The 2012 New York Jets' season has self-destructed before our very eyes and a massive overhaul beginning at the roster and extending up through management is now a necessity for the Jets to compete at all in the coming years.
Rex Ryan and the Jets are reeling. Sure, the team is 2-0 in the division, but at 2-2 and coming off a 34-0 shellacking at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers, it looks nothing close to a competitor for the postseason.
Outside of not showing up against quality opponents, the Jets have now lost its two biggest playmakers on offense and defense. Cornerback Darrell Revis and wide receiver Santonio Holmes are both out for the season, which means both sides of the football will regress even more.
Let's examine how the Jets organization can begin a forward-thinking rebuilding mode in every aspect of the franchise.
Where to start on the offensive side of things? The Jets need a franchise quarterback and Mark Sanchez is not the answer. Even when Sanchez had solid options around him he was a middle-of-the-pack type of player.
New York needs to do everything within its power to find a legitimate starting quarterback, whether it be on the trade market or in the 2013 NFL draft. Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas comes to mind.
The Jets also need to find a running back in a hurry because Shonn Greene may be the worst starting back in the entire NFL. Opposing defenses don't fear him at all, and rightfully so given his complete lack of explosion or vision.
A great quarterback can fix everything, even if the weapons around him are sub-par. The Indianapolis Colts are at least competitive with Andrew Luck right now. The Washington Redskins broke the bank to pick Robert Griffin III and that is working out wonderfully.
The 2013 NFL draft class is a hefty one at quarterback. Doing whatever it takes to land one of the top prospects will turn things around quickly for Gang Green.
Head coach Rex Ryan is known as a defensive guru, but his defensive unit so far in 2012 has been anything but spectacular. As a whole, the unit is underwhelming, giving up 27 points per game.
The major issue for the defense at this point is lack of playmakers. There is simply no consistent pass rush, a problem the organization attempted to fix in last year's draft with defensive end Quinton Coples. So far it hasn't panned out.
To counter this utter lack of consistency in pressuring opposing quarterbacks, Ryan now has to bring blitzes consistently, which was a fine strategy when Revis was healthy. With Revis out for the year, this strategy is not longer a wise one.
The one redeeming quality about the defensive unit at this point is there are some talented players on the unit who may be attractive to other teams when the trade deadline rolls around.
If the Jets want to engage in a successful rebuilding mode (as they should), selling when the times is right is the smart move. Contending teams are likely to give up more than they should for some talented players such as linebacker David Harris, which would enable New York to find a franchise quarterback and young talent for both sides of the football.
Head Coach and Management
Rex Ryan has not exactly had the most talented roster to work with in the last few seasons and that is particularly the case in 2012.
At this point, the majority of the blame has to fall on General Manager Mike Tannerbaum.
Tannerbaum took over as the General Manager in 2006, and recently signed an extension through 2013. He may not make it that long if things continue as they have over his tenure.
Tannerbaum is responsible for picking high draft busts such as Vernon Gholston, Sanchez, Greene and Vladimir Ducasse, to name a few.
While Ryan is the likely candidate receive most of the blame this season as is the norm in the NFL, it's a safe bet to think Tannerbaum will finally receive some blame as well.
For a succesfull overhaul to take place, Ryan and Tannerbaum must receive the boot. Being a "player's coach" like Ryan simply is not working, especially in New York. Being a general manger who makes horrendous decisions is not working, either.
There is not a quick fix for the New York Jets. The team is missing important players at the most expensive positions, and also the most difficult positions to find quality.
Finding the proper head coach and general manager combo can be tricky as well.
The best move for the franchise at this point is to break the bank for a quarterback by any means necessary. The rest will follow.
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