Last season, after the New York Jets failed to make the playoffs, the Jets parted ways with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, in an attempt to revamp their sputtering offense.
Unfortunately for the Jets and starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, head coach Rex Ryan decided not to let go quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh, whose tenure in New York has been an utter failure thus far.
Cavanaugh, (above) who was a backup quarterback in the NFL for 13 seasons and was the Baltimore Ravens‘ offensive coordinator in their Super Bowl season of 2000, joined the Jets when Ryan joined the team in 2009.
Ryan was also a member of that Super Bowl season with the Ravens, and there’s no doubt he was instrumental in bringing Cavanaugh to New York to work with Sanchez, who was Ryan’s first ever draft pick as head coach.
While the honeymoon was fun while it lasted, the failure to get Sanchez to reach his full potential should’ve put Cavanaugh in hot water after last season, yet he was allowed to return in 2012, with equally bad results.
Sanchez hasn’t developed as fast as the Jets expected him to, and it’s painstakingly obvious that somebody needs to be held accountable for his failures if the Jets aren’t going to bench him for his poor performance.
At one point last offseason, Cavanaugh actually indicated that he expected the Jets to let him go, which would seem to imply that he’s aware that he has failed to mold Sanchez into the franchise quarterback he was expected to be.
Ryan still believes Sanchez is his guy, and general manager Mike Tannenbaum is definitely going to feel his seat getting warmer in the coming weeks and months if the Jets come out flat in the second half of the year.
But if something needs to change in the meantime, with the Jets are on their bye, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Jets part ways with Cavanaugh, even if that’s something that probably won’t happen any time soon.
No, not everything is Matt Cavanaugh’s fault. Just like not everything was Brian Schottenheimer’s fault then, and not everything is Mark Sanchez’s fault now. And no, starting Tim Tebow at quarterback is not the answer either.
The problem goes deeper than that, beyond just one person. But if anyone should be scapegoated, Cavanaugh is next on my chopping block. He should’ve been let go a long time ago, and he’s lucky to still be employed.
Is it possible that firing Cavanaugh would be akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic? Possibly. But if the Jets continue to do the same things over and over, expecting different results, what good is that?
Rex Ryan needs to understand that players and coaches need to be held accountable for their failures.
Otherwise, it could be his job that’s on the line next.