In terms of media coverage I think that it is safe to say that the New York Jets have come full circle. The Jets are now making headlines for not making headlines. Following a very disappointing 6-10 season Gang Green dismissed general manager Mike Tannenbaum and hired a headhunter (Jed Hughes with Korn/Ferry) to help identify new candidates. Other than that the team has been silent even going as far to delay their end of season press conference for over a week to January 8th.
Of course this silence has caused a stir with the media, who have easily become spoiled by Rex Ryan and his chatty Jets. The writers (Pro Football Writers of America) actually went as far to file a complaint with the NFL which was rebuffed with the team’s announcement of Tuesday’s presser. There is this growing notion that the Jets must share every detail of their thought process as the organization tries to recover from a dreadful season.
I, for one, commend the New York Jets for this approach as it absolutely the correct way to handle business for a team that has been a bit dysfunctional lately. Get your house in order before you open the doors to the masses. Why put Rex Ryan front and center when you have yet to identify your plan moving forward? Ryan’s answers of “I don’t know” or “I cannot comment” will only draw fury and criticism from the media. In addition the silence prevents further embarrassing moments as comments will be avoided on the situations that have not yet been addressed (general manager, position coaches etc.) .
At this point the Jets cannot worry about appeasing the media, but must focus on getting this franchise headed back in the right direction. I give Woody Johnson and the Jets credit for taking this approach and hopefully this trend continues as we head into a new league year.
GM update: As of now the Jets will be bringing in the following for interviews (which are believed to begin on Friday):
Giants Director of College Scouting Marc Ross
Ex-Browns General Manager Tom Heckert
49ers Player Personnel Director Tom Gamble
Falcons Player Personnel Director Dave Caldwell
Packers Director of Football Operations John Dorsey
Initially this is a solid list of candidates. I just hope that the new general manager has the ability to fire Rex Ryan if he believes that he can bring in a better suited coach for the franchise.