Be Fair with Evaluating Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum

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July 28, 2012; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum walks off the field following training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

Before we hit tonight’s game, I want to take a look at Mike Tannenbaum. There has been a lot of talk about this guy in recent weeks, and rightfully so. Has he done enough for this team, especially on the offensive side of the football, to put it in position to succeed? You definitely can argue that he has not. As we all know, the NFL is a “What have you done for me lately?”, type of business. Tannenbaum has a lot more failures than successes recently, so knocking him for that is more than fair.

However, I have started to see people knocking his career as the GM in its totality. Some fans are starting to take a negative look at his career in a broader sense, knocking whether he had influence on picks earlier in his tenure, and saying he hasn’t been a good GM ever. To say that, if you look at it honestly, is just not fair.

First, look at his drafts since he has been the GM, starting with guys he chose in 2006:

  1. Nick Mangold
  2. D’Brickashaw Ferguson
  3. Eric Smith

I’d say these are guys that have been around a while, and have had a pretty strong impact on the current New York Jets, wouldn’t you?  That doesn’t even take into account guys that are still around the league, like Leon Washington.

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