Well, it seems that the problems I see for the Jets are seen by many, including CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason, who was on WEEI and said the following about the Jets collapse. They have always said that the fan base does not determine what a team does with a coach or a player, but you have to say that when you have more and more so-called experts talking about things like this you have to wonder if the owner will begin to listen. I have to say that when I read all that the analyst said about the situation it was rough, but it was also spot on. Here is a piece of it…
"“I think that Rex Ryan’s ways have come back to haunt him. And Mike Tannenbaum, the general manager down here, has a lot of responsibility in this regard, because they have put a lot of bad guys together in this locker room. There’s a good core of players for the New York Jets. But unfortunately, all it takes is one guy. And Rex Ryan giving Santonio Holmes the captain’s ‘C’ on the chest was an absolute embarrassment. It’s a slap in the face of all the good guys in that locker room.“They have a major problem with him, because they’re going to owe him $15 million guaranteed over the next two years if, in fact, they keep him on the roster next year. They can’t cut him, I don’t think. And I don’t think anybody’s going to want to trade for him. So, they’ve got themselves a handful.“And then this morning in the paper, Jets fans don’t want Mark Sanchez back. But this is the world of the Jets. It stays together for a little bit, and then all of a sudden it spirals out of control. And then they have a head coach that kind of exacerbates all of it.”"
But if you do not believe all of this, listen to someone in the know, since he is part of the team, or at least, was, cause I am not sure if third string QB Greg McElroy will be kept after he spoke out…
"“It’s definitely not a fun place to be, I can assure you,” McElroy, who played collegiately at Alabama, said in an interview with 97.3 The Zone. “It’s the first time I’ve ever been around extremely selfish individuals, and I think that’s maybe the nature of the NFL. But there were people within our locker room that didn’t care whether we won or lost, as long as they got their … they really had good games individually. That’s the disappointing thing, and it’s going to take a lot to kind of come together.”"
There is no way that Sanchez goes, at least right now, but there is no way that you can believe that the Jets QB can keep the fan base at bay if he does not have a much, much better season. Or, as I have said, Peyton Manning comes into the picture and takes over the reign of the offense. However all of this might just be the tip of the iceberg, when in fact you have to look at the man in charge, Rex Ryan, if you want to see true change for this squad. Am I asking for the coach’s job? No, I am asking for the coach to stop doing what he does in his presser and gets a bit more aggressive with dealing with the team.
Twice in two weeks the Jets head coach said he didn’t know things that any coach should know. Two weeks ago he told the media that he didn’t have any idea that the game had Mark Sanchez throwing close to sixty time in the game, and then in the last game of the season Ryan said he had no idea why Santonio Holmes was not in the game at the end. Let’s just say it here and now, if he was so brash with his team as he is when making “we will win it all” statements to the media he might just have more control over a team that truly needs someone to take charge. But somehow I doubt that Rex Ryan is going to change, as Mike Golic keeps saying his day, which the co-host of Mike & Mike in the Morning played for, was like that, the brother, who is the defensive coordinator in Big D is like that why would the head mad of the Jets change?
Which could ultimately be the major reason why the older Manning does not come to New York. Somehow I am not sure that Ryan and Manning could ever co-exist with the polar opposite ways of doing things. In the end this is a mess that will not go away soon, adding to it the fact that the New York media loves this type of storyline, you know that there will be many, many more articles about the Jets and their implosion.