...and the record shows it as well as the stats. This years squad is paying for the "Instant Success" Gang Green has enjoyed over the past two seasons. R.R. brought his winning formula to the NYJ and viola, back to back trips to the championship game. It is now time to pay for that success as "The Team" was handcuffed by final-4 rules during back to back seasons as well as drafting behind teams that finished the season with better records.
I would like nothing more than to see this team win the Super Bowl but that comes from my heart and not my head. This team has obvious flaws and NFL teams are exploiting them. The good news is they are only a few and by making a coaching change or two(oc/qb) as well as acquiring a few playmakers and upgrading a few area's this team should be set for some serious runs for years to come.
I feel the only QB we need to think about replacing is M. Brunell, at 41 yrs he is done and has served his purpose here. MS will be fine as soon as he grows up which will come very soon. He actually is improving stats wise and is tough as proven by all the hits he has taken. An upgrade at RT/OG as well as some added depth @TE is a must however. I feel this problem will keep us from making the playoff's this season as the lack of pass blocking is causing MS problems but the running lanes are not there either as shown by the poor production from our RB's. This causes drives to stall or not even begin which adversely effect's the Defensive unit as well.
As much as I like LT this should be his final year, 11 years at RB in the NFL has taken it's toll. The good news is the team has young talent at the position but I would not be against replacing him during FA. The mistake made by failing to replace D. Woody should not be repeated. I wish like in golf we could take a mulligan, in our case however the current Mulligan @ TE should be released by next season. His blocking leaves much to be desired and after 10 games he has 3 receptions for a total of 12 yards(enough said). The D-Line could also use an upgrade as I have seen enough "lack of pressure" by our line for the past few years. We did address this area in the draft but more needs to be done.
The LB corps are aging and for the most part could use and influx of size with speed. I would not part with what we have but I would start drafting some help at LB as well as Safety. E. Smith is our leading tackler and good in run support but an upgrade is in order as both starting safeties are adequate or 2 string material at best. I would not stop at the players while upgrading this team either. I have seen enough from "Shotty" to say he is a QB coach at best. In my opinion we do not have to search far for his replacement as he is coaching the O-Line. Callahan has proven he can be successful as an OC in the NFL and he knows the team(players and coaches). I feel that would be a wise move and the writing is on the wall in Miami so the new O-Line coach: T. Sporano, He knows the division very well and given the chance could help Rex cash in on his Championship/Super Bowl predictions/promises.
The season is not over and it is possible RR can motivate his team into the playoffs for the third straight year given the schedule seems to be on the soft side down the stretch. I feel this would only hamper the building of a champion. NYC is a tough place to be and play in the NFL. M. Sanchez is a very young man with a lot of potential. He only started 1 year at U.S.C. and has proven he can win clutch games. He is not the problem but would benefit by having a capable back-up to push him. He has his flaws but he will learn from his mistakes if given time to do so and the proper people to help him become an elite QB in the NFL. As fans of this team we must also be realistic as well as patient. Rex Ryan built the monster defense in Baltimore but it did not happen overnight. If given the time and help he needs coaching the offense we are in for some good years in the future.