Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
The New York Jets are insane. There can be no other explanation for what has happened since the Dolphins took the Jets out of their misery with a 19-17 win last Sunday. Ever since that loss the message from the Jets has been simple. Rex Ryan, Mike Tannenbaum, and Mark Sanchez have all said that they believe that "We can win with the team we’ve got."
There are no do-overs in the NFL. Teams get 1 year to win a championship. If they fall short of that goal it is necessary to make upgrades. The Jets are trying to re-write the formula. By not immediately firing Brian Schottenheimer, and by not making any changes in their front office after an incredibly disappointing season Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum are sending a message that they believe they can win with the current pieces in place.
They are wrong. The Jets went 8-8 with the current pieces in place. The 2010-2011 Jets epitomized mediocrity. They were capable of being good, but were generally bad bordering on unwatchable. Yet to hear the Jets leaders say it, this team is better then there record says. This is ridiculous. You are what your record says you are. This isn’t the B.C.S. and to listen to Jets brass over the last couple of days boast that this team can be good, only further demonstrates the problem.
By not taking immediate action like the Colts, Buccaneers, Rams, and a plethora of teams who have addressed assistants and coordinators, the Jets have put themselves behind the 8 ball because of their staunch, and insane belief that they can win with the team they have. Furthermore, this insanity reveals the biggest flaw with Rex Ryan as a coach, and as a leader. Because Rex Ryan thinks his team is the best and destined for greatness and Super Bowls and visits with the President, he refuses to change, or see the light. Rex Ryan can’t admit that his team struggled because it goes against his core belief in providing bravado and hope even when it isn’t there. The past couple of days exemplify how he hates change, and after going 8-8 and proclaiming hope, shows how the Jets believe they can do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result.