As expected, the relationship pictured to the right has come to an end. Mike Tannenbaum is out as the general manager of the New York Jets, and Rex Ryan is staying on as head coach. It was a move that we all knew was coming. Big changes needed to be made, as the Jets failed to reach the playoffs for the second year in a row. Woody, for what it’s worth, has not been afraid to make the big change, and he sensed that the talent on this roster was its undoing. Therefore, Mike had to go.
With Mike out the door for the final time, let’s not forget the good that he did for this team. He has to get a lot of credit for the championship runs for 2010-2011. I know a lot of people give Eric Mangini credit for the talent evaluation, but fact is that Mike was the GM, he has to get some credit for making the picks. His first draft as GM yielded Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson. We can all agree that there is no way we are in championship games without those two players. His second draft gave us David Harris and some guy named Revis. Those are pretty good picks too, wouldn’t you say?
Even his later drafts were not all misses. When healthy, 2008 draft pick Dustin Keller was a huge asset to the offense. He was hurt for most of 2012, but a healthy Dustin Keller was major to the passing game. Don’t forget 2011, which brought us Muhammad Wilkerson and Kenrick Ellis, two guys that both came on quite strong this year. Ellis is going to be a talented force on the defensive line, and Wilkerson is set to be a perennial Pro Bowler. Don’t forget Quinton Coples, who although didn’t have a lot of sacks, still led the team .
Mike Tannenbaum’s time here was not all bad.