The New York Jets are more renowned for generating trivial headlines than actually winning football games, a trend that has begun to define an era for a dysfunctional franchise seemingly incapable of executing simple front office operations.
The level of ineptitude within the Jets' panel of decision-makers was exacerbated last Wednesday when news broke that head coach Rex Ryan had skipped town for the Bahamas in the midst of a front office overhaul.
The circus never ends in New York.
It doesn't matter that the Jets are in total disarray just two seasons after professedly ascending to the top ranks in the NFL. In fact, it's irrelevant.
The most daunting reality currently engulfing the Jets into massive calamity is that they'd prefer to be dysfunctional rather than flawless.
It's the only logical explanation for a culmination of laughable personnel decisions that have devolved the Jets into complete mediocrity.
The Jets committed football atrocity when they traded for run-first quarterback Tim Tebow last offseason and doubled-down on incompetence when they extended defective quarterback Mark Sanchez through 2016.
So, what happens now?
Owner Woody Johnson recently hired head hunter Jed Hughes—Vice Chairman of Korn/Ferry International—to lead the search for the Jets' future general manager in a move that should be considered Johnson's admission in having absolutely zero understanding of how football operations actually work.
Forget about the fact that other NFL franchises have ventured outside of the organization to find front office personnel; this is the Jets we're talking about.
The search is expected to take weeks, which appropriately compliments the fact that most GM candidates would make firing Ryan and failed offensive coordinator Tony Sparano as essential priorities.
The Jets would rather digress though, promptly igniting perpetual issues that seem to fit a self-loathing franchise.
Ryan and [enter GM name here] will have clashing agendas over the course of what's expected to be yet another brutal offseason for the Jets.
The loud mouth head coach needs to win now to salvage his deteriorating reputation, while the Jets' new GM will likely set forth a realistic plan for future success that will span 2-4 years.
It's a perfect marriage for the Jets, who continuously defy NFL logic in regard to management and operations.
It would be naive to presumptively think that the Jets are actually going to improve over the offseason, especially in consideration of their nauseating salary cap situation, which is not exactly a selling point in attracting a premier talent evaluator, nor is Rex Ryan.
Johnson had no choice but to unload his floundering GM—even if he did it because the newspapers told him to—but arguably should have also fired Ryan.
Johnson obviously wasn’t reading the fine print.
Ryan and Tannenbaum co-constructed a top-heavy roster consumed with aging veterans earning premium money, devastating the team's roster depth and ability to compete in free agency.
Still, don’t expect fiscal restrictions to prevent the Jets from completing their next outlandish enterprise. It’s simply what the Jets do best.
That next outlandish enterprise is called Michael Vick and it costs roughly $15.5 million in base salary for next season.
Vick is injury-prone and churns out fumbles at a rate surely to impress Sanchez. They would be a butt fumble powerhouse in the unlikely scenario that both land a spot on the Jets roster next season.
The Jets ultimately don’t like to fly under the radar, making Vick a prime topic of discussion entering the offseason.
Can they afford him? No.
If the Jets were smart, they’d eat Sanchez’s guaranteed salary and let him rot on the bench in 2013 while allowing the likes of Greg McElroy or a low-cost free agent to start.
Free agent QB Matt Moore isn’t sexy enough for the Jets, though, and neither is McElroy.
Forget about fiscal responsibility and future progress. The Jets are trying to win headlines.
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