The non-attention to this passing game are obvious, and it has gone on through Mark Sanchez’s entire career. Not giving a quarterback his same weapons, or at least a majority of the same weapons, from year to year, is a recipe for failure. Yes, quarterbacks can make receivers better, but it’s a two way street. The passing game is about chemistry. The more time a quarterback spends with his receivers, the more effective they are going to be together. But what does Tanny do? Change at least one of his weapons every year, except for Dustin Keller. Makes sense. Or not.
For example, Braylon Edwards. He had wonderful chemistry with Mark Sanchez. He did have the dropsies every once in a while, but as we all know, that is all too commonplace in the NFL, but that is for another discussion. He and Mark had great chemistry, it was obvious to all of us that watched them play together. But Mike let him go. Yes, he was hurt last year, and hasn’t been used much in Seattle, but that is meaningless. When you have someone who is clicking in your offense, you do what you have to in order to keep him. Tannenbaum is an “expert” at the salary cap. Make it work.
Look at this year. They bring in Stephen Hill. A whole lot of talent within this young man, there is no doubt. Heck, there is a lot of speed. But, they are counting on him to be Mark’s number 2 threat, and THAT isn’t reasonable for a young player. With the group that they had, and not keeping Mark’s weapons together, the alternative would have been to bring in a talented veteran wide receiver that is reliable. They are still out there now. Greg Camarillo had his best success in the NFL with Tony Sparano. He would be a great fit, but Tannenbaum does nothing. Jabar Gaffney was available, Tannenbaum does nothing. Even at tight end, Kellen Winslow is available. He certainly would be a viable alternative as a receiving tight end, with Keller out. Tannenbaum again does nothing.
He brings in guys that are physically talented, but unproven, like Chaz Schilens. He played well on Sunday, but he has had such trouble staying on the field for his entire career. Heck, he DIDN’T see the field in the preseason were surprised he even made the team. And then this week, Jason Hill? Seriously? Is adding another journeyman, underachieving player going to be the difference in what helps Mark Sanchez succeed? How about Clyde Gates? Big factor that guy has been so far.
Thank your GM, fans! “Thanks Tanny!”
Mike Tannenbaum has basically written a textbook on how to ruin a young quarterback. He pays no attention to this offense, at all. Oh he makes a couple of moves, just to make moves. But to make it better? I just don’t see it. Is Mike Tannenbaum setting Mark Sanchez up to fail?
It sure is hard to say that he isn’t.