This time last year, the New York Jets were consumed by turmoil as a franchise. Thanksgiving saw this franchise hit rock bottom while Mark Sanchez infamously committed the “Buttfumble.” Although this obviously happened on the field, accountability must come from those who assemble personnel. These decisions come from general manager in most cases.
Since 2006, Mike Tannenbaum had held this responsibility for Gang Green. There was indeed a level of success, especially in the beginning of Rex Ryan’s time as head coach. Slowly though, talent began to erode from the skill position players. Others also received contracts that were not reflective of their production. Sanchez’s insane 2012 extension served as an example.
“Circus” became one popular term that media members used to describe the atmosphere in New York. Looking at the 2012 roster one saw no explosiveness offensively. The defense remained good enough to keep them in many games, but key pieces became too old. Instead of firing Ryan, owner Woody Johnson chose to spare him while dismissing Tannenbaum.
Fans saw this as a chance for redemption as replacement John Idzik helped build today’s successful Seattle Seahawks. His strategy appeared to be signing low-priced veterans and young pieces with potential. Their last draft helped fortify the lineup. Rookie Geno Smith’s raw potential offers a stark contrast to last season’s dark outlook. Even if there is no postseason in 2013, the Jets have already shown positive signs of change.