Maybe Tannenbaum IS Setting Mark Sanchez Up for Failure

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Feb 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum does an interview in the hall after a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

During the offseason, I wrote a piece about Mike Tannenbaum, addressing some comments that he made proving that he is setting Mark Sanchez up for failure (check it out by clicking here).  Well, talk about foreshadowing………

It’s all coming to a head with Jets fans and Tannenbaum these day. The recent play of the Jets, combined with the injuries have shown the world how little the Mike has done to improve the depth of this football team. We don’t have to rehash the details of the performance, we all saw it.

I’m not normally a conspiracy theorist, and I usually think people are crazy that are. But, in this situation, it’s proving to be a little bit different, isn’t it? Mark Sanchez, other than the Buffalo game and moments in the Miami game, has not played well, no argument there. But what has Mike Tannenbaum really done to put him in a position to succeed? Has he really done ANYTHING? Let’s think about it.

First, the offensive line. What has Mike Tannenbaum done for it? The Jets couldn’t run the ball last year, behind this offensive line. Did they address it? Not really. They drafted a lineman, Robert Griffin, but he didn’t make the team. They acquired Jason Smith in the Wayne Hunter trade, but he is a stop-gap player that comes in for jumbo sets only. He is not a regular contributor. Austin Howard has been pretty good so far, surprising to some, but we still don’t know if he is the long term answer or not, it’s too soon to tell. Fact is, this line is not any better than it was last year, and to run the football, it HAD to be better than it was last year.

Thank your GM, fans! “Thanks Tanny!”

Sept 23, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; New York Jets running back Shonn Greene (23) runs with the ball during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

What about this running game? I am also a big Shonn Greene supporter, and have been, but he needs help. The years that the Jets’ running attack has been successful, Shonn Greene had help, from Thomas Jones, or an effective LaDainian Tomlinson. They are gone, so what did Tanny do? He drafted Terrance Ganaway, but didn’t keep him. Anything else? How about Cedric Benson, or Ryan Grant? Nope. He leaves the group alone, until this week. Who is this great piece that Mike Tannenbaum added this week? Lex Hilliard?! Seriously? A guy that played for Miami, and that Tony Sparano didn’t trust to carry the football? Is this the answer? I think not. How is Mark Sanchez supposed to succeed, if you don’t take steps to improve the running game?

Thank your GM, fans! “Thanks Tanny!”

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