A disappointing 6-10 Jets season ended this afternoon in Buffalo with a 28-9 loss to the Bills and the offseason has officially started. What happens now?
Significant changes are expected and one wonders if they are hours, days or weeks away. Woody Johnson hired Mike Tannenbaum to be the Jets GM on Feb. 7, 2006 and the latter led the Green & White to four postseason wins and two AFC Championship appearances. But the Jets will be on the sideline this January for a second consecutive postseason and many have speculated that Johnson could relieve Tannenbaum of his duties.
Tannenbaum hired Rex Ryan on Jan. 19, 2009 and Ryan had a wonderful two-year run to start his head coaching career. But New York’s AFC representative dropped their final three contests in 2011 amidst some locker room dissension and finished 8-8. After a winless 2012 exhibition season that included no TDs from the 1st unit offense, Ryan was confident heading into this campaign.
“I know there are high hopes for every team in the league, but I truly feel this will be the best team that I’ve had since I became coach of the Jets,” he told me when the preseason concluded in Philadelphia.
The 2012 Jets ended up as Ryan’s worst team to date. New York's AFC representative suffered season-ending injuries to CB
While the defense performed admirably without Revis, the offense couldn’t overcome injuries, shortcomings and the Jets received uneven quarterback play from
Scoring was a major problem most of the year as the offense tallied 10 or fewer points on eight occasions. The Jets have to decide what direction they are going it at quarterback as Sanchez, McElroy and
"There are some decisions to be made obviously from upstairs," Sanchez said. "They’ll do their best to put the best possible team together — coaches and players — for the next season and put us in a position to be successful. Other than that, I’m not going to hypothesize or try and guess about what’s going to happen. We’ll just see what happens from them and move on."
There are questions elsewhere.
"Hopefully I'll be here next year," said Landry, who was selected to the Pro Bowl and appeared in 16 games for the first time since 2008. "I love the organization. Hopefully we can work something out and I'm just waiting at this point."
Despite the obvious holes, the Jets aren’t void of talent.
Special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff is headed for retirement and there could be other shake-ups to the staff even if Ryan is back for a fifth season. ESPN reported early Sunday that offensive coordinator Tony Sparano will not be retained.
“I believe we can accomplish what we set out when I took the job,” said Ryan last week, who also told the media that he would like to guide the Jets for the next 15 years.
The Jets can’t afford to look that far ahead. After a tumultuous season, the organization has to take a hard look at itself and make alterations.
Tuesday will mark a new year and 2013 can’t come soon enough.