When the Jets went 1-15 under Rich Kotite in 1996, they reached out to Bill Parcells to take over the team’s football operation and get them headed back in the right direction.
Parcells did that, taking the team to the AFC Championship Game two years later and setting the team on a path that’s saw the team post losing records just three times before this year. The Jets aren’t quite at the Kotite level of hopelessness, but change is in the air around the franchise again and Brian Costello of the New York Post thinks he knows just the man to get them headed back in the right direction.
It’s Parcells, as you’ve probably put together by yourself by now. Parcells didn’t respond to Costello’s text message looking for comment on the possibility that he could serve as a consultant who helps them find a new General Manager, so this is nothing more than the idea of a writer at this point in time. It’s one that makes a certain amount of sense, especially if a report from Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com is correct. He reports the Jets would like to keep current General Manager Mike Tannenbaum around in a cap management role while bringing in someone else to oversee the personnel decisions.
LaCanfora points out that few strong candidates would agree to those circumstances given Tannenbaum’s close relationship with Jets owner Woody Johnson and the lack of clear authority. What’s more, Tannenbaum’s cap management led to guaranteed salaries for players like Wayne Hunter, Mark Sanchez and Bart Scott that have hamstrung the Jets roster this season as well as the long-term deal with wide receiver Santonio Holmes that seems destined to become another albatross. If the Jets really want to change their fortunes, they can’t do it through half measures and can’t act like those with a hand in their poor record bear no accountability for their role.
The Jets need all the help they can get. Whether or not it is Parcells, they can’t rely only on the people that got them into the mess for help getting out of it.