The New York Jets have to make vast alterations to their organization in order to return to relevance in 2013 and beyond.
We agonizingly witnessed them crash and burn in 2012, and despite technically being in postseason contention until Week 15, the lack of talent and general direction was mind-boggling for a team less than two years removed from consecutive berths in the AFC title game.
These are the five additions Gang Green must make this offseason.
Mike Tannenbaum must go.
He has failed at his job for the past two years, and his disorganized, almost illogical decisions have set up the New York Jets for future failure.
Where to start?
Mark Sanchez was inexplicably given a contract extension that guaranteed him over $20 million and 2012 and 2013 base salaries.
The right tackle spot wasn't addressed last offseason and neither was the need at wide receiver .
Sorry, Chaz Schillens doesn't count.
There needs to be a culture change in New York, and the Jets can start by letting Tannenbaum go.
Whoever is the Jets' starting quarterback in 2013 will need major help at wide receiver.
With Dwayne Bowe a free-agent, New York needs to make it a top priority to add the big possession wideout.
Really, it's that simple.
Although the 2013 quarterback class isn't nearly as top-heavy as the 2012 class—with Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, how could it be?—there are a plethora of signal-caller prospects the Jets must look to select in late April.
Based on where the Jets will likely pick in the first round, Arkansas gun-slinger Tyler Wilson seems to be a good value pick at this juncture.
His 2012 season was a disaster under the tutelage of John L. Smith, but he has the arm strength and experience in a pro-style offense to become a franchise quarterback at the next level.
Yeah, I'm advising New York move past the Mark Sanchez experiment.
If the Jets want to continue their ground-and-pound ways—and with their offensive line, they should—Eddie Lacy is the ideal prospect to grab after the first round.
He averaged 6.4 yards per carry behind Alabama's stellar offensive line in 2012, and at 6'1'' and 220 pounds, the Louisiana native has the build to run between the tackles and pick up yards after contact.
Shonn Greene can't be relied on as the team's feature back anymore.
Austin Howard filled in admirably for much maligned right tackle Wayne Hunter, but over time, the former practice squader became a liability.
According to ProFootballFocus.com (subscription required), Howard has allowed 44 "pressures" (combination of sacks, hits, hurries) and only Anthony Castanzo and Jeff Backus have allowed more quarterback hits this season.
Whether it be in free agency or the draft, an upgrade must be made at the right-tackle spot.