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After the Jets signed
right tackle Morgan Moses, the New York Post, “George Fant could still play vital role despite losing starting tackle job.”
Perhaps, but that shouldn’t be decided yet.
At least if the Jets want to create a winning culture, which they clearly want to.
“The plan is to create the best culture in sports,” said Jets GM Joe Douglas. “Every great team has that culture.”
So if that is the case, you run a 100 percent meritocracy, and that means that Moses and George Fant will compete for the starting job in training camp, and may the best man win.
That is what great cultures do – they operate a true meritocracy.
In fact, if you are running a true meritocracy, which great football cultures do, Chuma Edoga could win the right tackle job.
Now none of us expect Edoga to win the right tackle job, but if you are running a true meritocracy, you always play the players who earn the jobs – no annointing.
So that means, rookie free agent right tackles Grant Hermanns (Purdue) and Teton Saltes (New Mexico) are also in the running.
Obviously it’s a major, major longshot that Hermanns or Saltes is going to be the starting right tackle, but I’m just trying to make a point.
When it comes to open competitions and playing the best players, you can’t mess around, at least if you are looking to build a great football culture.
You can’t sign Moses and then immediately anoint him as the right tackle.
And surely, the Jets haven’t done that.
The hyperbolic New York Post headline writers, who work for a tabloid, obviously don’t run the Jets.
So the headline writers assertion that Moses is already the starting right tackle, wasn’t something they got from the Jets.
He’s going to have to earn the job, and he’s a solid player, and might very well do that.
But Douglas likes Fant a great deal, and that is why he gave him a 3-year, $30 million contract last year, and in late March, picked up on an option on his contract that guaranteed $4.45 million of this $8.5 million base salary in 2021. If they cut him, they take a $5.45 million cap hit according to contract website Spotrac.
So he’s making more than Moses, who signed a one-year deal for $3.6 million.
While how much somebody makes should have nothing to do with who starts, that is something bad culture do, Fant’s contract numbers, and how much Douglas paid him last year, and then picking up the option, shows y0u Douglas really likes the player.
He also likes Moses.
Time will tell who will start.
But having Moses and Fant is a win-win for the Jets.
Whever loses the Jets, that person will give the Jets a heck of a backup swing tackle.
Just like the guard situation, with Greg Van Roten, Alex Lewis and Dan Feeney. The runners-up will provide quality depth.
But just like the Moses-Fant competition, it’s hard to believe it’s already been decided.
At least for a team that is trying to build a great football culture.
July 5, 2021
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