Has Mike Tannenbaum Lost His Vision for the Jets Offense?

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Sep 25, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum during the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Mike Tannenbaum is a wanted man with Jets fans these days. After watching the preseason, seeing the offense score 1 touchdown, and nearly get their quarterback killed thanks to Wayne Hunter, it’s understandable. People are genuinely worried about where this team is going, especially offensively. Many people want Mike out of town.

His career has not been all bad as general manager of the New York Jets, as we have outlined on this site before. Guys like Nick Mangold, David Harris, and Darrelle Revis, among others, would not be New York Jets if it wasn’t for Mike Tannenbaum. People forget that when assesing his time with the Jets. However, sports are a “what have you done for me lately” business. As a general manager, you are only as good as your last move.

After looking at this roster, especially after yesterday’s moves, you have to wonder. Has Mike Tannenbaum lost his vision for the Jets offense?

Oh, Mike hasn’t lost his vision for the Jets defense, that is for sure. The Jets needed to improve the pass rush and the safety position, as well as overall team speed. From what we saw in the preseason, Tannenbaum accomplished that goal. Antonio Allen was a curious choice to be waived, but Quinton Coples is turning out to be quite the beast. Yes, it is preseason, but being tied for the league lead in sacks can’t be a bad sign.

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Topics: Alan Schechter, Jets Offense, Mike Tannenbaum

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  • Dean Barbella

    Good article, Allan! I’ve been crowing all off-season that “Trader Mike” is a One Trick Pony. He knows how to trade up to land picks like Sanchez, Revis, or Keller; yet, can’t separate the wheat from the chaff with mid-round picks like McKnight, or Powell – and can’t dig out those obvious late round diamonds in the rough, such as Vontaze Burfict (ASU ILB, now on Bengals 53 man roster) and Bryce Brown (Tenn RB, now on Eagles 53 man roster). Instead, us Jets fans see guys like Ganaway getting claimed off waivers, and the rest of our draft Cut and Pasted to the Practice Squad, so Mike Tannen-Bomb can have his “Mini Draft” landing more unfinished guys like Clyde Gates. Bottom line is Jets don’t have depth, because Tannen-Bomb doesn’t know how to draft. He a lawyer, handling player contracts, and not a player evaluator. First/Second round picks like Gholston, Vlad and Hill or very suspect Boom or Bust selections and our act of depth on offensive line and safety positions speaks for itself. Not solving the obvious RT starter position since last season’s debacle alone is grounds for dismissal! Sanchez doesn’t have time to throw! We don’t have ground and pound! It’s been a carousel at wide receiver! Time to cut bait with Tanny!!!

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