Why Tannenbaum Needs to be the First Jets Casualty

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Oct. 8, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum walks on the sidelines before the game against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Mills/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

Here we are again Jets fans. We are in the midst of seemingly another free fall. We have seen the play on the field, and everything seemed to come to a head with the situation yesterday.

So, how do we pick up the pieces? Well, there has to be changes made at the top, as we all know. Woody Johnson, unfortunately, isn’t going anywhere. Rex Ryan could end up being a casualty of this season, but to me, that isn’t warranted. The guy who needs to go, and I am not the only one with this opinion, is general manager Mike Tannenbaum. And it’s not simply because of not addressing individual positions. It’s the philosophy of building the team that just isn’t working. Let me explain.

Rex Ryan is dead set on running a “Ground and Pound” offense. That is his way, and we all know how stubborn Rex is. We’ve seen it, he doesn’t change his methods for anyone. As long as Rex is the head coach, this is how it’s going to be. That being said, his system makes it harder on the general manager. Why? Because the league is changing. The league is not a run-first league anymore. All of the good teams can throw the football up and down the field. Green Bay with Rodgers, New Orleans with Brees, New England with Brady, and the list goes on and on. The most successful teams in this NFL are ones that can pass the football at will.

That is not who the Jets are, or who they ever will be under Rex Ryan. He comes from the mentality of physical football, from his Dad, and that is not going to change. The Jets will always be a run first team under Rex. Can it work? Yes. But a whole lot of pressure is put on the general manager. In a league that is pass first, college football players are, for the most part, preparing themselves for such a league. Are there really any ground and pound college teams? They certainly are few, and far between, that’s for sure. That makes the general manager and scouting staff responsible for searching that much harder, working that much longer, to find players to fit the team that coach Ryan wants to have.

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