Note to Woody Johnson: Cut Ties with Mike Tannenbaum

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Sep 25, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets owner Woody Johnson (center), coach Rex Ryan (left) and general manager Mike Tannenbaum on the sidelines before the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like they are looking to the heavens, trying to figure out what to do, doesn’t it? Sometimes it’s tough to figure out, especially when you have as loyal a group that you seen in that picture to the right. Woody Johnson, Mike Tannenbaum, and Rex Ryan have been here a while now, and are loyal to each other.

But it’s a winning business, and when you don’t win, change has to be made. Mike Tannenbaum has been here a long time, actually pre-dating Woody Johnson. Mike was brought into the organization as a cap guy in 1997 by Bill Parcells. As we all know, Mike has remained in the organization in various positions, until becoming the general manager in 2006. Needless to say, it has been an up and down ride with Tanny as the GM, with some highs (AFC title games), and lows (the last two years).

Following the game on Sunday, we begin to hear rumors that owner Woody Johnson is beginning to look for GM replacements. This news obviosly set Jets fans off to rejoice. We can finally get rid of Mike and get a good talent evaluator in the building, we all thought. We are still thinking that, but yesterday the search news came with a caveat that nobody was happy with. That caveat being that Woody would like to keep Mike Tannenbaum in the organization in a lesser role, such as managing the salary cap.

Note to Woody Johnson:…..BAD IDEA! We must get rid of all ties with Mike Tannenbaum if anyone really wants to have hope for change. Let’s talk about it.

First of all, you have to look at it from the potential new GM’s perspective. Think about it, if you were hired to do a job, but the guy you were replacing was still going to be around, would you take that job? Probably not. You certainly wouldn’t feel comfortable in that job if you took it. Why would Bill Polian, for example, come here, if the Jets are going to keep Mike Tannenbaum in the fold? Why not just stay with ESPN? A general manager has to have the full autonomy to make decisions about this roster for anything to change. Nobody is going to feel that they have completed autonomy if Mike Tannenabum is a few offices away. If you want a new GM, you must get rid of the old one. Be done with it.

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