Note to Woody Johnson: Cut Ties with Mike Tannenbaum

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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 USA TODAY Sports

Think about the direction of the team as well. The direction of a team, in large part, comes from the general manager. He is the final voice when it comes to roster decisions, so he must have a clear vision of what a team should look like. He must be free and clear of other influences, and have the freedom to get on the same page with the head coach. If Mike Tannenbaum is lurking in the background, this cannot happen. How can the GM feel free to formulate a plan, if the guy with the old plan is sitting right behind him? He can only feel that he will be overruled into the Jets plan from previous years. Why would anyone jump into that situation? They wouldn’t.

When a guy that is no longer the GM still has a voice with the owner, the potential for undercutting will always be there. How does a new GM know that if Tanny doesn’t like something, he isn’t going to the owner behind his back? This has happened before, when Mets players were going to the front office, bypassing the chain of command. How did that work out for them? Very, very badly, that’s how. The general manager has to manage a staff, and must feel comfortable with that staff. How can he do that if he can be undercut so easily?

Finally, why would you want to bring this guy back to work on the salary cap? Why do the Jets have problems next year? THE SALARY CAP! Who signed those deals? TANNENBAUM!! Thanks to the contracts owed Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes, the Jets have a rough go of it moving forward with regards to the salary cap. It’s going to take some fancy footwork by this front office to give the Jets a chance with the cap as we move ahead. Do we really want the guy fixing it, to be the guy that screwed it up to begin with? Heck no. Cap expert? I think “cap novice” would be the furthest I could go with the description.

Woody has the right idea to start looking for a new general manager. But now, take it all the way through by cutting ties with the old one. Do it. It has to be done.

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