I don't Kotite coming from an offensive background was what led to 23 years of defensive coaches; Kotite coming from the offensive side of the ball was never cited as the reason for his failure. I think it was our current clueless owners who were stuck in the 1970s mindset that "defense wins championships". So, they hired coaches from defensive backgrounds thinking that they were going to find the guy who would build the next Steel Curtain or 85 Bears. Kotite's problem was that he was just a bad coach, offense and defense. Ironically though, he actually seemed to have a good eye for talent. He built most of the same team that Parcells used to earn a 12-4 record two years later. Kotite just didn't know how to use the talent he got. That's kind of like saying "I'd rather drink beer than piss!" I remember the Kotite years vividly. I was 10 years old during Kotite's first season. I remember crying after many games during those years. Those years were way worse than the Bowles years. The Bowles era was frustrating. The Kotite teams, however, were examples of pure futility. While Bowles' Jets looked like a bad coached NFL team, Kotite's Jets literally looked like they were not even an NFL team; it was like an XFL or Arena league team was trying to play in the NFL...and a shitty XFL or Arena team at that. Other than a few fluke games where they showed up to play (and still usually lost), the Jets didn't even come close to challenging anyone they played during those years. I don't think even the Lions or the Browns were as incompetent in their 0-16 years. Bowles' Jets were aggravating; Kotite's Jets were humiliating.