The Jets put together an impressive postseason run that ended one game away from the Super Bowl. But now they must gear up for the offseason to make a few moves that will get them to that ever-elusive second Super Bowl.
First and foremost, releasing Thomas Jones is a great idea. It gives you some room to move as far as the cap is concerned and on top of that the Jets don't really need this guy anymore. Not with the speed of Leon Washington and the hard running style of Shonn Greene.
However, that is only the beginning of what needs to happen if the Jets expect to win the Super Bowl next year.
First, they need to get Braylon Edwards some stick-em. Don't get me wrong, I love this guy and I am excited to have him on the team, as he provides a great deep threat. The only thing missing is his hands. His bonehead drops are far too reminiscent of wide outs like Clifford Franklin from The Replacements and the kid from The Little Giants who only catches toilet paper.
Next, considering we have a brand new stadium, I think it would be a good idea to invest in setting up some sort of hot dog vendor on the sideline so we can keep Mark Sanchez's blood sugar up. After all, sometimes the difference between winning and losing comes in the form of a couple of Hebrew Nationals.
As far as coaching goes, I love what Rex Ryan brings to the team. The problem is he doesn't just bring it to the team, he brings it to the world. Don't get me wrong, I would be thrilled to go out and have a few drinks with this guy and listen to him talk trash. But I think for the duration of the 2010-11 season we should keep him as far away from MMA fights as possible...especially if they happen to be in Miami. Seriously, that was about as safe as taking Al Sharpton to a clan meeting.
My next recommendation may seem apparent, but it never hurts to state the obvious. Stay away from free agents that have more than three strikes. Leave those acquisitions to the Bengals and the Cowboys. As you can see by looking at recent history, those moves don't win you Super Bowls.
Another idea that might not hurt would be to stop wearing those vomit-colored throwbacks. Seriously, what exactly are we trying to prove with them?! I know this has nothing to do with football, but I think it would be a good morale builder to not wear the ugliest throwbacks the NFL has ever seen. Honestly, you could find a better looking uniform in Lady Gaga's lost luggage.
But on a more serious note, this team is strong and barring injuries, should be extremely competitive next year. So if it ain't broken don't fix it. Keep guys like Kerry Rhodes! Now that you have some cash from releasing T.J. do what you have to do to keep this man in green and white!
At the end of the day, if Sanchez continues to grow and perform like he did towards the end of this past season, there is no reason why we can't beat anybody, which leads me to my last point.
Brian Schottenheimer needs to stop being such a pansy with the play-calling. When your QB is playing solid let the guy throw more than 11 passes in a game. I know that the running game was the staple of our offense but it won't work to its potential unless you open up the run via the passing game.
So there you have it. Put all those changes in place and I have no doubts that we will be hoisting up a Lombardi trophy within the next few seasons! Of course that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.