The Jets offense is falling apart at the seams. They aren’t performing well, and it doesn’t seem like there is a light at the end of the tunnel at this point. For God’s sake, they have recorded 1 offensive touchdown over the previous two games. Instead of coming out of the New England game, which they played well enough to win, they have regressed and been several times worse than we expected.
So naturally, there has been a lot of talk about what to do, both short term, and long term. The obvious choice in the short term is to replace Mark Sanchez with Tim Tebow, which we have debated at length on here. There is also a lot of talk about Rex Ryan. Is he coaching for his job? What about Mike Tannenbaum? Should the Jets make a move to bring in a new GM next year? But there is another thing to consider, which I haven’t heard much talk about, at least not to the degree I am thinking. What about the offensive coaching staff? When I say the offensive coaching staff, I mean the ENTIRE OFFENSIVE COACHING STAFF. Let’s start at the top and work our way down.
TONY SPARANO-Here is one guy that has gotten a lot of grief, and deservedly so. Here is Tony, coming in for Schottenheimer, and he’s going to bring the Jets back to their physical offense. “The Jets will dominate with their rushing attack”, and things of that nature, are all we heard proclaimed from the mountain all offseason. Well, how has that worked out? The Jets are a whopping 16th in the NFL in rushing. We could have kept Schotty around to do that? This is the big physical attack we were all waiting to see? I think not. We can talk about the playcalling, we have done that already. What about the “wildcat”? We were supposed to be getting the mastermind of the wildcat. “He ran it with Pat White, imagine what he will do with Tim Tebow!” How often did we hear THAT? How has that worked out. PATHETIC! Not impressive out of Tony Sparano.
MATT CAVANAUGH(QB COACH)-We could talk all day about this guy? What possible reason could the Jets have for still employing this man? Does Cavanaugh have revealing photos on the Jets front office? He must, because that could be the only reason he has his job. He came in to the organization with coach Ryan, so this is is fourth season with the team. And…..the quarterback has gotten worse and worse! Mark Sanchez’s regression has to at least be partially blamed on Matt Cavanaugh. If you are assigned to coach a particular position, and the players in that position get worse and worse, that coach needs to go. This should be the first move made by the Jets, no questions asked.
MIKE DEVLIN(TE COACH)-If anyone on this staff should be considered to remain, it would be tight ends coach Mike Devlin. Despite the fact that Dustin Keller has been injured, the tight ends haven’t been terrible in 2012. Josh Baker was showing promise during the preseason before he was injured. Same for Cumberland, before he got hurt, he had his moments catching passes this year as well.
He has even gotten production out of a guy not too many people heard of before the Jets acquired him. Who hasn’t been at least partially impressed with Konrad Reuland, in the limited time that he has played? I know I expected a pure blocking tight end, and he has shown some decent hands in the receiving game as well. By and large, the tight ends have performed quite well, and Devlin deserves a lot of credit for that.
Turn the page and we will continue with the coaching staff.