The New York Jets. How To Fix The Franchise.
How does Gang Green step out of a Giant shadow?
I say New York, and then you say the sports team associated most with it... Okay?
No... no... Let's try again.
Ugh... Seriously? Okay.
Waddaya think about those New York?
No... Okay, I've gotta spell it out.
J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS.
Well its understandable, I mean, it's been a while since Gang Green was a hot topic in a positive way in Gotham. There were the back to back AFC Championship appearances of 09-10, with the honeymoon phase of Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez and a bright, bright future.
Well, since then it hasn't been so bright. There's a light at the end of the tunnel, and you're driving the wrong way.
Lets face it, for a minute there, the Jets were essentially a more explosive version of the Ravens.
Young QB, good run game, experienced wide outs, and a great defense. In fact, in 2010, when the Jets marched down the field to steal a win from Peyton Manning and the Colts, they looked like they might be a contender for a while. Since then?
Sanchez has become a turnover machine, the wide-outs have been chased out of town, or ended up injured, and they can't seem to run the ball. Mark Sanchez has no protection and no targets. We can't even tell if he's a good QB anymore because his offense is so bad. And the defense? Revis is over-payed and wants out, and that's when he is healthy. The defense is getting old and honestly? Rex has lost his locker room. The players don't respect Rex anymore. And honestly... Who would.
You have a QB controversy between a QB who likes to throw the ball to the other team, and a QB who can't throw, period. Yeah, not a Tebow-bot.
But... I think I have a solution.
Step One. You aren't as bad as you've been playing.
The truth is, there is still some talent on this team... When healthy.
Santonio Holmes, Sione Pouha, Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold, Dustin Keller, David Harris, LaRon Landry, and Antonio Cromartie are all solid starters, and that isn't mentioning that some of their depth players really aren't all that bad. The Jets aren't necessarily a bad team. They have a great base to move forward. There are just key players that need to be replaced.
Step Two. The lights are on but nobody is home.
The coaching staff just isn't smart. Rex and his cute "exotic" blitzes are fun, but not really effective anymore. Brady, Manning, Rodgers, these guys have seen through it. You take those away, and it isn't like Rex has been brilliant. Like his father before him, his defenses are great as a coordinator, but thou shalt not win rings as a head coach. Fire the whole staff. Go after Jon Gruden, Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly, hell, even Bruce Arians from Indy, he's doing a good job. The Jets need some offense. They need something explosive and creative, fast. Find somebody solid as a DC. Nothing sexy or exciting, just something basic. Ken Norton, the LBs coach from Seattle is looking to get promoted next year, bring him in. And for the love of God? Get rid of Sanchez and Tebow. Tebow is never going to be the answer, and all he does is start controversy with your starter.
Step Three. Play safe, build on what you have.
There will be safe free agents next season. Matt Moore is a decent QB that you'll be able to get for a decent price. At running back, what about Rashard Mendenhall or Reggie Bush? Both seem to be unwelcome in their own facilities, and what would be sweeter for Jets fans than to pick up Wes Welker? There will be a couple of high profile wide-outs next year. Greg Jennings, Mike Wallace, and Dwayne Bowe will all be on the market and would love to play somewhere like... say... New York? Just build up with a couple solid signings and maybe a star or two and start building that way. Don't waste a high pick on a QB. Maybe take a shot at Ryan Nassib coming out of Cuse. Even if he never develops, he's a fun jersey for real New Yorkers to have.
You don't have to do a whole lot, but you do actually have to do it. Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez had two really fun years, but in the NFL, and especially in New York, it's not what have you done for me but what have you done for me lately. Two AFC Championship losses aren't what New Yorkers want. If you don't want to prevent them from becoming Giants fans. Clean house and move on.
Maybe then they won't call it "Giants Stadium" anymore.