Mike Tannenbaum is a man under fire. Why shouldn’t he be? He had a 2012 draft that many had a lot of questions about. The jury is still out there on the 2012 draft class, but there certainly is no argument that other defensive rookies have out performed Quinton Coples, see Chandler Jones as an example. Stephen Hill certainly hasn’t set the world on fire either. This roster certainly leaves a lot to be desired, doesn’t it? How long did we cry for a running back to be added? WE STILL ARE! Yet, we don’t see one. Cedric Benson and Ryan Grant could have BOTH been Jets, but neither of them are.
What about the wide receivers? That has been a revolving door. Jason Hill coming in and out as much as Billy Martin in the 70s and 80s with the Yankees is the best example. It’s also been a group that, aside from Jeremy Kerley, wouldn’t make a whole lot of NFL practice squads. But yet, we have been forced into battle with this group. Jets fans have begged, pleaded, and begged some more for weapons, but the parade of no-names continues. That is, until now.
Braylon Edwards was, and is, a fan favorite with us. He is clearly a guy that had great chemistry with the incumbent quarterback, Mark Sanchez. Many have been calling for his return since the beginning of the 2012 season, some even during this past off-season. Now, it has happened. Braylon is back, and the Jets fan base, for the most part, thrilled. My question is, is the move a game changer for Mike Tannenbaum? Could he have saved his job with this move?
Many may not want to hear this, but I think the answer may just be yes.
Take a look at the guy that would be making the move to remove Mike Tannenbaum, if that is the move to be made. Woody Johnson. There is a lot that can be said about this guy, but one thing undeniable is that he is short-sighted, especially recently. He likes to make big, splashy, short term moves when the Jets come up short. 2008, after the Jets didn’t make the playoffs, he brought in Brett Favre. He caused a big stir, bringing “Broadway Brett” to town. Was this a move for the long term? Of course not. Whether he was going to make a move to the Vikings or not, which we all knew he was going to do, he wasn’t the future. Even if he wasn’t using us, which he was, he certainly wasn’t the long term answer. But it was a quick fix. That is a sign of being short-sighted.