T0mShane Posted January 7, 2012 Share Posted January 7, 2012 We've been bickering about the effectiveness of Mike Tannenbaum recently, so let's look at the roster he's put together as objectively as we can. I don't think it's disputable that the Jets need to fill these holes for next season: FS: You CANNOT go into the season with Eric Smith as your starter again. It's suicide, especially with the Pats fielding Gronkowski and Hernandez. There is nobody currently on the roster to replace Smith, either. SS: Does anyone want to bring Leonhard back? He was a marginal athlete to begin with, now he's lost back to back seasons to leg injuries and wasn't effective when he was healthy. Or do you re-sign Brodney Pool and hand him the job? ROLB: Bryan Thomas, anyone? He's big, he sets the edge nicely, and he's an effective run-stuffer, but with Calvin Pace being a non-factor in the pass rush, it's time to upgrade at OLB. I don't think you can use Aaron Maybin more than situationally (and judging by the amount of snaps he got down the stretch, Rex agrees). Do you re-sign BLT and let him platoon with Maybin, or do you go and try to find a real OLB in the draft? LILB: From the sounds of it, they're done with Bart Scott, whose greatest contribution to the Jets after signing his mammoth contract was issuing a few witty quotes and, now, affording the team some cap savings by being ousted. His replacement is not on the roster. RT: Wayne Hunter, Vlad Ducasse. In sum, the team needs to try again. Is the third time the charm for Tannenbaum? WR1: I think we all can agree that Holmes (assuming he's on the roster at all) is best suited as a #2 receiver and Plaxico Burress needs to go away, leaving a huge hole to fill at #1 WR. Let's not delude ourselves into believing that ANY free agent WR is coming here to play with Sanchez, so Tannenbaum has to find one in the draft that's ready to play immediately. No small order. QB2: Regardless of your hope that Sanchez turns it around, the Jets have to bring in a QB with a pulse to, at the very least, give Rex another option in the event that Sanchez's crippling sore neck re-emerges next year, rendering him incapable of leading the charge. TE1: Let's face it--Dustin Keller just isn't a TE. He's a beefed-up slot WR/H-Back. Every time he lines up in a three-point stance, the offense (as well as Keller) is wasting a play. He doesn't block, he doesn't deal well with physical play at the line of scrimmage, and asking him to do anything but catch intermediate passes is an absolute waste of time. Tannenbaum needs to go out and find a legitimate two-way TE immediately. Jerry Reese picked one off the scrap heap in Jake Ballard, who has helped bail out Eli Manning repeatedly. Not giving Mark a reliable underneath receiver was ludicrous from the start, but now it's time to do it or die. Optional-ish places where upgrades are needed: These are positions that, IMO, need upgrades if the opportunity arises to upgrade them. QB1: The reality is that Sanchez will get at least six games next year to show that he's the guy. There's been too much time and money wrapped up in his development to just pull the plug right now. That said, Rex is about to go through an entire off-season where he and his program are considered absolute punchlines and, going into Year Four, he's not going to have the patience to let one player continue to make him look like a jackass. IMO, if draft day comes around and Tannenbaum's phone rings with another GM on the line offering a trade-up with RGIII on the board, I don't know if the headline-hungry accountant will be able to resist. LG: I know Matt Slauson is the least of the Jets problems right now, and I know that he likely graded out decently this season, but it was pretty apparent that the Jets running game has diminished since he grabbed the starting job. He's a marginal NFL starter who is best suited to a back-up role. More importantly, Brick needs a better guard next to him to cover up for his relatively soft play in the run game. It's no coincidence that Brick's best seasons came when he was lined up next to Alan Faneca. P: If you're going to keep Sanchez and Schottenheimer, you're going to need a great--not a good--punter to help offset the offensive suck. RB1: Shonn Greene has shown flashes, but is constantly nicked up and disappears for looooong stretches of time. How much of that is the result of defenses simply not respecting Sanchez? I'd say that has a lot to do with it. However, Greene is still a 150 carry back who needs to be partnered with a consistent (better?) back to share in the beating. Do you gamble on Bilal Powell being your 250 carry workhorse? Or is Joe McKnight ever going to earn consistent reps? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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