New York Jets are in one of the worst situations in franchise history. Considering the fact that this Jets team was expected to really challenge for the playoffs, the 1-7 record they currently hold is a complete letdown.
The worst thing about the Jets current plight is that Jets' head coach Rex Ryan still remains confident in starting quarterback Geno Smith. But Jets general manager John Idzik is one man who is not happy about the situation, and on Monday he let his feelings be known.
"It's gut-wrenching, it's brutal, you feel like you've been punched in the face," Idzik said. "It's painful. It's painful."
"When you start 1-7, you start out in front of our home crowd 1-4 at MetLife," Idzik said, "it's very personal."
So what do the Jets need to do? Well, simply put, they need to fire people as soon as possible. But the big question is who do the Jets need to get rid of first? And who can possibly survive? We take a look at five candidates.
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Rex Ryan needs to go. He has lost the locker room with his desire to keep Geno Smith in the starting quarterback role despite his clear lack of quality in the position at an NFL level.
Ryan's career in New York may have started incredibly well, with two trips to the AFC Championship Game. But this season now marks the fourth year in a row that the Jets have failed to make the playoffs. And for a team stacked with talent, it's simply not good enough.
The Jets' offensive coordinator has been terrible ever since he took the job. It's not his fault that what he has got to work with is pretty poor.
The Jets have a decent amount of options in the offensive side of the ball, but went it comes to quarterbacks, Mornhinweg doesn't have a great deal of options. But even so, he should have been able to cook up something better than this disastrous start to the season.
Geno Smith somehow managed to make it into his second season in the NFL as the Jets starting quarterback despite terrible numbers in his rookie season.
Rex Ryan even has faith in him to this day, but on Sunday in a must-win game, Geno managed to throw 3 for 8 and three interceptions. It's pretty clear why he should be released, so let's just leave it there.
Simply put, the Jets' need a better back-up quarterback option than Michael Vick. No matter what he did back in Philadelphia only a few years ago, Vick is a shadow of his former self and looks very unlikely to be able to replicate his play with the Eagles while playing for Gang Green.
The Jets need to have a fire sale at the quarterback position and start from scratch. Gang Green have plenty of talent on both their defense and offense. What they need is a franchise quarterback, likely to be Jameis Winston who they will pick up in the 2015 NFL Draft, and then a steady back-up quarterback who can do a real job. Not the average play that Vick manages when replacing Geno.
Many people feel that the man at the heart of the Jets' problems is John Idzik. And they may be right. However, we think that the Jets' GM should be given another opportunity to select his own head coach and own quarterback for next season.
Idzik has not been able to live and die by his own decisions yet. And only when he can should we really analyze whether he is what the Jets need at the GM position.