March 27, 2012; Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan listens to a reporters questions during the AFC head coaches media breakfast at the Breakers Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
The more I read about the Jets this off-season, the one word that sticks out is dysfunctional. I just don't think that we have a set idea about how we are going to move forward. Is their one mindset that is shared by the franchise? for anyone who works in an office, you'll know that a common goal, a common cause is something that is talked about a lot.
Recently we have seen mixed messages coming from the franchise, Rex Ryan wants to stay out of the Hard Knocks spotlight, Woody Johnson want's to dive in. We want to go to a ground and pound philosophy but we are working out an extension for a tight end that struggles to block. We want to take more emphasis off the quarterback and rely on a game manager and we re-structure Mark Sanchez's contract to make him one of the highest paid QB's in the league.
We have beat reporters that want to stir up controversy, flicking to the lastest Tebow rumour, quoting anonymous sources and some sources who just don't matter. Someone working out with Holmes doesn't believe that Holmes liked the move.....really? We have 100 different people directly associated with the franchise and on the outskirts of the team that all seem to be rowing in a different direction.
I know that we need to have faith and we need to give the team a chance. However we don't seem to be making moves in accordance with one unified plan. Players read reports from all the beat writers, so if you think it doesn't matter.......it does. We are saying that we need to move back to the ground and pound defensive philosophy but we make certain moves that just don't seem to make sense. We seem to have an ideal version of what we would like, but then our actions don't mirror this at all.
We need to come up with a gameplan, a direction if you will. Then we need to do everything in our power to ensure that this gameplan is followed. If we are going ground and pound, then lets 100% commit to the philosophy. Which means making the right tackle position a priority, which means if we don't think the running game at the moment can carry the load, we commit to finding help at the position. Which means that if we want to be the elite defense, we commit to improving our pass rush and our secondary safety position.
I can't see a direction at the moment, I hear a lot of talk about where we want to go, but I don't see it in action. The draft is one of the most important drafts in recent memory.