When you look at football teams a lot of people often think season by season. However, with the salary cap and 4-5 year contracts that give upfront money which a team is on the hook for over 4-5 years, football teams are now really shaped by choices made over several seasons. This team is still in large, a team shaped by Jeff Ireland. It is also shaped by Joe Philbin as I am sure he had imput on players and directly was involved in developing the young players on the team. With that being said I would say it would be fair to say Joe Philbin has a significant part in the team we have today and Dennis Hickey has a much smaller part in the team we have today. Should Joe Philbin be fired? My answer to that question would be, well are medicore results good enough?
My general feeling is that medicore is not good enough for a man that just invested several hundred million into stadium upgrades. A stadium that will probably not be selling a lot of hot dogs, sodas, and t-shirts for 2 out of the 8 home games to end the season. I am not saying Ross is ready to fire Philbin, I am just saying IMO he will be looking around. I am very much pushing for him to make another run at Jim Harbaugh. I was in the minority when I supported him doing it the first time because he looked foolish doing with Sporano as his head coach at the time. BTW, how did Sporano's last season turn out? Did he go about it in the wrong way, yes he did. Did he do the right thing chasing Harbaugh? Yes he did. There is no certainty that San Francisco is going to release Jim Harbaugh. Clearly, Harbaugh does not like the management and the feeling is mutal so I think a parting is likely. But again, it is currently up in the air. If there is no Jim Harbaugh, then what? Well the next popular name going around is Rex Ryan. I do get it, he is considered a defensive mastermind. You put him with our skill players and Lazor and we suddenly have a competitive team right? Hmm. Well that COULD be the case. But I like to look at results, Rex Ryan has about the same success record wise as Philbin has had. The Jets just have chosen to stick with medicore for 6 years now. Is he really an upgrade?
As I started off this article pointing out, it is multiple seasons that shape a team. The more seasons a GM and coach are running the team, the more they have directly shaped the team. The New York Jets are a complete mess right now. They are like the "Dolphins after Nick Saban coached" kind of a mess. Who are the people most responsible for this mess? I would have to the say the two most impactful people are Rex Ryan and Mike Tannebaum. Now what I am hearing is Mike Tannebaum is "advising" Steven Ross and Rex Ryan's name is a consideration for coach. To me that is a scary thought. We just went through the dark ages in coaching and management. I really don't want the 2018-2019 Dolphins to resemble the 2013-2014 Jets. It is not about where you are but also where you are going. I hope Ross keeps that in mind.