Here's what Jets owner Woody Johnson told reporters last week: "I didn't sign up for a 3-6 season. We haven't had one in a while. I'm not happy about it. Yet I am optimistic that some of these things can be corrected."
And the process of correcting things has begun, apparently. Newsday's Bob Glauber writes that last Tuesday, Johnson met for 45 minutes with team president Neil Glat, general manager Mike Tannenbaum, coach Rex Ryan, offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff.
A team spokesman told Glauber that Johnson met to "discuss how we can improve our performance moving forward," and that the tone of the meeting was "calm and constructive."
Whatever the tenor of the get-together, the bottom line is clear: something has to change or, well, a lot is going to change.
Three days later, Tannebaum appeared on WFAN with Mike Francesa to talk about the sorry state of the team and, of course, the artist formerly known as Tebowmania.
“Right now, there are a lot of little things that are adding up to us not getting it done,” Tannenbaum said. “Winning teams make plays at critical times … We've had critical mistakes at the wrong times, and that's what winning teams don't do.”
Francesa, who has been known to speak frankly about the clown-car atmosphere in Florham Park, pushed back.
“You're painting an unfair picture, Mike, because you've lost four of these games by 17 or more points and three of them by more than 21 points,” Francesa said. “Those aren't competitive games. Last week, you got outgained 2 to 1. You haven't had an offensive touchdown in two weeks. This has been a dire breakdown.”
The conversation inevitably turned to Tim Tebow, who has had as underwhelming a season as anybody in the league.
“From a production standpoint, it hasn't been necessarily where we thought it would be,” Tannenbaum said in response to a question about Tebow living up to expectations. “He has converted first downs ... Right now, the Tebow decision is a 3-6 decision, like everything else.”
Francesa countered with what every Jets fan has been thinking for months.
“You've undermined your own quarterback,” he said, referring to Mark Sanchez. “Maybe he's even told you this, but he's got to detest this. There isn't one starting quarterback in the league who wouldn't tell you that he would detest this happening to him, being yanked out of the game. No one else yanks their quarterback out of the game!”
Before the season, Rex Ryan's job was supposedly safe no matter what happened in 2012. As the slow-motion train wrecks continues unabated, we find that increasingly difficult to accept. But even if Ryan is back next season, Tannenbaum should still be worried. And an owner-convened meeting with the team president should only exacerbate those concerns.
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