So I was having a conversation with my dad about the Jets, and as most Father-Son Sport Conversations go, it escalated into a full blown argument. We were arguing the topic of Mark Sanchez's development, or lack thereof, and whether or not he should be blamed for his and the team's failures. Because we both relate things to business, we created an interesting business analogy that I thought was relevant.
The analogy: Imagine you are a boss and you hire a new employee. You have reasonable expectations that he will succeed and you understand that he might have some hiccups along the way because he's new. Now let's say that the type of business you operate is one where people have to do a lot of math. You will understand that there are some problems where this new employee will need a calculator or he wont be able to do everything he needs to do. Unfortunately, you hired multiple employees and they need a calculator too and there just aren't enough of them to go around. What do you do? Well simply, you prioritize who gets the calculator.
So in the case of this analogy, obviously one employee is Mark Sanchez, or the offense, and the other employee is the defense. And the calculator would represent talent, whether it is from draft picks or via free agency. Naturally funds and picks are limited so it is impossible to address every need every year.
Now my dad looks at things as an executive, or in this case, upper management. He believes that as an executive, you have a responsibility to give your employees the means to succeed or you, the boss, have failed them. He thinks that because the Jets have failed to provide Sanchez a calculator that they gave him no shot to solve the problem of quarterback. He even went as far to say that Tom Brady will struggle more than ever this year because he has metaphorically had his calculator taken from him.
Now I, still an underling in the world of business, took a different approach. If I was playing the executive, I would understand if the employee couldn't do every problem because I've handicapped him, but at the same time I would expect that he would have made some progress. I would hope that after 4 years, he wouldn't be making the same mistakes over and over again. I would hope that he would be able to solve the simple problems without a calculator. Unfortunately, I view Sanchez as the employee that continues to make the same mistakes game in and game out and is just incapable of functioning without a trusty calculator.
What do you guys think?