Under the Circumstances, Finding an OC Right Now is the Right Move

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Jan 8, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets owner Woody Johnson (right) and head coach Rex Ryan (left) review the 2012 season and address changes for 2013 at the New York Jets Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Remember when we were kids, and we would do our math problems, and the teacher would make us show our work? That was because even if we got the wrong answer, the teacher could give us partial credit based on the methods we used to get there. Why is that relevant right now? Because the way the Jets are handling things right now would be exactly the same thing.

The Jets have moved ahead with Rex Ryan at the helm, and searching for a general manager. We have heard that keeping Rex has been a pre-requisite for any general manager candidates, and that Rex will be involved in the selection process for that position. Is that the right thing to do, give your head coach the power to assist in picking his own boss? Probably not. A lot of people, myself included, see the significant possibility of this ending in disaster. But, that is what Woody and the Jets decided to do, so we move ahead.

The Jets also need an offensive coordinator. The Jets are moving ahead on that search as well, which is also causing a lot of people to talk, mostly negatively. People are surprised that the Jets are moving ahead with that search, without a general manager in place. It’s a valid point, a general manager is going to have some say in the staff for the coach, and they should be making those types of choices together. I agree, it is certainly unusual, and not the norm. Don’t let that bother you though, not much of what the Jets do is normal. But seriously, getting back to this issue of whether or not the Jets should be choosing an offensive coordinator without a GM in place. Normally I would agree this is a bad idea, but in this situation, it is absolutely the right move.

Why? It goes back to the situation with our math problems. The metaphorical “answer” in this case, is moving ahead with a coach, but no general manager. The odds are against this working out, there have been far more examples of this not working than there have been of it working. That being said though, we talk about “showing our work”, and we talk about the offensive coordinator. Turn the page and I will explain.

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