As the opening game against Buffalo rapidly approaches, there have been many reviews and critiques about the composition of the team as a result of personnel moves in the offseason. The immediate needs for the team were evident to most who followed the team last year. However, the Jets offseason will be judged on two things:
1. Tebow- If Tebow makes a meaningful contribution to the offense in the wildcat, as a running back or as a decoy, then it was a great pickup for the team for the price and was worth all of the hype around Tebow-time in NY. If Tebow does not do those things, and the offense struggles he will be viewed(as most already do) as a distraction to Sanchez and the root of all the offensive problems.
2. RT/Wayne Hunter- There is no way to sugarcoat the handling of Wayne Hunter this offseason, the Jets botched this up royally. Hunter's performance last year left little doubt in everyone's mind about what needed to be done at RT, except the minds of Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum. Immediately after the season ended, Rex and Mike both spoke highly of Hunter as if they had not been watching his performance all year. Maybe they were trying to give the guy the benefit of the doubt due to other issues with the offense, but it was irresponsible to re-sign him for a decent sized chunk of change for a player of his caliber. It was also irresponsible to not add any other viable options to compete for the RT starting job. One thing that is becoming clear is that the Jets seem reluctant to admit mistakes in personnel issues until it is too late. Rex and Tanny need to put aside pride in the name of putting the best players out on the field. "No question!"
On a side note, I feel bad for how Wayne Hunter was treated by the Jets. They put him in an unenviable position, and open to the scorn of all Jets fans. Hunter was not up to snuff to be a starter in this league, but the Jets left him open to a cruel amount of criticism as a result of their inaction in finding a replacement at starting RT. Knowing what I know now about how Wayne handled Santonio Holmes in the huddle last year, I have a lot of respect for him as a person. He is clearly someone with a lot of heart, and willing to work hard(see stories about the offseason workouts.) I wish him the best in St. Louis. Hopefully a change in scenery will do him good.