Then, the Rex Ryan era begins, and two straight title game trips commence. Great times are happening again through the world of the New York Jets. Then, 2011. We miss the playoffs once again. If you think about it, a blow up of ANYTHING really wasn’t needed. The Jets were 8-5 before losing the final three games. Overall, the offense didn’t have a terrible year, finishing 13th in the league in scoring that year. But, it wasn’t more consistent play the offense needed, we needed a new direction! Scapegoat time once again. Out goes Brian Schottenheimer, and in comes the clone of Rex Ryan, Tony Sparano. How did that work?
Practically the same offense that Mr. Schotty had at his disposal, dropped to a whopping 28th in the league in scoring in 2012. The regression of the offense was obvious to Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder. They couldn’t throw the ball, for most of the season they couldn’t run the ball either. The quarterback couldn’t find an open receiver with two hands and a flash light, and the running back couldn’t find a hole with a GPS. Otherwise, the offense had a fine 2012.
So, the knee jerk? The scapegoat? Matt Cavanaugh. Oh, don’t get me wrong. The guy deserves to be out the door, and it should have been done months ago. It almost appears at times that he is teaching Mark Sanchez to be bad, he has to go. It might even be too late to resurrect this quarterback. The offensive coordinator likely will be out the door as well. This too is a move that is necessary, but it also is a scapegoat of a move. Changing the leadership, once again, to get the offense moving.
We need to commit to getting better, not just knee jerk, scapegoat reactions. We need a guy that is going to step into the room, know what the problems are, and make them better. Not taking one guy out of his position, and making a radical change to get attention and spark the team. Consistent accountability for the problems, so they can be solved.
That’s what I want from my new general manager, whoever it ends up being. Accountability.
That’s all I want.