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

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  • Vernon Gholston (’08)
  • Mark Sanchez (’09)
  • Kyle Wilson (’10)

Each in the 1st round.

  • Vladamir Ducasse (’10)
  • Stephen Hill (’11)

Both 2nd rounders.

These are bad draft picks. Stephen Hill has plenty of time to grow but he’s the only legitimate exception. Vernon Gholston will go down as an all-time bust. He also has a lazy eye, apparently.

To give Tannenbaum credit, he did draft  the likes of D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, David Harris…but it’s too unpredictable with this guy.

The issue that Jets Nation had with Mike Tannenbaum was that… he never added depth. Free agents like Darren Sproles could’ve been signed, and depth could’ve been added late in the draft. For the Jets to part ways with a player like Terrance Ganaway, who the Jets needed for depth, is unacceptable.

A good General Manager would know better.

The 5th, 6th, and 7th rounds of the draft are where good franchises build depth…. which brings me to the next topic….


Tannenbaum failed to add depth at virtually every offensive position. I think that sums it up, right?


“Trader Mike” got his name from the blockbuster trades he was constantly making. Acquiring Brett Favre, Kris Jenkins, and trading up in the draft for Darrelle Revis are just to name a few.

It was exciting, but unfortunately inconsistent.

Trading away fan favorite Leon Washington was a bad move. He was the heart and soul of this offense, at one point. For him to get treated the way he did was an embarrassment to the fan base… or me at least. Leon bounced back from his injury and made the Pro Bowl as a returner. Joe McKnight has done us well on Special Teams, but as a leader? I don’t think so. Leon Washington made everybody around him better, by playing his heart out.

Trading away Kerry Rhodes wasn’t any better. There was no one to fill the void… except Eric Smith. He’s notorious for getting beat downfield by athletic tight ends. Landry was a great pick up, but we traded Rhodes just after 2009…years before Landry jumped into the picture.

Traded/Allowed Veterans to Walk

  • Thomas Jones
  • Alan Faneca
  • Shaun Ellis
  • Damien Woody
  • Leon Washington
  • Tony Richardson
  • Kris Jenkins
  • Jerricho Cotchery
  • Brad Smith
  • Jimmy Leonhard

Although some of these players haven’t produced as of late, or retired, the reason I bring them up is for one reason…. Team Chemistry.

Who did Mr. T. expect to take over once the leaders had left? The players in the Jets locker room had a great amount of respect for these veterans.

Mike Tannenbaum misjudged the importance of leadership and team chemistry.


Tanny chose not to address glaring needs at WR, OL, and OLB (prior to and during) the 2012 season. He chose to sign Jason Hill off the street (dropping a pass below) and plead his case for starting Wayne Hunter, which is absurd.

When it got out of hand, he shipped Hunter to STL. leading to a Jet-Nation-celebration. It was a brilliant move if we got a piece of gum for Hunter. Austin Howard did his part, temporarily, filling a hole in the foundation… left by a Tannen-Bomb.

Mr. T never got the pass rushing OLB that fits Ryan’s 34 defense. Mo Wilkerson and Quinton Coples have been great and will be for years to come, but the Jets are back to where they started. The Vernon Gholston pick couldn’t have gone worse, and we’re STILL trying to recover….. again… a Gholston hole from a Tannen-bomb.

You see, every time Tannen-bombed it, another piece was missing from the puzzle.  Trading Rhodes, drafting Gholston, and failing to draft RB replacements for Thomas Jones, Leon Washington, or LT set us back.

The list can go on and on.

It’s the body of work.

Mike Tannenbaum showed me from 2009-2012 that he looks good standing on the ground and the Jets are winning…but when he falls and the Jets are losing, he can’t get back up. He stays down.

In other words, he has no resilience. I suppose you could say the same for Sanchez, but that’s why I believe in what Rex is doing. The impression I got from him in yesterday’s press conference is that… he wants his football team to reflect his personality. It’s a cultural mechanism for Rex. It worked in 2009 and 2010, going 4-2 in the postseason. He just needs the orginization as a whole to be confident and believe.

Mark, on the other hand, lost his confidence.

Rex makes it clear that he will never doubt himself. If Mark Sanchez can’t get his head straight and his confidence back, Rex will be changing the number on his tattoo, because they simply cannot coexist.

My intention is not to bash Mark Sanchez or Mike Tannenbaum, but rather point out their inconsistencies. Their failure to overcome adversity has been detrimental to this organization. That’s why Tannenbaum had to go. As for Mark Sanchez?

That remains to be seen…

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