Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/28/13
The New York Jets have made headlines again with the acquisition of yet another quarterback to to the roster, recently released Green Bay Packers quarterback Graham Harrell. After just two seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Harrell was waived to be replaced by Vince Young. The entire preseason circus in the Jets' clubhouse has been enshrined by the decision to name a starting quarterback.With the most indecisive head coach in the NFL, Rex Ryan continues to juggle the quarterback position to better fit whatever lame idea he has for this team. The current roster now holds, Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith, Greg McElroy, Matt Simms and now Harrell. Ryan apparently needs five quarterbacks to choose from in order to make a decision. The problem is they are all mediocre quarterbacks, with the exception of what I saw in Simms' recent preseason performance.The Jets have a long-time franchise history. After almost going bankrupt in 1962, a five-man syndicate headed by Sonny Werblin saved the team from extinction, paying its debt in the amount of one-million dollars. It was in 1969 that the Jets quarterback Joe Namath put the franchise back on the map, out-gunning Jonny Unitas of the Baltimore Colts. However, after Namath the franchise started the all too familiar spiral descent until appearing in the 1982 AFC Championship game.The New York Jets always seem to have long periods of unsuccessful seasons and behind those seasons are head coaches who just can’t seem to get a good run going.  Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks attempted his first NFL head coaching job with the Jets and ended it quickly with a 6-10 record.  Success did not come again until Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells stepped in and led them to an AFC Championship game in 1998. That is a 16-year distance between championship games. After new ownership in 2000, the Jets have seen the playoffs five times, under three different coaches.  Rex Ryan has led the team to back-to-back AFC Championship appearances during his first two years of coaching. So what happened to his 22 years of experience in coaching the NFL? The 2012 Jets team looked like a circus and Ryan’s inability to bench QB Mark Sanchez for his embarrassing performance.Last season's signing of QB Tim Tebow was an attempt for the Jets' owners to light a fire under Mark Sanchez based on Tebow’s miraculous playoff run for the Denver Broncos. But Ryan would have no part in it, staying secretive about how they would use Tebow and spinning more mystery with the use of “wildcat” plays. It was obvious after Sanchez’s famed “butt-fumble” that Tebow was just a band aid and nothing more.So now the Jets have five quarterbacks and no decision to name a starter. Sanchez is injured and you have a shaky, inexperienced rookie leading an already fragile team, riding their hopes on his shoulders. But if the same coach is heading last year's debacle, nothing has changed. Not even a moment of clarity while running with the bulls in Spain. Ryan needs to go and the Jets need a coach who can take this team back to winning championships in New York. If the Jets' owners are going to spend the money, I suggest that owner Woody Johnson seek out free agency coaches such as Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden or even Bo Pelini of the Nebraska Cornhuskers to revive this team and engage a fire in the players, with an attitude of determination. If it is done early in the season, there might be a chance to save this franchise. Who knows, maybe Fireman Ed will come back and cheer for a winning team again!
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