In just a few hours from now, we are going to hear from our owner, Woody Johnson, and from our head coach, Rex Ryan, marking the first time we have heard them speak since the end of the football season. We can hear them finally put a bow on the season, and get a glimpse to what the pair is thinking about as we head to the offseason. One thing we WON’T know, however, barring a late move on the Jets part, is who the GM is going to be. We might know it soon, but not quite yet, which will limit what we will be able to find out the team’s direction.
It got me thinking about the new GM. Whether it’s Tom Gamble, Dave Caldwell, or some other candidate that comes out to the front, my feeling is the same. We can talk all day long about what we want this GM to do as far as the roster is concerned. How will he handle the quarterback situation? What will his first draft class look like? How will he and coach Ryan build this coaching staff? We could go on and on. But, there is something more important than any of that. There is something that this organization has been lacking for a long time, and something a new man needs to bring with him. That something?
Accountability. It is an absolute need, from the top to the bottom of this organization. How do I mean? Really since Mike Tannenbaum was named the general manager, there has been a culture of scapegoating around the building. There has been the feeling that one special move, one splash is all that it would take to fix the team. Start it back at the end of 2007. The Jets finished Eric Mangini’s second season 4-12. Instead of this football team manning up and improving, they made one big move. Brett Favre. Forget that Chad Pennington actually did man up, and had his hardest working off season that year to actually get better. Nope, they felt that one move would change the whole thing. Chad was scapegoated, and in walked “Broadway Brett”. How’d that work out? They missed the playoffs again, Brett Favre used the Jets, and it cost Mangini his job.