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No Simple Plan

Mark Cannizzaro

NY Post

December 7, 2005 -- A VOICE of NFL front office experience and reason resonated over the phone yesterday, and when the topic of the Jets was broached, he didn't sound very optimistic.

"As long as I can remember," Gil Brandt said, "I've never seen a tougher situation to be in than the Jets are right now."

Brandt spent 30 years with the Cowboys, much of the time as VP of player personnel. Many of today's GMs still consult with him before making big-time decisions.

Brandt was complimentary about the job Herman Edwards and Terry Bradway have done. However, trying to decide which direction they should go, Brandt sounded like someone glad not to be in their shoes.

"If [Chad] Pennington is OK, then your strategy changes," Brandt said. "It then becomes more of: Do I want a running back because Curtis Martin might have hit a wall and is probably not going to get better?"

The Jets are 2-10 and possibly headed to 2-14. That puts them in the middle of the dubious race for the No. 1 pick. The 49ers and Packers are 2-10 also. The Texans are 1-11.

Highly placed Jets sources say they'd prefer not to draft Reggie Bush or Matt Leinart because it would mean investing too much money in one player when they have many holes to fill.

Those sources, too, are not crazy about Leinart because he doesn't possess a strong arm and will command about $24 million.

So, the Jets' best scenario could be this:

They get the second pick behind the Texans, who crave Bush and don't need a QB.

The Texans take Bush, leaving the Jets staring at Leinart, whom a number of QB-needy teams would kill to get.

The Jets find the best suitor and trade the pick, allowing themselves to still draft, say, Memphis State RB DeAngelo Williams in the first round.

The trade, too, brings the Jets either a high second-round or even low first-round pick with which they can draft a QB of the future, maybe Vanderbilt's Jay Cutler.

That still leaves the Jets with their own second-rounder, with which they might find another immediate starter, perhaps on the offensive line.

Those same Jets sources also have indicated they're not willing to start a rookie QB next season, because that would almost certainly lead to another down year. So, with Pennington not expected to throw at game speed until at least training camp, the question becomes: Which veteran QB might be available?

San Diego isn't going to let Drew Brees go. The Chargers might, for the right price, get rid of Philip Rivers, but the Jets are not high on him. Tennessee backup Billy Volek is locked into a long-term deal and is the heir apparent to Steve McNair. Atlanta, according to Falcons' insiders, has no interest in letting backup Matt Schaub loose.

Though Washington's Patrick Ramsey, New Orleans' Aaron Brooks or Tampa Bay's Chris Simms might be available, the Jets might be looking at their 2006 starting QB Sunday at Giants Stadium in Oakland's Kerry Collins, who's not only fallen out of favor with the Raiders, but is owed a huge roster bonus in the spring, which might make him very expendable.

"He took a team [Giants] to the Super Bowl and took a team [Penn State] to a national championship season," Brandt said of Collins. "For the Jets, it all starts with Pennington. Herman Edwards and Terry Bradway need one of those psychic women to tell them what's going to happen with Pennington."

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If Bradway trades around in the 1st round he'll make a mess again. He'll fall in love with some workout warrior and then draft a "project" OL and DB with

the 3rd rounder he gets. And Edwards will sit them both"He's not ready and may never be ready". Sorry-been there, done that.

And if the Jets situation is so grave, why doesn't Canizzaro ask some tough questions of his good buddy Herm?I know-Herm is totally free of any blame in personnel, it all happens in a vacuum. Sombody thought it was a good idea to extend Martin and Pennington, and to keep this revolving door of crappy DBs and DL guys going.

Damn shame-that "Blame Parcells for the cap" is a little old 5 years in.This franchise is doomed with these two clowns. And if LUcky Sperm Johnson doesn't wake up, it will only get worse.

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BZ,

I said start rebuilding the OLine, not give Hermy a 10-year extension. :wink:

As much as I like Herm and think he gets a pass on this season, he has two more years in my book (his contract). He either gets us to the Championship game, or it is time for him to move on.

Knowing the Jets though, we will get rid of him after his contract expires and he will end up taking the next team to the Super Bowl. :(

BZ

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BZ you are willing to go 7 years with Herm at the helm- Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry deserve that kind of longetivity -no one like Herm

I just don't believe switching coaches every 2-5 years gets you anywhere closer to the Super Bowl.

If we go to the playoffs for the next two years, get into a Championship game, all is good.

If we can't get to the playoffs next year, time for Herm to move on.

If we get to the playoffs next year with division win, Herm gets another year.

If we tank next year, Herm needs to go and we rebuild.

BZ

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So, the Jets' best scenario could be this:

They get the second pick behind the Texans, who crave Bush and don't need a QB.

The Texans take Bush, leaving the Jets staring at Leinart, whom a number of QB-needy teams would kill to get.

The Jets find the best suitor and trade the pick, allowing themselves to still draft, say, Memphis State RB DeAngelo Williams in the first round.

The trade, too, brings the Jets either a high second-round or even low first-round pick with which they can draft a QB of the future, maybe Vanderbilt's Jay Cutler.

That still leaves the Jets with their own second-rounder, with which they might find another immediate starter, perhaps on the offensive line.

i'm 100% fine with that scenario - fill our 3 biggest needs in the first 35 picks of a deep draft.

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