Why Rex Ryan Isn't the New York Jets' Biggest Problem

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2012

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 04:  New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and team owner Woody Johnson confer during the Jets Rookie Minicamp on May 4, 2012 in Florham Park, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Rex Ryan needs to go after the 2012 season, but he's far from the biggest problem facing the New York Jets

The Jets biggest issues stem from being run by an ineffective general manager, Mike Tannenbaum. 

Tannenbaum has gradually stripped away any structure this team had in place, by making poor decisions in the NFL draft and in free agency since becoming the team's general manager in 2006. 

To be fair, it looked like Tannenbaum knew what he was doing at the start.

His draft choices in the 2006 and 2007 NFL Drafts were sound, and although the team's record went down the toilet in 2007, the team looked to have the right pieces in place to make drastic improvements in the years to come. 

Players like D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Leon Washington, David Harris and Darrelle Revis all came from the first two years of Tannenbaum's reign, and the future of the franchise seemed to be full of hope. 

Then, things slowly started to crumble from 2008 until now. 

Vernon Gholston, Dwight Lowery, Shonn Greene, Kyle Wilson, Vladimir Ducasse, Joe McKnight, Muhammad Wilkerson, Kendrick Ellis, Quinton Coples and Stephen Hill have all proven to be massive disappointments. 

And don't even get me started on Brett Favre and Mark Sanchez.

Tannenbaum traded a fourth-round pick for Favre in 2008 and then traded away a first-and-second-round draft pick in 2009, plus three players, to the Cleveland Browns to move up into the No. 5 overall slot to draft Sanchez—a moderately good quarterback with hardly any experience as a starter in college. 

Tannenbaum's poor drafting has decimated this team's chances at fielding a competent team the past couple of seasons. The team has no offensive line to speak of, no defensive line to speak of and absolutely no skill players on offense. 

The Jets can't run the ball, can't stop teams from running the ball and can't protect their quarterback. The entire roster is a mess, and although it's true that this team has taken some hits on the injury front, the way it has crumbled without its stars only proves Tannenbaum's incompetence all the more. 

Good teams have depth.

The Jets have none. 

The only thing left for owner Woody Johnson is to rip the Band-Aid off and clean out the infection that has been destroying his team for the past handful of years. 

Ryan must go, and so must Tannenbaum.

It's time to start anew. 


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