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Is There a Rift Between Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan?

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Nov 25 2010; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum watches the team stretch prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Alan Maglaque-US PRESSWIRE

Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan. The two faces of the Jets organization over the last three years, standing side by side. It has been well documented that these two have had a good working relationship. But if you look at recent comments, you wonder if that is starting to change.

First, remember the interview that Rex did with Sports Illustrated, approximately a week ago, where Rex talked about how he did not want to choose Stephen Hill in the second round. Here is the quote to refresh your memory:

“Well, nothing told me he would (contribute),” Ryan told Don Banks of Sports Illustrated. “Nothing. When I saw the tape (of his collegiate play) I was concerned. But (Jets general manager) Mike Tannenbaum and (senior personnel executive) Terry Bradway and all our scouts were adamant about this guy. They were adamant that this guy can do it.

Yes, the interview was a bit tongue and cheek, as Rex Ryan often is. But, he never disputed the idea that this was not the choice that he wanted to make. He was overruled by Mike Tannenbaum and his staff.

By itself, not really anything to pay attention to, as coaches and GMs disagree about draft picks every year in every war room. But take a look at an exchange from yesterday on the next page.

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