Honestly, the problem with this team right now is not going to be fixed with coaching alone. When you barely have enough talented football players for the ideal starting offense and defense to be good, then your special teams talent level is going to be abysmal.
Eh, over-dramatic word choice. Or maybe not? Maybe he ends up being like Woodhead, then it would be a steal. Otherwise, it's just a dude plucked from a p-squad. No biggie. Don't get hung up on the inconsequential semantics, you'll start sounding like that other buffoon.
No, don't overthink it. Taking Williams was the right move. The wrong move was not finding a way to trade up in front of the Raiders for Amari Cooper or a QB. Still, Williams is a good pick. Getting that pick right has to be looked at independent of ******* up the last 6 years of draft picks. I wish we'd done more later in the draft. We won't know what Devin Smith is for another year or so, Mauldin looks good, and after the first 3 rounds you can't really expect much in their rookie year. In fact, hoping 4th round and later picks save our season is a symptom of the last 6 years being drafted terribly. Real teams don't start those late picks as rookies, no do they let a season's success hinge upon them. The idea is to groom them for an eventual role, after you get them coached up... the sh*t we do where we throw them into the fire is pathetic.
Oh, it reminded me of Rex for different reasons. Get blown out the first time they play them, win a few games in spite of yourself in between, then get the rematch and end with a close score... even though the game was never really "close".
This team's fundamentals haven't been good all season, but at first they won in spite of it. poor form on tackling: arm tackles, checks instead of wrap-ups, and horrible leverage that allows them to be shrugged offpoor concentration on catches: ball can hit receivers in both hands, be perfectly placed, and they don't haul it in - even when uncontestedOL cannot hold their blocksDL cannot penetrate or attack protections like they did under Rex (this was Rex's strongest attribute as a coordinator)defense doesn't set the edge like they did under Rex (this was probably Rex's second-greatest strength)QB has problems with accuracy, timing, going through progressions, staring down receivers, and sliding when he runsRBs dance behind the line of scrimmage (I am in awe that Gailey has turned Ivory into a dancer)CBs give 20 yard cushions and bite on moves that veteran CBs should not bite onLBs take terrible angles and lose track of receivers in coverageTeam just isn't that good. Dollar for dollar, I'm realizing as I write this that Eric Decker is probably the best, most-consistent Jet on the team. At least on offense. He runs great routes, is where he's supposed to be, makes the best of bad throws (similar to Marshall), and doesn't have the drops (as frequently), or the boneheaded plays where he turns a routine play into a turnover.
Probably is, but I fully expect that as long as Woody wants rookie HC's, that there'll need to be a curve that we, as fans, just accept. Look at the league, it is very VERY rare that an upstart team jumps in from out-of-nowhere to become relevant and win it all. Not in the same season that they hire their coach. Football programs take years just to solidify, let-alone refine to the level of being able to win it all... or at least contend regularly. Even when you have it all figured out, it can all burst suddenly and without warning. Like it did for San Fran last year, and Baltimore this year. I think Bowles is a good hire. I hate that he's exhibiting bad tendencies, but hope he continually improves. Reality for this team is that they have been a bottom 5 drafting team since Parcells, so for almost 20 years. More specifically, the Tannenbaum, Rex, Idzik impact on the roster was horrible. Like, put us on par with the Browns, Lions and Raiders for being a perennial joke. This is why I can never understand the whole "Rex 2 afcc games" bit. He was one of 3 major cogs in the biggest setback this team has maybe ever seen. The most talented players on this team are 2 years from being irrelevant. Otherwise, we're looking at about 80% of this team that is going to require eventual turnover, in that span. What does that mean? By the time we have a RG, we're going to need to replace our LT and C too. By the time we have a QB (I wish), we're going to have to replace our 2 starting WRs. It's a work in progress. We're trying to outrun time and the past all at once.
This post shall be referred to as The 2015 Chronicle of Painful Truths from this moment forward. There'll probably be an addendum with a few others added in, but by and large, this is really the chronic diarrhea that is this season.