The New York Jets are playing a dangerous game by apparently embracing the tank (see item No. 2 here).
Tanking is a bad idea in the NFL. Football is the ultimate team game. Winning teams have quality across the starting lineup and decent depth. Purging too much talent puts unrealistic pressure on the personnel department to hit a much higher percentage of moves than the competition.
Take one of many counter examples: Jim Kelly turned the Bills around. But the Bills’ 1988 playoff team had 13 starters who were on the roster before Kelly arrived. Five of those were Wall of Famers and two were Hall of Famers. Plenty of talented “franchise” QBs have been beaten to a pulp on rotten rosters. Archie Manning and Jim Plunkett are two of the greatest examples. Cleveland’s recent stockpiling of draft picks is impressive. But the Browns lived through 1-15 and still didn’t get their savior QB. And it’s hard to predict if any upcoming draft class includes a slam-dunk QB like Andrew Luck. Most drafts don’t.
It’s extremely risky to tank in the NHL (see Edmonton and maybe Buffalo). It’s exponentially more risky in the NFL.