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Defending Brian Schottenheimer

Okay I'm not going to go completely crazy here and say Schottenheimer is great. Throwing 57 times or whatever it was against the Giants was not intelligent (note to Schotty- Sanchez is not Drew Brees). However, if I had to make a list of the Jets problems (or former ones as in this case), he would be close to the bottom. Seriously, what is Sparano going to do? Make Shonn Greene run fast? Make Wayne Hunter a good right tackle? Make Plaxico Burress fast or McKnight even remotely capable of breaking tackles? If Haley was sooooo good with QB's, why isn't Leinart starting right now somewhere? He had Warner, who was a good QB, so he was successful. He then had Cassel, who is mediocre at best, and he wasn't successful anymore. The real problems the Jets have unfortunately start above Schottenheimer. Sure, you could point to a myriad of players that are deficient on the Jets, but that would be missing the point. The point is that they shouldn't be starting and they are. In Mangini's last year in 2008, that Jets team with Favre had a real chance of going somewhere until Favre's shoulder injury. I'm not a fan of Favre but he was executing at a high level and they were 8-3. They had a monster running game and solid defense and really had a chance. Then they tanked because of Favre and Mangini got fired. Unfortunately, every single year after that the Jets have become a worse team. I know, I know, they made the AFC championship game twice. Let's be honest, it was a fluke. On the defensive side of the ball, they have done a halfway decent but not great job of maintaining performance (the offense really made them look bad because of the 3 and outs and turnovers). On offense it has been an absolute disaster. Here's a summary of the starters lost on offense and their replacements in the last three years: Damien Woody- Wayne Hunter Alan Faneca- Matt Slauson Leon Washington (not technically a starter but very important)- Joe McKnight Thomas Jones- Shonn Greene Lavernaeus Coles- Santonio Holmes (should be cut for his attitude) Here is a summary of their drafts the last 3 years: 2009- Mark Sanchez, Shonn Greene, Matt Slauson 2010- Kyle Wilson, Vladimir Ducasse, Joe McKnight, John Conner 2011- Muhammad Wilkerson, Kenrick Ellis, Bilal Powell, Jeremy Kerley, Greg McElroy, Scotty McKnight So, being honest, 2009 and 2010 were almost complete disasters and 2011 was possibly moderately redeemable 1-2 years from now. This entire problem starts from our owner on down to Rex Ryan. I get that Woody Johnson wanted to sell PSL's and make headlines, and now we're paying for it. Tannenbaum is responsible for picking these people. Finally, Rex Ryan thought he could recruit from the local prison and win a superbowl. Not only was he wrong, but he went into severe denial and tried to pretend there was no problem. Needless to say, that did not work. So, to conclude my post, we need to do a much better job at drafting, and we need to stop catering to the malcontents on the team. I would rather lose an extra game or two and cut Santonio Holmes, if for no other reason than to make a point that garbage like that will not be tolerated no matter what. But mostly we need an elite franchise quarterback or we will never, ever win a superbowl. Admittedly they are very difficult to come by but hopefully we can somehow figure out how to get one. However, Schottenheimer made none of these picks, he didn't sign Holmes' contract, and even if he gave his blessing on drafting Sanchez, it isn't his decision anyway. So, in short, while he was not perfect, he is not remotely the cause of our problems and the new regime will be more of the same unless legitimate changes are made beyond scapegoating one guy for all of our problems.
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