I've always hated the label that Jets fans get for being pessimistic and always anticipating mediocrity from the Jets. However, if you look at the season from an objective viewpoint then you cannot help but look at the schedule and consider the areas of weakness of this team then you cannot help and wonder if we can make playoffs. A second straight season of missing the playoffs may ultimately cost Tanny and Rex his job. Rex has been exactly what the Jets needed. For the longest time the Jets never made headlines, never had a winner's mentality, and were never an attractive option for players. Rex has helped change that, and that is the reason why I have loved him as our head coach.
However, I see missing the playoffs again as the straw that breaks the camel's back. Rex and Mike Tannebaum cannot mess this season up, because we have an owner who will do what it takes to be winning now especially when we have a lot of pieces to be making a legitimate run for the Super Bowl. If this season plays out the way I have predicted it will, then the Rex and Tannebaum will be gone. I hope more than anything that we will keep Rex, and that we will win this year and the next under Rex. However, I just do not see it working out this season. And knowing Woody, he will clean house.
With that said, Woody is on the search for a new GM and most likely a new coach. There are quite a few candidates that make sense for this franchise. For coaches I see guys like Perry Fewell Assistant Coach for the New York Giants, Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher, and Andy Reid (who I suspect will be fired; the NFC East is too good for the Eagles to make playoffs this year) Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Morinwheg, Mike Zimmer, and Jay Gruden both coordinators for the Bengals. There are a lot of great options for Woody to look at on the pro level. All of these coaches have lots of NFL experience, and all have had a strong desire to be a head coach or come back into head coaching.
It all depends what you are looking for with these guys. You have to consider that the team that has already been set in place. This team isn't looking to completely rebuild so this would be ideal for an experienced coach whose coaching schemes and past experiences fit the needs of this team. The incoming coach has the best CB to have ever played in the league, and the best CB tandem in the NFL with an up-and-coming CB in Wilson, two DE's that have potential to be dynamic if in the right formation, the best ILB in the game, Rookies this year with potential to be elite, 2 offensive playmakers in Keller and Holmes and three of the best offensive linemen in the NFL. I don't know how this job is not appealing; the incoming coach would hardly have much work to do.
What this team needs is someone who knows how to best utilize the pieces that this team has. A coach that has had experience grooming a QB is no longer a necessary need because Sanchez is past the grooming stage and a new QB may be needed in 2 or 3 seasons. So in the near future that may be needed, but as for now I am not sure if a head coach that knows how to groom a QB is necessary. So scratch off Jay Gruden. I personally think that we need a Head coach that knows how to get the most out of it's offense. Our defense has enough talent to get by without a defensive genius. I personally think that the three best options for the Jets would be Andy Reid, Jon Gruden, and Marty Mornhinwheg.
I know Mornhinwheg whiffed with the Lions, but he has all of the experience needed, knows how to run an explosive offense, and has worked under Andy Reid. I would prefer Andy Reid but if he is fired from the Eagles then I imagine him wanting a break. Jon Gruden is going to come in motivated and he will want this more than anyone else I can imagine. Gruden knows how to manage a team; not just an offense or defense, a team. We need someone experienced and a proven winner. Gruden would be great.
Woody loves the headlines, so my guess is they go in hard for Gruden and/or Reid, and I would like to see Mornhinwheg as the head coach if the other two fall through. As far as GM goes, I am limited in the research that I can do. I would say the Jets are dynasty contenders if they were able to pluck Bill Polian out of ESPN. He is a proven to have built a franchise close to a dynasty. I also anticipate A.J. Smith to get fired after the Chargers don't make the playoffs again, he could be another option. Another intriguing route could be to hire Andy Reid as a GM. He may want to be more hands off, and I have always viewed him as a great talent evaluator. Other names like Eric Mangini, Bill Cowher, or Herman Edwards are all other names worth considering for GM.
In a perfect world, I would love to have Gruden as coach and Andy Reid or Bill Polian as GM. I don't necessarily think it'll play out that way but that is what I would like to see. What're your thoughts if we lost Mr.T and Rex next offseason.