Jets Problems Start With Culture

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Who do you blame for the New York Jets 1-4 start? Rex Ryan? John Idzik? Geno Smith? If you said yes to any of those then you may be right. However, the biggest problem with the Jets is the culture surrounding the organization. 

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When Rex Ryan took over as a head coach of the Jets in 2009, he brought a brash, loud, and energetic attitude to the Jets who were coming off  three seasons of the quiet, reserved Eric Mangini. This was a breath of fresh air for fans who desperately wanted their team to be relevant again. Soon the Jets surrounded their organization with players who were loud and charismatic as their head coach including Bart Scott, Antonio Cromartie, and Santonio Holmes.

At first the antics of the Jets were cute and people could excuse their cockiness as the made it to two consecutive AFC championship games. Then the honeymoon was over.

Suddenly the Jets were entrenched in Tim Tebow, and the "Butt-Fumble." They had hit rock bottom.

In 2013, John Idzik was hired to ultimately change the culture of the organization. It was a forgone conclusion he was going to fire Rex Ryan after the 2013-14 season. However, the Jets surpringsly finished 8-8 and Ryan kept his job

Expectations going into the the 2014-15 season were high. The Jets had added Eric Decker, Chris Johnson, and Michael Vick who would compete with Geno Smith to be their starting quarterback. It was playoffs or bust for the Gang Green. All three additions have been "brutal" at best.

The Jets also believed Geno Smith would be a better quarterback and leader this season. However, he's even worse than last year and was benched last game.

After five games into the season the Jets are 1-4, and are coming off a trouncing at the hands of the San Diego Chargers. Now the lifeless Jets face one of the most potent offenses in the league in the Denver Broncos.  I guess "rock bottom" didn't account for the Jets.

The Jets organization over the last six years has developed a culture of being mouthy, cocky, and undisciplined. Whether it's a coach calling time-out during a game tying play, another coach tripping an opposing player on the sideline, or a player dropping an "f-bomb" at fans. Winning teams and organizations don't do things like this. But the the Jets do. Why? Because it takes away press from the winning team who plays in the same stadium. The Jets believe their best marketing tool is their antics on and off the field. It gets people talking, it gets people going to the game, it makes revenue. It's the culture they have created...which is why the don't win.

As dysfunctional as the Jets have been this season, they are still in contention to win their division and make the playoffs...but in reality the will not win the Super Bowl. The worst thing for the Jets is for them to finish 8-8 or 9-7 and make the playoffs and lose. A result like that may keep Rex Ryan around and the obnoxious culture he's created with his players and other coaches around.

The best thing for the Jets is for them to finish the season 2-14, and be embarrassed game after game. Embarrassed so bad that Woody Johnson and John Idzik would finally take action and change the culture surrounding the organization, including the dismissal of Rex Ryan. It would allow the Jets to finally get a coach who is disciplined, firm, and all-business. It would also allow them to get a high draft pick and take a franchise quarterback they've desperately needed.

The healing can't begin soon enough...
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