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Coaching Changes Begin for New York Jets: A Fan’s Opinion
Change is inevitable. This is especially true when you fail to get your team to the post season. The New York Jets need to make serious changes to the coaching staff if they plan on having a successful season next year. It all starts with the offense.
The first person to consider is offensive line coach, Bill Callahan. NFL.com reports that his contract expired at the end of the 2011 season. This has the rumor mill churning as speculation says that Callahan may be in line for Brian Schottenheimer's job. It would not make sense to replace Schottenheimer with Callahan. The mindset is the same. What the Jets need is new blood for the offensive coaching positions. Until New York's coaching staff can provide quarterback Mark Sanchez an environment where he can succeed—they will never be a successful team.
Mike Pettine, the defensive coordinator for the Jets, is rumored to be heading to either the Miami Dolphins or Penn State. Rich Cimini of ESPN, dismisses the rumors in a December 15, 2011 blog post. That post was before the embarrassing loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. I do not think that Mike Pettine has to worry about his job with New York. Although the Jets have problems stopping the run—the defense is not the major problem with the team.
Brian Schottenheimer has to go. His indecisiveness killed the Jets this season. First the offense was all about the passing game. That did not work so it was back to "ground and pound." That proved unsuccessful and New York ends up with a break-even season of 8 and 8. If the offensive coordinator cannot make up his mind about the direction of the team, how can you expect the offense to play well?
Expect Head Coach, Rex Ryan and General Manager, Mark Tannenbaum to remain with the New York Jets. I do not foresee New York firing either of them. Rex Ryan has a big mouth but that will not change. It seems to be a Ryan family trademark.
There are some key issues with players that need to be addressed. Santonio Holmes has come under fire for his attitude of late. Fans feel that quarterback Mark Sanchez has to go. I expect to see both players on the roster next year, although I would be surprised if Holmes remains as a team captain.
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Lynda Altman grew up just outside of New York City. She has been a Jets fan all of her life and is disappointed that New York will not be in the post season this year. You can contact her @LdyJetsFan on Twitter.
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