Where did this attitude come from with Mike Tannenbaum? This “good enough” attitude? Don’t we want the Jets to be better than “good enough? To his credit, Mike Tannenbaum did a good job early in his tenure as the GM. A lot of people want to credit moves to Eric Mangini, but I am not going to do that today. If we are going to give him grief for poor moves that have happened on his watch, he deserves credit for the good ones. And there have been good ones. Mike did draft Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold, and D’Brickashaw Ferguson, among others. His reign has not been all bad.
But man, things turn South quickly. The last few years have not been kind to Mike Tannenbaum. Since the 2010 season, talent has left this team, as will happen in a league with a hard salary cap. The problem is that the talent has not been replaced. Neither the talent, nor the depth, on this team has improved vastly over the last two seasons, especially on offense. Despite the fact that the Jets want to be a ground and pound football team, you need to be able to score. This is not an NFL that you are going to have low scoring games in too often. A team has to be able to score points to win football games in the 21st century NFL. The Jets have not been equipped with enough weapons to score points, and that was brought out on Thursday night. In the end, talent wins the day. Thursday night showed how far and away, the Patriots roster is better than the Jets roster. Talent wins the day.
The Jets are loyal, sometimes to a fault. On defense, the Jets are loyal to aging players such as Bart Scott and Calvin Pace, and in some respects it is hindering the development of younger players. The Jets are loyal, and they are loyal to this general manager. Rex Ryan obviously has not had a great season, but he is doing what he can with the hand he has been dealt. He has not been dealt a great roster, and that is on the general manager, he can only do what he can.
Thursday night should have given Woody Johnson a huge wake-up call to this unfortunate set of facts. He needs to remove Mike Tannenbaum from his post, and either fire him, or demote him back to salary cap guru. The Jets need a talented personnel person to make the decisions, and give Rex Ryan more say in personnel. Change needs to come.
If no change comes, Woody Johnson will prove my previously mentioned opinion to be correct. That would be unfortunate.