Originally Posted by JStokes
Very fair post.
If they were going to trade up to take the guy--they should have made the WHOLE TEAM about him.
They basically threw the keys to an Indy car to a kid who just got his drivers license and said--"see ya in 4 years--we're going to go concentrate on our NASCAR cars, go win the Indy 500 kid".
I agree. The key is to make a decision about which way you're going, then commit 100% to that decision. The Jets never committed to Sanchez, and by not doing so, they hurt both the offense and the defense. The negative effect on the offense are obvious - no weapons, no true strenghts on that side of the ball. The negative for the defense is that the money committed to Sanchez could have been used to make the defense even better than it is.
So, where do we go from here?
Obviously, you play out this season with what you have and try to win as many games as possible. (I laugh at the ridiculous "tank the season", "cut this guy", "fire that guy" threads.) You try to play lights out defense, and you hope to catch lightning in a bottle on offense be it with Tebow running the Gimmick Cat, or with Stephen Hill suddenly blossoming...whatever. This year, you just hope to get lucky on offense.
Barring a complete disaster this season (4 or fewer wins), I'd probably commit to Rex Ryan for several more years. Not that I think he's a great head coach, but I think we have enough talent in place that you don't just scrap the whole program and bring in someone new.
If I commit to Rex, then I commit 100% to being a true smash-mouth football team. I pour my resources into the trenches and try to assemble the best offensive and defensive lines in football.
I shop Revis this offseason and try to get multiple high-round draft picks while he is at the top of his game. Yes, he is our best player. Yes, he is a hall of famer. Yes, he is one of the top 3 defensive players in the league. But, he's going to want at least $15 million per year and I never commit that kind of money to a cornerback. Ever. Again, I pour my resources into the trenches. If I can't trade Revis, I have to let him walk after next season.
I let Sanchez play out the next two seasons, then I let him walk - unless he is willing to stay for about 1/3 of what he's currently making. I bring in some journeyman QB who can manage a game.
I think if the Jets really committed to defense and building up the O-line, they could be legitimate contenders by 2014.
The other option would be to fire Rex and start all over with a whole new philosophy, but that would probably push contention out by another 2-3 years.