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Mike Tannenbaum is a Standup Guy

By Alan Schechter

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

There is a lot that has been said about former general manager Mike Tannenbaum, and with good reason. After good work early in his tenure, he broke the roster down with some very bad moves, leaving us with what we had at the end of the 2012 season. The idea that he needed to go was probably the understatement of the year.

But, one thing is for sure. Mike Tannenbaum is a standup guy. His character is above reproach, which is saying a lot about a guy who just got fired from his job.

For anyone who didn’t hear it, Mike Tannenbaum made the rounds on “Radio Row” this week,doing interviews with, among others, Mike Francesa and ESPN radio here in New York. Among other topics that were discussed, one big one was the Tim Tebow trade. Tannenbaum, in each and every occasion, took responsibility for the trade, saying he was the one with the final decision.

This is the mark of a standup guy. Most of us, if not all, didn’t believe him. I mean, come on, when your owner says, “You can never have too much Tebow”, it’s hard to fathom that he had NOTHING to do with making the decision. We all believe it was Woody’s call. Mike Tannenbaum could have fueled that. He could have told the whole world that he thought it was a bad idea, and thrown Woody under the bus.

But, he didn’t do that. He continued to toe the company line, even though he doesn’t work for that company anymore. He took the blame, saying that the decision to bring Tim here was his. He stood by Woody Johnson and the Jets, even though he doesn’t have to anymore. He did this because despite everything, Mike Tannenbaum is a guy with a great deal of character.

Tannenbaum said to Francesa that he is a “free agent”, and keeping his options open. He may, or may not, get offers from team front office’s. Whatever offers he gets, and wherever he ends up, that employer will be getting a high character, loyal employee.

Why? Because Mike Tannenbaum is a standup guy.