However, in the NFL, it’s a “what have you done for me lately” business, and Mike has fallen short of late. The guy to the right is one of the biggest fails of his tenure. Vernon Gholston. I don’t really need to say more about the guy. Was going to be the guy to tear apart offensive lines, but he couldn’t learn the plays, so he is gone. He also picked a fullback on his coaches say-so, John Conner, who could not stick with the team in 2012. There have also been some questionable picks that the jury is still out on, such as Stephen Hill, and Vladimir Ducasse.
There were also the issues of depth that did him in. The issues last year on the offensive line when Nick Mangold went down were undeniable, but the Jets had no depth. In 2012, yes the Jets found Austin Howard, but we should all be relieved that the group stayed healthy, as there really was not much depth behind the starters. And this year, we all know the issues. Specifically the offensive issues. They were lacking in playmakers after Santonio Holmes went down. There were opportunities to help in season and Mike didn’t, so he is gone.
But remember, it doesn’t stop here. The GM choice is going to be crucial. Rex Ryan has been retained for next year, so far. Will the Jets be able to find a GM that will be able to accept that? Will a new GM insist on selecting their own coach? Rex will have to be a part of this process, as Rex will have to be able to be on the same page as the new general manager. This search must be handled with care, as it will determine the immediate future of the franchise.
The changes coming to the offense are crucial too. Will Rex continue with the “Ground and Pound” philosophy, or will a change be imposed on him by a new offensive coordinator? If they stick with “Ground and Pound”, will the new GM be able to build an offense in that mold?
Good start today, but a lot more work has to be done. A lot of crucial work. Stay tuned.