Has Mike Tannenbaum Lost His Vision for the Jets Offense?

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May 24, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Demario Davis (49) during organized team activities at their training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Demario Davis will be quite the addition at the linebacker spot, some say the steal of the draft. The other safety they drafted, Josh Bush, has earned his stripes and will see time in nickel and dime packages as well. The defense got pressure without crazy blitzes, and when you talk about the addition of Laron Landry, there is a new sheriff in town. If he can stay healthy, nobody is going over the middle against this guy. Not without worrying about losing their head, that’s for sure.

But, what about the offensive side of the ball? Where is the vision to build the offense to the image that they have?

First, think about the offensive line. The Jets want to get back to their run first identity, this is no secret. The offense had no identity last year, and they need one. The running game was nowhere near as dominant as it was in the past under Ryan, and needed to get better in order to return to their previous success. But yet, the offensive line didn’t change at all from last year? The definition of insanity is repeating the same thing and expecting different results. Wouldn’t that be how the Jets handled the offensive line? Yes, they addressed the Wayne Hunter situation now, but what about six months ago? Was it news to Mike Tannenbaum that the Jets had a bad right tackle? If it was, I don’t know what game he was watching, because it sure wasn’t news to the rest of us.

And where is the depth on the offensive line? When Nick Mangold went down last season, it all fell apart like a house of cards for the Jets offensive line. The backup center was barely good enough to make a practice squad, and we aren’t even talking about Vladimir Ducasse. Dan Koppen was released by the Patriots, and would be a very able-bodied backup. But yet, he is not inquired about. Strange.

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  • Dean Barbella

    Good article, Allan! I’ve been crowing all off-season that “Trader Mike” is a One Trick Pony. He knows how to trade up to land picks like Sanchez, Revis, or Keller; yet, can’t separate the wheat from the chaff with mid-round picks like McKnight, or Powell – and can’t dig out those obvious late round diamonds in the rough, such as Vontaze Burfict (ASU ILB, now on Bengals 53 man roster) and Bryce Brown (Tenn RB, now on Eagles 53 man roster). Instead, us Jets fans see guys like Ganaway getting claimed off waivers, and the rest of our draft Cut and Pasted to the Practice Squad, so Mike Tannen-Bomb can have his “Mini Draft” landing more unfinished guys like Clyde Gates. Bottom line is Jets don’t have depth, because Tannen-Bomb doesn’t know how to draft. He a lawyer, handling player contracts, and not a player evaluator. First/Second round picks like Gholston, Vlad and Hill or very suspect Boom or Bust selections and our act of depth on offensive line and safety positions speaks for itself. Not solving the obvious RT starter position since last season’s debacle alone is grounds for dismissal! Sanchez doesn’t have time to throw! We don’t have ground and pound! It’s been a carousel at wide receiver! Time to cut bait with Tanny!!!