Insider: Poor moves caused Jets' decline


The organizational philosophy led to the Jets' undoing.

A declining roster that focused more on a quick fix instead of long-term stability has led to the Jets' recent struggles and a second straight year outside the playoffs, according to Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus. Monday, the Jets fired Mike Tannenbaum, the general manager who oversaw the team's recent AFC title game trips, but also the last two seasons when the team couldn't get above .500.

"The talent decline in New York stemmed from an organizational philosophy that put them in "go for it" mode rather than building the team in the mold of other successful NFL franchises. The two constants with the best regular season teams, as well as recent Super Bowl winners, is the presence of a franchise quarterback paired with a roster that is built through strong drafting," Palazzolo writes. "The Jets have neither, and the results have manifested in a 6-10 record. Look no further than the 2009 and 2010 drafts that netted only seven total players."

Palazzolo writes that the Jets messed up in pretty much every aspect of building a team, be it the drafts, free agency or trades. The team's trades hurt their ability to build through the draft, and the team missed many picks in the draft. In free agency, the Jets acquired veterans or re-signed players, but those players did not live up to the contracts they inked. Had the Jets been better drafting their youngsters, they could have helped better position themselves for the future.

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