Originally Posted by DDNYjets
This team will never beat the Steelers, Ravens or 49ers. We just aren't tough enough.
it's such a vague measuring stick ... toughness. I think Mark Sanchez is good enough; as much as people criticize Rex Ryan, for most of his coaching tenure this team is coached well enough (... how easily we forget the Herman Edwards, Kotite, Coslet experiences)
The reality is we fall short of the Steelers, Ravens and 49er's because this team as a complete entity is not good enough, specifically, there is not enough talent on this team. Our drafting has been okay but not spectacular.
Each of those three teams you mentioned are significantly better than the Jets in one important factor, enough to mean that they are more likely to accrue more wins in a given season. The Steelers had some luck along with good drafting in selecting a QB good enough to carry a team. The Ravens in the past have been significantly overall better at drafting than the Jets (and like all good teams had some drafting luck along the way). The Niner's are very well coached and have accrued enough talent despite having average QB play.
The reason the Jets are on the outside looking in is talent. It's a team game, Darelle Revis cannot play right tackle, he can only cover so much of the defensive field. The Jets have drafted some decent football players but you need enough of them at enough positions to compete at the highest level.
Luck plays a role, it could be much worse - we could be Cleveland.
To me you have to take some chances in coaching and drafting. Two examples. I am sure many are glad I do not coach the Jets because I would not have kneeled down with thirty seconds on the clock before the half against a team like the Steelers. Sure it might have been intercepted and returned for a touchdown but we are not good enough to play a conservative game against a roster that has significantly better talent. My second example is the Redskins. I like what Shanahan did in drafting RG3. Of course it could have blown up in his face, but he realizes that he, Mike Shanahan as head coach has little to loose. Without drafting a significantly better QB, all the best coaching in the world will not get him back to the Superbowl. This was his last shot at steering his franchise back to where he might relive his glory days with Elway and he took it.