I have never understood how it can be so hard to build a team capable of winning the Super Bowl each season. All you need to have is an owner with guts enough to think about long-term success instead of appeasing the fans in the short-term.
Yes, I realize the fans are the most important element in this equation, but too often they expect to win “now,” or at least soon, but many do not have the foresight to care about the big picture.
What is the “big picture?” The big picture is selling out the short-term well-being of your win-loss record for an opportunity to have an unfair advantage in the future.
I am not going to pretend to know the strengths and weaknesses at every position for the New York Jets or the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, I will say that I know quite a bit about a couple of key figures who were hired by each organization. John Idzik was hired as general manager of the Jets and Gus Bradley is the new head coach of the Jaguars.
Each former Seattle Seahawks employee has a major challenge at-hand — to help build a winning team at their new job.
What should each team do? Easy. Do whatever it has to do to accumulate draft picks in future years. Who cares about 2013? If you’re going to do it, do it right. Does it really matter if you go 5-11 or 2-14?
Each team should go into its draft knowing that it will do anything to move down over and over again. If I were Jacksonville or New York, I would plan not to make a pick in the first-round of the upcoming draft and would continually try to keep trading down if the opportunity presented itself.
With that being said, you must always plan to make a pick if there are no other possible trade scenarios. I’m not blind to that.
Many teams treat their draft picks like gold. They want to hang on to them at all costs and then every year some teams will throw them around like candy at a parade if there is someone they are willing to trade up to select on draft day. The Jaguars and Jets should be the teams that move down at all costs and should do this over and over again until they haven’t even used their first pick and the round is over.
It’s easy. Sell out now and have a bunch of picks in the future. Everyone knows the best way to build a team is through the draft, so then why not want to have an unfair advantage of picks in future years?
The same applies to trading a current veteran or two who won’t be around in the long-term for picks in future years.
Supposedly the Tampa Bay Buccanneers want Darrelle Revis but won’t trade their 13th overall pick this year to make it happen. Who cares? Trade him for a first-round pick next year. Either way, in the grand scheme of things, you’re getting a first-round pick. I realize Tampa could win next year and the pick would be later in the first-round. However, they could also struggle and the pick would end up even better next season.
If each of these teams do not realistically think they can win the Super Bowl next season, then instead of treading water or gradually improving at a position or two, they should definitely go for the unfair advantage moving forward.