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The New York Jets made a huge mistake when they decided to keep Rex Ryan. His influence over which players were brought into the organization should matter just as much as Mike Tannenbaum's.
Things aren't likely to change much until he's no longer the head coach.
That said, whoever decides to take on the challenge of revamping the Jets roster needs to take a hard-line approach and get rid of some players—both young and old—who have not been worth keeping around for the past year or longer.
The Jets are particularly old on defense.
Sione Pouha (33), Calvin Pace (32) and Bart Scott (32) have seen better days, as has Yeremiah Bell (34). Much of the problem lies in the fact that the Jets haven't drafted well, so Ryan has necessarily turned to his veterans to get the job done.
But this isn't a dominant defense anymore, even when Darrelle Revis is back and ready for action.
Mark Sanchez isn't old, but he isn't good either. The Jets would be smart to take the cap hit and just cut him or at least attempt to trade him. Sanchez may end up becoming a serviceable quarterback, but it's not happening with the Jets.
The offensive line is a mess too, and it'll get worse if the team can't afford to keep Brandon Moore, who will hit the free-agent market in the spring.
The Jets need to start from scratch. There's no easy fix for this disastrous team, and the best course of action will be to bite the bullet and let the surgeon (aka the next general manager) do his work.