fine to be a big fan of running the ball, but we must achieve a legitimate NFL passing Offense to win.
7. I would look to upgrade at QB, WR, RB, LB (especially pass rusher). I would look to trade Holmes if possible as part of this effort (I know, cap issues make this almost impossible, same as Sanchez).
8. I would go into 2013 with a more balanced run/pass, ball control offense, with a QB who is not prone to turnovers. A Pennington-esque style Offense even. I would retain the trifecta of Greene/Powell/McKnight, as I believe used correctly this trio can be productive on the ground. If I have to replace one, it's Greene.
These past two years have been some of the hardest to watch, not because we abjectly pathetic a la Kotite, but because we really had enough IMO to win games and compete, and it was all brought down by our supposed franchise QB, our stubborn and one-sided Head Coach, and the ongoing failure (now years old) on offense.
So blow it up, if thats whats needed. Fire Tanny. Fire Rex (even if I wouldn't). Absolutely get rid of Sanchez. But by god, please, try and keep that defense....it's all we have right now, it and our talent on O-line. Rebuild the Offense from the ground up as needed, based on the talent on that O-line first, and around what talent we do have.
I know some folks think this is teh best thing that could happen. I guess we'll see. Grass is always greener, and right now the grass on our side is brown and dead.
Disgusted still, even now the next day. /spit