The circus is back in town. The New York Jets are ready to serve up butt fumbles by Mark Sanchez and follow it up with a great juggling act of clock management and decision making by their big jolly clown, Rex Ryan. Last year, the Jets signed the laughable Mark Sanchez to a new extension and acquired Tim Tebow to never even use him. This year the Jets are fresh off of releasing top defensive players, Bart Scott and Calvin Pace. They are now dangling their best player, Darrelle Revis, for the best price possible. The signs are clear, the 2013 Jets are heading due south once again. We all remember the amusing statements Rex made and actually believed, like how most teams in the NFL would love to be in the situation the Jets are in of having 3 legitimate starting quarterbacks. Or how he claimed to have a roster filled with the most talented players he’s coached since taking over for the Jets.
Then there is the decision of starting Mark Sanchez for the last regular season game after Greg McElroy got hurt. The only logical reason Rex could have done this was to prevent fans and ownership from seeing what Tebow could have done for the Jets all year if given a chance. Rex may have passion, but that is sadly about all he can bring to the table as an NFL coach. Certainly there is a laundry list of why Rex is hated by many Jets fans, but when all is said and done it truly comes down to ownership. Woody Johnson is the one who is allowing this all to unravel in front of our eyes yet again, leaving the future for Jets fans looking dismal and bleak. It seems as though Woody has read Fred Wilpon’s blue print on how to fail and is now creating his own.
The Jets have major needs that must be addressed in order to have any chance of being competitive this year. First of all, they need to do what it takes to land a proven quarterback. With Alex Smith now heading to the Kansas City Chiefs via trade by the San Francisco 49ers, the Jets need to go after Matt Flynn of the Seattle Seahawks. Flynn showed great promise behind Aaron Rogers in Green Bay, but surprisingly became the back up in Seattle all year because of the surprising preseason and incredible break out regular season by starter, Russell Wilson. The Jets new GM, John Idzik, will hopefully do what it takes to make it happen. Being from Seattle may just be the connection needed to strike this timely deal. They must also sign free agent running back, Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw may have had some nagging injuries over the last couple of years, but he is an explosive, work horse with passion. Jets fans still don’t seem to know what they have in Shonn Greene.
Finally, they need to either draft, sign or trade for a proven offensive lineman that will push the other linemen to actually block. There are no excuses for Mark Sanchez’ woes, but defensive linemen were able get to the quarterback at will this past season. Blocking seemed to be almost optional for the O-line. These types of moves are not rocket science. GM John Idzik has the obligation and duty to start building this team up again immediately. Both Idzik and Rex are officially on the clock to restore confidence back in Jets fans. There is surely one obvious move the Jets need to make if nothing else is done to clean up this mess known as the New York Jets, just shut Rex up!