After watching almost every Jets game this year (first time that I have had NFL Sunday Ticket and I thank God for it every night) I have seen a lot of performance issues that I believe can be quick-fixed this offseason. I want to know what you guys think about my thinking on how we can address some of our weaknesses.
We start off by firing Schotty and promoting Bill Callahan to OC. Schotty could not gameplan to save his life and he did not know how to best utilize the skill sets of the players on the offense (for example; Sanchez throwing to many deep balls, Sanchez throwing 59 times in the season finale, calling Direct snaps on 3rd and long against DEN etc). Callahan brings experience and has already proved himself as a great offensive-minded coach. I think that his experienced game planning and head coaching success' will be an instant upgrade as far as decision making goes. Another name to consider is the recently fired former Bears OC Mike Martz (unless he retired). RB's thrive in his system and that would also compliment what Rex wants to do with the offense. Next is what I think we should do through free agency:
Looking at the coming available free agents it looks like slim pickings at the free safety position, but Michael Griffin or Reggie Nelson could be a good replacement for the aging Eric Smith. Safety is going to be one of the biggest needed additions for the Jets this offseason because we are going to need someone other than Eric Smith covering Gronkowski. The key to playing at home in the playoffs is beating the Patriots and the Brady-Gronkowski connection killed us both times we played them.
The LB position also needs more speed to provide better pass coverage and pass rush for the defense. IMO this will be best served meeting these needs via draft. Unless by some miracle Cowboys OLB/DE Anthony Spencer doesn't get re-signed then there is little to nothing available through free agency. And I am not sure if he would be able to cover an athletic TE anyway. Another option is Cowboys ILB Bradie James. Although he has played 9 seasons and doesn't provide youth, I believe that he is pretty good in pass coverage.
If we wanted to further fortify the DL we could sign Redskins DE Adam Carriker to help the run D. Another idea that I believe is worth consideration is thinking about trying to sign current Packers QB Matt Flynne. After his 6 TD performance last week there is no way Flynne's agent is going to let him not test the open market. If the price is somehow right then we need to seriously think about signing him and seriously consider moving Sanchez if we are able to land him. Flynne can throw deep, he has pin point accuracy and I believe that he has a lot of potential to be something special. Likely won't happen but this is my dream remember?
However, I believe that if there is a chance to sign current 49ers OT Joe Staley, then he should be our biggest focus of the off season. Imagine a line with Brick, Mangold, Moore, and Staley. That not only helps protect Sanchez but instantly improves our run blocking.
I'll do a mock draft in a separate post but I want to know what you guys think so far.