The offseason is a time for reflection, a time where NFL teams look within their own organizations and find both positive and negative traits that they will modify in the hope of a more successful year.
The New York Jets, missing out on the playoffs for the second year in a row, have already began their rebuilding process. Earlier this week on Black Monday, the Green-and-White fired GM Mike Tannenbaum. With the GM job now vacant, the Jets face a pressing challenge. When a General Manager is hired, he usually has an agenda that includes his own hand-picked staff. The new man for the job will have to learn to coexist with Rex Ryan, who has most of the sway within the organization.
The season was plagued by a quarterback controversy that began even before the first snap. After the failed courtship of Peyton Manning, the front office extended Mark Sanchez's contract by three years, paying him a guaranteed $18 million.
With the deal being signed to boost Sanchez's confidence, the Jets set themselves back by trading for Tim Tebow just over a week later. The hybrid quarterback offense never took off as the constant rotation resulted in no flow or consistency. With the losses and turnovers piling up for Sanchez, Ryan took a chance on third stringer Greg McElroy. Sadly, McElroy would suffer a concussion in his first start after being sacked 11 times. Sanchez would finish the year with another weak performance.
The season also provided its own share of other highs and lows on the field. While many players regressed in terms of talent and production, others took a step forward in their development. The first half of the season started off well for Gang Green. The team responded to their touchdown-less preseason by blowing out the Buffalo Bills at home. The following games proved to be a series of inconsistencies that saw the Jets take a 3-5 record into their Week 9 bye. The second half was a disaster. After winning their only back-to-back games of the season, the Jets faltered in their final three games and mathematically fell out of playoff contention.