Originally Posted by JetFreak89
O'Connor is the least biased writer of them all, if he is saying this it means something.
I really don't understand why people are so confused. It is damn near impossible to build a consistently Super Bowl worthy team without having a STRING of good drafts put together.
The last few years, the Jets have not been able to put together a string of good drafts.
In order to compensate for this, the Jets turned to FA signings to go for it all. The problem with that strategy is that it is very short term because the team operates under a salary cap.
The Jets went for it all from 2009-2012. We did not succeed. If Mark Sanchez would have turned into a franchise QB we MAY have been able to sustain some semblance of success. That didn't happen.
Now it is time to pay the piper. 2013-2014 will be correction years for going for it all in 2009-2012 and hopefully going forward we can string together a few good drafts to get us back on the right track.
People are right for saying Mark Sanchez cost Tannenbaum his job, but you can also point to the failed (and numerous) FA signings combined with the piss poor drafts.
Look no further than the SB contenders this year. Both teams are loaded with homegrown talent. Yeah, Boldin was picked up by the Ravens, and the 9ers picked up Smith and Rogers, but the stars on both sides are draft picks.
They use FA to supplement, not build a team. This is where Idzik has to differentiate himself.