So, right now I think we're all pretty pissed off at how things have gone. We should be. Sanchez isn't any more consistent, some coaching decisions have been really questionable, the lack of depth is being exposed somewhat, and Tebow is turning out to be completely worthless. So some people are in the whole camp of "fire rex! Sanchez is a bust! burn tanny!". That's fine. At this point there's probably more than enough evidence to justify that point of view. However, these are my thoughts at the futures of some people in the organization.
I'll start with Rex. I haven't been too happy with the underachievement by the defense, particularly the front seven, thus far, and he's probably the most logical person to pin that on. He's also been called gutless by some, which personally I couldn't disagree with any more and any more furiously, but that's a story for another day. So some people are under the mindset that he needs to be fired. Well, let's look at a similar situation. In 2006, Sean Payton really broke new ground for the Saints franchise by getting them to the NFC championship game, very unfamiliar territory for that franchise. However, he then missed the playoffs 2 consecutive seasons afterward with 7-9 and 8-8 records respectively. He wasn't fired, and look where that got them the year after that. Rex is in a similar situation right now. I personally don't think we have very reasonable playoff chances at this point, but i'm not ruling out 8-8 give or take a game. I think Rex is entitled to one more season barring some really baffling failure in this half of the season. He'll be on the hotseat for next year (rightfully so at that point), but let's give him that season. If you wanna argue with me, just remember, Sean Payton. That doesn't mean Rex WILL win the superbowl next year. Of course it doesn't mean that. My point is that I think Rex deserves another year. No other coach we've ever had has won 4 playoff games, let's not throw him in the trash so quickly.
Now, Sanchez. Words really can't describe how disappointed and upset I am about his lack of development. I really thought he was gonna get it this year, and I thought all my optimism was justified too. So I guess the logical scenario is to move on from him. If he continues at this pace the rest of the season, yes, it is. But last season, he had a passer rating above 85 in seven of the first 8 games, only to really falter down the stretch. Who's to say he doesn't get hot this year on the back nine (no, i'm not saying that WILL happen, just that it could)? I say let him play out the season. At this point I really don't expect a whole lot more from him, but I'd rather him than that other guy. If you care to disagree with me, enjoy watching twice as many 3 and outs as we already have and even more missed passes. So what does this mean? Well, maybe he proves he's worth keeping around next year as a stopgap. Maybe he stinks it up and gets kicked to the curve despite the guaranteed money. We'll have to see.
Santonio Holmes. I'm not necessarily under the notion that we benefit from not having him, but either way, we won't cut him, as much as all of you want to. There's so much dead money from his contract if we did, and woody won't eat all of that. Plus if we got rid of him, someone would have to replace him. Let's also keep in mind the guy is pretty good. Maybe not as good as his salary, but he was on pace for over 1000 yards before the injury. Not much else to say there, I think the money speaks for itself.
Finally, Mike Tannenbaum. First i'll start off by saying that I don't hate the guy anywhere remotely near as much as some other people do, and I personally think some of the excessive hate is unwarranted, but that's a topic for another day. Either way, I think it may be time to move on. The drafts between 2008-2010 were all really lackluster, filled with players who never really panned out the way they should have, and he's also invested too much money into too few players who don't make enough of an impact. Not all of these contracts are as awful as some people make them out to be. I mean, Cro has earned every penny of his deal, and I don't think 8 mil a year for David Harris is as bad as others think, if you think about those 2 seasons he came off of. I think Mangold and Brick are both great players at their position. However, then you have all this money invested in guys like Santonio Holmes, Bart Scott, Calvin Pace, and Mark Sanchez. That's not to say they're bad players, but they don't play to their salary, which hurts the rest of the team. If you put all the top-loaded money on top of the unsuccessful drafts as of late and lack of depth, the team isn't holding up too well right now. So I think it may be time for a change of how things are run. That being said, I appreciate all the good things he's done for us, and some of the really talented squads he put together, so I wish him happy trails.
So, those are my thoughts on what may be in store for a few people in the organization who's futures are in flux in our minds.