Woody, you've gotten yourself into one hell of a situation.
With the firing of Eric Mangini, only one day after the Jets once promising season came to yet another nightmarish end, Woody Johnson has set this team and its following up for yet another "rebuilding" session.
In my last post I told you that it was necessary to stick with Mangini for at least one more season (with new coordinators and a few replacements on the team) and see where it takes you. Now, everyone can see why I felt that way.
Even before the Jets canned Mangini, fans everywhere were having dreams of Bill Cowher's scowl pacing up and down the sideline, and a Jets defense resembling that of a Steelers 3-4 that seems to always be at the top of the league.
Now, Jets fans everywhere are trying to comprehend how and why Brian Schottenheimer is the favorite on their short list of replacements. They're trying to figure out how to pronounce the coaches name from BC, then understand why the Jets are even interviewing him. They're trying to figure out if Mike Tannenbaum is looking for the best coach out there or just the best coach who doesn't want to be a GM. Their trying to ignore the fact that Johnson may have sabotaged what could have been with Cowher, so that he could enjoy his precious vacation in Europe.
This is a situation that could only be created by a few teams in the NFL, and unfortunately my friends, the Jets are one of those teams.
The main problem with how this whole situation has been handled is that when Woody decided to fire a coach who has had 2 winning seasons in 3 years...he should probably have an idea of who he wanted to hire as his replacement. If Cowher was Woody's guy, as we all thought, he should have had him on the phone after the Jets pathetic performance in Seattle. Instead, the Jets are now scrambling, trying to find the guy who can do a number of different things.
1. He needs to get fans to forget about the Jets monumental collapse this season.
2. You need him to get fans to forget about Cowher, Shannahan, and every other coach who has ignored the Jets pleas the past few weeks.
3. He's got to sell those PSL's.
4. Oh yeah, he's got to win.
Here is the solution. A proven guy with a track record including a short list of assistant coaches, if we can't get a "proven" guy. Here is my list of suitable coaches.
Brian Billick, Marty Schottenheimer, Mike Holmgrem, Mike Shanahan, Jon Gruden(if fired), Rex Ryan or Steve Spagnolo.
What's gonna happen? I don't know, but as a Jets fan I'd bet it won't be good.