JETSerious: Role of New GM & How Mike Tannen-Bombed It

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Before I get into an explanation about the title, I want to tackle a couple of quotes that stood out to me today…

ESPN (Radio)

Skip Bayless on ESPN radio, referring to Stephen A’s quote…

”This is Woody Johnson’s way of saying ‘Tebow was my fault. I pushed it on Rex. He failed because of it so now I owe Rex, not only another year, but to (let him) help pick the next GM.”

While I don’t always agree with Stephen A Smith, I can’t argue with his point here.



Mike Francesa:

“If they (Jets) just failed in that scenario, why repeat it?”

He’s talking about the new GM, and how he’ll be in the same spot as Mike Tannenbaum… meaning if Woody’s team fails, Rex will stay and the GM will go.

Here’s my problem with it:

Francesa fails to mention that Mike Tannenbaum was in control, making the final say in personnel decisions. He’s a cap and numbers guy!  That’s why he got the ax! Not because he was in the middle of a Ryan-Johnson sandwich! Tannenbaum couldn’t provide Rex with the weapons that were needed on offense… and it was obvious all year.

Francesa went on to say that Rex Ryan gave his stamp of approval on every draft pick.

Adam Schein will help clarify…

Francesa is just using Rex as a scapegoat, in defense of his Parcells guy, Mike Tannenbaum.

Tannenbaum had the reigns when it came to making personnel transactions.

The next GM needs to have a respectable history, in player scouting and personnel decisions. With Woody and Rex in place, they’re only missing their 1/3.


Woody and Rex are a team. They want someone to take Tannenbaum’s old role… the role of collecting talent and handpicking players that fit the scheme.

There are 3 things that are consistent here:

  1. Rex will coach.
  2. Woody will get his publicity.
  3. The GM will build the team.

Yeah, Rex will have a say in personnel decisions, just like he does in the GM search… But he doesn’t get the final word. Woody Johnson notices the consistencies in the list above. That’s why he started talking about the organizational goals in the press conference; of becoming a stable and consistent franchise. Once they find the right guy to make these important decisions, they’ll have their foundation set.

So who gets the ax if this foundation falls apart? The GM you (Francesca) say? No. It’s the weakest link.

This time it was Tannenbaum… because of his inability to build a team with talent and depth.

Next time around, it could be head coach that is the problem. That would mean Rex would get the ax, right?


As much as Woody loves Rex, if the head coach is the reason for another franchise depression, he will feel the flames from his family, friends, and Jets Nation… especially if his reputation is trampled on through the media. Woody Johnson loves the headlines, but if he becomes the Jerry Jones of the New York Jets (making personnel, coaching, and draft day decisions) he will quickly emerge as the most hated man in New York and New Jersey. I believe he is aware of this, as well.

Let me explain… About a week ago, Woody Johnson came out with a statement saying, “We will have a firm guide us to our next general manager”.

If you pay attention to the NFL, The Dallas Cowboys, or Jerry Jones, you’d know that the Billionaire owner (Jones) would never seek help on a Cowboy issue. He’d rather grab a tissue.

This is why he is viewed around the league as an owner who is too involved in his franchise.

Now this next point may surprise you, but just take it in, before judging whether you agree/disagree.

Woody Johnson and Rex Ryan aren’t as dumb as their reputation through the media would suggest. Say what u want about them (regarding PSLs with Woody and his publicity fetish, not to mention Rex Ryan’s foot fetish) but these two are who they are. While remaining confident, they also notice failure when it’s staring them in the face. And Mike Tannenbaum was that failure.

Please take the jump to page 2! We will take a close look at how Mike Tannen-Bombed it…

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