The Neil Glat factor
Now there are reports that GM candidates are getting nervous about having to deal with Neil Glat on football matters. This after concerns that the new GM will have to contend with Rex Ryan on football matters.
It seems that Woody Johnson is such a weak owner--let's face it, the guy is a gerbil--that his immediate underlings are free to make power plays in the Jets hierarchy.
Is Glat the Jets' new Steve Gutman?
The New York Post recently speculated over Glat’s involvement in football matters and how Jerry Angelo — fresh off a stint as Bears’ general manager of mayhem — has hobbled into the lead for the job.
But there’s another factor that is, we’re told, contributing to the difficulties. There’s a concern that team president Neil Glat will be involved in the football operations. How involved isn’t known, but for traditional “football guys,” any involvement is too much involvement.
Typically, a G.M. has to deal with only one person: The owner. In New York, the G.M. will have a straight line or at a minimum a dotted line to Glat. And Glat, we’re told, has been asking esoteric football questions during the G.M. interviews.
Hit the nail on the head re: Woody. The man seemingly has very little conviction. He's a fan-boy of people who supposedly work for him. He comes across as weak-willed and just wanting to be liked/respected by those around him. Of course those two things are often times mutually exclusive. And in this case, he clearly has very little of the latter.
It breeds just the type of behavior you allude to. That's partially why there so many leaks and multiple agendas get to the point where they are reported upon publicly.
The fish rots from the head as the saying goes. And that's apropos here.
All that said though, the concept that no one wants the job is ridiculous. Unfortunately, the organization structure does make the job less appealing to the very best best candidates; as well as makes it difficult for anyone who gets the job to succeed.
I'm holding off judgement on Woody; we just don't see or hear enough from him to know how he runs things. Just because he gets a little nervous behind a microphone doesn't mean he's weak -- it might mean he's just not the Mark Cuban, Irsay rah-rah type when it comes to public speaking. Well he just canned his GM, can't be too weak
This has nothing to do w/how he appears in front of a microphone (although granted it is anything but strong).
Originally Posted by BamaJets
The proof is in how the organization is run. The leaks, the reactive pr strategy that never improves, and even how philosophical transitions are made.
For instance, when Mangini was here, the entire organization took on his personality. Now with Rex, it's the same thing. The truly buttoned-up and consistently successful franchises have organizational philosophies that their coaches and executives fit within and buy into. It permeates down from the top and everyone paddles in the same direction.
Woody seems to simply be all-in with a person or approach until he's convinced (doubtful that it's his own conviction) that it no longer works. So his response is to go in an entirely opposite direction. It's simple-minded thinking akin to "well, if the answer isn't white, it must be black. If it's not down, it must be up."
Credit where it's due: He's willing to spend to win. But simply spending with no plan doesn't result in sustainable success/stability.
And in regards to Tanny: His job was to listen to what Mangini/Rex wanted and find a way to make it happen/fit it under the cap, etc... It's a backwards power structure.
As a fan, I have to hope to this changes. But most likely, we'll continue to shuffle around in these 4-6 year cycles. The best case scenario is that we hit lighting in a bottle during one up the "up" periods and finally win the big one.
And there are NFL organizations that are run far worse than this one. But just take a look at the teams in the playoffs almost every single year and the most prevalent commonality is their organization structure/conviction. That all starts with ownership.