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Ryan-Tannenbaum power struggle coming to a head

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Back in November, an opinion item from Jets beat writer Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News seemed to be the first salvo in a power struggle between coach Rex Ryan and G.M. Mike Tannenbaum.  Now, a report from Mehta regarding Ryan’s desire to be fired if changes aren’t made could be the final effort by Ryan to bring the situation to a head.

Look closely at Mehta’s latest item.  While Ryan’s desire for owner Woody Johnson to spend money seems primarily to be confined to improving players and fixing a coaching staff that Rex effed up by hiring Tony Sparano to be the offensive coordinator, Ryan’s desire for change seems to sweep more broadly.

“The million-dollar question is how much dead money is Woody willing to absorb for 2013 with front office, coaches and players?” a league source familiar with the situation told Mehta.

This dovetails with Mehta’s prior editorial regarding the notion that Rex bears no blame for the current M-E-S-S (mess, mess, mess) because of a dearth of talent.  Though Mehta danced around the notion that Tannenbaum necessarily is the problem, the conclusion was inescapable.

It’s now inescapable to conclude that Ryan wants Woody Johnson not only to buy out Sparano’s contract, but also Tannenbaum’s, which like Rex’s has two years left.

Actually, that’s a better outcome than demoting Tannenbaum and hiring a new G.M.  Otherwise, the Jets would reach a new level of dyfunction, and if that dysfunction ultimately traces to a desire by Johnson to avoid paying someone for not working, he’ll be paying plenty of people and nothing will be working.

The next question becomes whether Tannenbaum will respond — and whether Johnson will react.  Either way, a team that continues to generate headlines for all the wrong reasons will be generating plenty more, soon.

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30 Responses to “Ryan-Tannenbaum power struggle coming to a head”
  1. juliusanonymous says: Dec 28, 2012 1:42 PM

    I’m so so so sick of hearing about the Jets. Who cares about that team? They’ve never been any good. Seriously… enough about the Jets and Tebow. I’d rather read articles about the Jaguars.

  2. fordmandalay says: Dec 28, 2012 1:44 PM

    The only way to fix the Jests is just to do a straight-up trade for another complete team – including all players, coaches, and front office personnel. Maybe the Titans or Jaguars are available.

  3. fuglyflorio says: Dec 28, 2012 1:46 PM

    Another low rent move by Rex. He’s just trying to make people believe he’s not the architect of the Jets disaster. Really bad form. Kind of cowardly too.

  4. floriostoupee says: Dec 28, 2012 1:48 PM

    rex looks like he wants a gd snack

  5. juspat2 says: Dec 28, 2012 1:51 PM

    As a Pats fan….all i can write is, “Please, keep Sanchez, keep Tannenbaum, keep Sparano, fire Rex.”

    Rex, though a pompus ass, is a good coach, but not great…however, with a real QB, and more control over his players and personnel decisions…the Jets might actually be good. Thank God for Tannenbaum and Woody!

    Sanchez is like Rob Johnson…cali-surfer dude with some talent, but not the heart, or the desire to play and lead as a NFL QB…please keep him Jets.

    Now….back to the 43rd showing of that Thanksgiving day game at my house- which is basically “Pats’ Porn”.

  6. jetsfansince1968 says: Dec 28, 2012 1:55 PM

    What a sad ending for this management and coaching staff

  7. barrywhererufrom says: Dec 28, 2012 1:56 PM

    The defensive coordinator pettine is the source for mehta’s story. The question is does rex really feel this way..maybe his former best friend pettine was really stating what rex believes..either way its a mess and hopefully the clowns will leave the room and the mess can start to get straightened out..if not Meheta better find a new source for next years mess!

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 28, 2012 2:06 PM

    Say what you will about Ryan, no one pulls an upside down smiley face nearly as well.

  9. rajbais says: Dec 28, 2012 2:13 PM

    Blow it up!!!

    You never re-sign the players that did good enough things for you hey you did not draft good enough. The coaching staff is a mess and there is only decline ahead. Save yourselves and fans from the biggest kind of misery that Lies ahead. Just go look at the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Diego Chargers. They both stayed status quo and went nowhere like you are right now!

  10. richcranium2112 says: Dec 28, 2012 2:18 PM

    Nothing to see here, keep moving along!

    YES, you keep moving, there is nothing to see here……the vomitorium is on yo

  11. zeke2517 says: Dec 28, 2012 2:19 PM

    “I’m so so so sick of hearing about the Jets. Who cares about that team?”

    I don’t know… Maybe the guy who clicked on this article?

  12. xsorethumbx says: Dec 28, 2012 2:25 PM

    Rex should write a book about how great of a coach he is and how long the Jets will be the powerhouse team in the AFC. I think it will sell really well

    play like a JET

  13. thelastpieceofcheese says: Dec 28, 2012 2:35 PM

    Isn’t Mehta Howard’s Mr. Methane/

  14. bittersportspills says: Dec 28, 2012 2:42 PM

    I am excited to read more about the Jets. I am sad Tim Tebow wasnt mentioned in the article.
    More Jets please!

  15. timebandit24 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:03 PM

    juspat2 says:
    Dec 28, 2012 1:51 PM
    As a Pats fan….all i can write is, “Please, keep Sanchez, keep Tannenbaum, keep Sparano, fire Rex.”

    Rex, though a pompus ass, is a good coach, but not great…however, with a real QB, and more control over his players and personnel decisions…the Jets might actually be good. Thank God for Tannenbaum and Woody!

    Sanchez is like Rob Johnson…cali-surfer dude with some talent, but not the heart, or the desire to play and lead as a NFL QB…please keep him Jets.

    Now….back to the 43rd showing of that Thanksgiving day game at my house- which is basically “Pats’ Porn”.

    ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC.

  16. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:13 PM

    “The million-dollar question is how much dead money is Woody willing to absorb for 2013 with front office, coaches and players?”

    Given his past record, not very much. Maybe a $1.10 and a bag of used footballs.

  17. riverhorsey says: Dec 28, 2012 3:19 PM

    Tannenbaum has got everything Ryan wanted and he paid some big bucks to boot. I think Ryan needs to go he’s lost control of the locker room and that’s on him to.

  18. juspat2 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:36 PM

    @timebandit24:

    yes, i agree, the JETS are “ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC”

  19. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 28, 2012 3:43 PM

    This whole saga is pathetic. Bills destroy the Jets tomorrow.

  20. patriots123456 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:46 PM

    In the end after implosion, they begin to eat their own.

  21. floriostoupee says: Dec 28, 2012 3:57 PM

    @juspat2 –

    claiming to watch a regular season game 43 times in 5 weeks just shows how much the jets are under your skin. you cheer for a team that consistently wins, consistently competes at a high level, and the joy you take is in the dismantling of a team in chaos?

    pats’-porn indeed. have you ever kissed a girl?

  22. winninitall says: Dec 28, 2012 4:00 PM

    Instead of firing Sparano, why not demote him to Ball-Boy.

  23. lawyermalloy says: Dec 28, 2012 4:11 PM

    Rex DID NOT hire Tony Sparano; Woody and Tannebaum did. Just like when he was hired, Woody forbid him from bringing in his own offensive coordinator and forced Shottenhimer on him.

  24. j0esixpack says: Dec 28, 2012 4:48 PM

    Rex is lobbying to be fired so he can collect his full pay while working at Ladies Footlocker for pocket change.

  25. mazblast says: Dec 28, 2012 5:40 PM

    If Woody Johnson was football smart, he’d fire Tannenbaum, Ryan, plus Sparano and all of the other assistant coaches.

    However, while Woody is rich, he’s not football smart.

  26. pisano says: Dec 28, 2012 6:39 PM

    Get rid of them both, and give Sanchez the boot altogether.

  27. dietrich43 says: Dec 28, 2012 7:59 PM

    Rex wants out, so he can win a title in a third city after winning two in San Diego and two more in New York.

  28. jkaflagg says: Dec 28, 2012 8:41 PM

    When a team is built around knuckleheads, immature players and big egos, the window to win will be short until those factors cause the team to self-destruct…..and for the Jets, that window appears to have closed. Adding a media distraction like Tebow is just the icing on the dysfunctional cake…..I kind of like Rex, but he may need a fresh start elsewhere.

  29. bigbamboom1 says: Dec 28, 2012 9:51 PM

    Rex wants out of NY so he can try to grab Lovie Smith’s job in Chicago. He’s thinking that’s the fastest way to the SuperBowl. Just like his Dad. But no way, ho how. He has really hurt his future Head Coaching prospects with all of his buffoonery with the Jets.

  30. cmstrick says: Dec 29, 2012 8:36 AM

    “M-E-S-S (mess, mess, mess)”

    +1 my good man. +1

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