Five years ago New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan arrived, transforming their culture. His preference for smash-mouth ball control offense during this period of increased passing defies norms. It is appropriate given the brash personality that he carries. These guarantees have stopped since GM John Idzik took over, but Ryan remains a fiery individual. Given recent struggles that include three straight seasons without Playoff appearances doubters continue to increase.
Despite last season’s strong finish and an earlier contract extension, there are still issues. Idzik’s strategy in pursuing subtle free agent additions clashes with urgency from their coach’s situation. Make no mistake, Ryan’s long-term future remains in doubt. Signing Eric Decker improved the receiving corps, but alone is not enough. This team still has issues at corner have not been addressed while striking out on players like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Frustration reportedly builds from Ryan who believes his boss acts too conservative.
Getting Michael Vick, who supposedly meets with New York this weekend would push QB Geno Smith, more must be done to improve pass coverage and create more plays offensively. In my opinion, a third-round pick for Philadelphia Eagles receivers could be worth risking locker room chemistry. Idzik appears content staying in rebuilding with an 8-8 team that showed promise. No matter what happens look for such power struggle to continue going forward.