The NFL Playoffs. An exciting time for fans of the few teams still competing and for fans that finally get to see what real football looks like. It’s also the time when coaches and GMs are getting hired and stating the ‘new direction’ they will be taking their team in. Unfortunately for my Jets, we don’t have a GM yet because running this team is a Mark Sanchez size black mark on their resume`.
Seriously. It has been reported that between the current roster, our cap situation, and our coaching situation potential GMs are turning down promotions and saying ‘thanks, but no thanks.’ David Caldwell even went so far as to turn down the Jets offer which included a reported $1 million housing allowance. Let that sink in for a moment…This man chose to go to a team that has drafted worse than the Jets, finished 2-14 last season, and has agreed to play home games in London because their attendance is so bad OVER the big market Jets AND a housing allowance in addition to a great salary. If that doesn’t give you an indication of how desperate this team is nothing will.
Whoever the Jets
coerce persuade to become GM will have a big decision to make regarding this team’s realistic chance of competing. Will he upgrade the roster as best as possible, get lucky in the draft, and improve the Jets to 8-8 for the next few seasons in hope of signing an extension? Probably. That is the safe bet, and that is the bet that makes Woody Johnson more money by keeping butts in the seats. It would, however, be the wrong choice.
For lack of better words this team needs to be blown up. This should include (as much as I hate to say it) trading Revis, Cromartie, and anyone else that can bring back draft picks. Before you call me crazy answer this question: Will the Jets win a Super Bowl in the next 3-4 years? The answer, undoubtedly is no. By the time the Jets have enough talent on this team their current ‘super stars’ will be past their prime. This team had their chance of players in their prime ready to win 4 years ago, but decided to trust that team with a rookie quarterback. Now it is too late. They need to let their young guys develop (although they don’t have many) and stockpile enough draft picks over the next 2-3 years to mold as a solid team one or two pieces away from being a contender. Only then will they be able to do what they’ve done up in New England-compete every year.
It would be a mistake to think that this team is a quarterback away from being a contender. With all due respect to Payton Manning and Tom Brady I don’t think even they would make this team a contender.
It might force Woody to look at more empty seats and declining profits but it is the only way to properly re-build.