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Mike Tannenbaum fired by Jets, Rex Ryan staying


The Jets’ miserable season ended with a 28-9 loss to the Bills on Sunday and the fallout from the mess they made of 2012 started early on Monday morning.

A little after 9 a.m. ET, the team announced that General Manager Mike Tannenbaum will not return to the team in 2013. In a statement, owner Woody Johnson also announced that Rex Ryan would remain the team’s head coach.

“This morning, I informed Mike Tannenbaum that he will not return for the 2013 season,” Johnson said in the statement. “Mike devoted 15 years of service to the Jets, and I want to thank him for his hard work and dedication.  Although he helped guide us to two consecutive AFC Championship games, we are not where we want to be, and a new General Manager will be critical to getting this team back on the right track.”

Tannenbaum helped put together the roster that went to a pair of AFC Championship Games in 2009 and 2010, but he wasn’t able to keep the roster stocked with enough talent to avoid a 14-18 record over the last two seasons. Most damningly, the Jets went into games with the least talented offensive skill position players in the league during the 2012 season and they never found a way to put an effective offense on the field.

Tannenbaum also made several questionable contract decisions in recent years, including guaranteeing money to fading players like Bart Scott and extending Mark Sanchez before this season. The latter move guaranteed Sanchez $8.25 million for 2013 and put a massive cap hit in place if the Jets decided to cut bait, complicating their quarterback position as they try to improve heading into next season. There’s a lot of work to be done to get the Jets under the cap heading into next season, something that will be job one for the next G.M.

Recent reports indicated that the Jets might try to keep Tannenbaum in a cap management role going forward while finding a new personnel man to serve as General Manager. They’ve opted not to go that route, though, and Johnson announced that the team has hired a search firm to help them find the next man to run their football operations.

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45 Responses to “Mike Tannenbaum fired by Jets, Rex Ryan staying”
  1. humbleminded85 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:23 AM

    Just like Vinny Cerrato, watch this guy not get another gig anywhere…ever.

  2. billsfaninmiami says: Dec 31, 2012 9:26 AM

    Good news for the rest of the AFC East!
    The Further Adventures of Rex Sanchise!

  3. searchingwithmygoodeyeclosed says: Dec 31, 2012 9:28 AM

    Rex Ryan and his brother are over-rated, loud-mouthed NFL coaches.

  4. jswheeler says: Dec 31, 2012 9:30 AM

    Let all Patriots fans commence rejoicing for there is another year of JETS futility in the future.

  5. mgpet says: Dec 31, 2012 9:33 AM

    That sounds like a great gig. Foundering ship with no talent, and you can’t pick your own coach.

  6. jakec4 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:33 AM

    I think they’ll be sniffing around at Eric DeCosta at some point. Eventually he’s going to get tired of being Ozzie Newsome’s man in waiting. Given all the Jets drama they’re still not a team that needs to tear it all down to get back to winning. Could be an intriguing situation for a new GM not having to start from zero.

  7. faulkner22 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:34 AM

    Too bad. Everyone knew that Tannebum would love to draft Mark Sanchez 2.0, aka Matt Barkley.

  8. sail105 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:34 AM

    So Woody caves into Rex’s blackmail scheme-he now hires a weak GM and ends up giving the formerly fat buffoon the keys to the kingdom, spending another year way in over his head (the Peter Principle is alive and well in NYC). Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch. Belichick must be laughing his head off,

  9. capone888 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:34 AM

    With no real long-term solutions at QB in this year’s draft or free agency, look for the Jets to stick with Sanchez for one more year as they re-build. The next time the Jets have a prayer at the playoffs will be in 2014. 2013 will be the start of the rebuilding process, and the countdown to Mark being let go.

  10. dizzack says: Dec 31, 2012 9:36 AM

    Now we know who’s responsible for the Tebow experiment.

  11. myasylum11 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:36 AM

    and when will they realize that Rex is the is the engineer of this train wreck?

    I suppose they will keep Tebow too?

  12. ravenmuscle says: Dec 31, 2012 9:36 AM

    Nothing sweeter than seeing neither the Giants OR the Jests make the playoffs.

    Oh…and throw the Yankees in there too…Jeetah and A-Rod are both ancient and washed up…New Yawk is the city of losers.

  13. howitzer819 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:37 AM

    Mike Tannenbaum is like that drunk buddy everyone has: when things are great at the bar, everybody is laughing and have a great time and your buddy is the wasted guy orchestrating the hilarity, everyone loves him. But then an hour later he ends up in the back of a squad car for trying to fight the bouncer over his choice of “Call Me Maybe” for the 32nd time, everyone just shakes their head and wonders “what’s wrong with this guy”. Shorter version: things are great, genius!; things are bad… not genius.

    In the end, Trader Mike did a few of the flashy things you like to see a GM do when you are rooting for a team on a long road to nowhere (namely moved up in the draft, hit on a pick here or there, etc) but he didn’t just leave the cupboard bare; he pulled the cupboard off it’s hinges and threw it in the Hudson. In order for this team to get any better there is simply going to have to be massive leaps forward (and I mean like really massive leaps) from key players that are already in house. Mo Wilkerson needs to accelerate his current trajectory, not because he isn’t a very good player (he is) but because “very good” isn’t going to cut it for a team with few options outside their own walls. The running game is atrocious and all the talk about “running back being the most fungible position” in football comes with a massive caveat: It’s not very fungible if the guys you are trying to plug in are Bilal Powell, Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight. The passing game… enough has been said about that, however, there are no Lucks or Griffins or Wilsons walking through Radio City Music Hall come April; just lots of Tannenhills and Weedens (and if you want to continue the pattern when it pertains to Matt Barkley, another Sanchez or Palmer or Leinart). The biggest, and only, lift for the Jets in 2013 is they are bringing the best defensive player (IMO, love Watt though) in the NFL back into the fold. Can’t imagine HOW much different the season would have been if Revis could have played 16 games, but you have to think a couple of games would have been affected if not changed entirely.

    In the end, I’m a sad Jets fan, and even if you disagree with me… be gentle, I’ve been through a lot this year

  14. harry1941 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:40 AM

    Good riddance. Lets get a GM that knows what he’s doing.

  15. jetfanfolife says: Dec 31, 2012 9:40 AM

    There is a Santa Claus!!! All the Jets fans wishes came true!

  16. supporthardhits says: Dec 31, 2012 9:42 AM

    By keeping Gas Ryan and Mark Buttfumble, Jets fans are guaranteed another losing season while other teams will be entertained by the spectacle of their dysfunction.

  17. geefan1 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:42 AM

    I can’t imagine why they would keep Rex or why any decent GM candidate would go there knowing he’d be stuck with that obnoxious clown.

  18. exibitsman says: Dec 31, 2012 9:46 AM

    I hope they hire a seasoned GM someone who’s has experience in being a GM bill polain would be the
    best choice for the JETS.

  19. raiderufan says: Dec 31, 2012 9:47 AM

    The ol’ force a coach on a GM move…Johnson is the head of this trainwreck and it’s not gonna get better.

  20. dionoil says: Dec 31, 2012 9:48 AM

    If you miss on a 1st round qb, you get fired. If you double down and extend the guy after that, I imagine your career is over.

  21. j0esixpack says: Dec 31, 2012 9:49 AM

    Every AFC East team is celebrating that Wrecks will be around next year!

    With any luck he will be around to destroy the confidence and development of a new group of QBs – their coach guaranteeing on their behalf that they’ll win Super Bowls, creating s circus atmosphere etc. etc. etc.

    Rex still must be a little sad he didn’t get fired – collecting the remainder of his contract while working at Ladies Footlocker is his dream!

  22. bigjdve says: Dec 31, 2012 9:50 AM

    Maybe they are going to let the new GM decide whether or not to keep Rex. Even better, maybe they want Rex to think he is safe then fire him after the other slots are filled.

  23. RexCanCoach says: Dec 31, 2012 9:52 AM

    Boy things must be really bad if Buffalo Bills fans are laughing at the Jets!!! How’d everything work out with your savior Chan Gainey and your $100 million bust? I would say that the city of Buffalo deserves better, but that would be inaccurate.

    Ravens = going nowhere this year again. Like the Jets who had 2 shots to go to SB, your opportunity came and left last year as Lee Evans dropped the ball. Enjoy your plight into mediocrity over the next 3 years.

  24. electionconfidential says: Dec 31, 2012 9:53 AM

    Actually it kind of makes sense to keep Rex one more year, especially since the Jets are stuck with Sanchez’s salary. Let the new GM have a year to work on personnel changes THEN bring in a new head coach who won’t have quite as much of the old Tannenbaum baggage.

    I’ll be surprised to see Tannenbaum get another job in the league. At the first of the season I thought A. J. Smith and Jeff Ireland were the worst NFL GMs hands-down, but I was wrong. It was Tannenbaum and the Jets will be digging out for a long time.

  25. lfarrell2012 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:55 AM

    The Jets have to now be the most dysfunctional team in the league…..Firing Mangini when Favre was the reason they missed the playoffs, hring and keeping Rex when he has no clue about offense, trading for Tebow for 2 picks and then dont use him, and then the biggest mistakes in my opinion- Not putting good receivers and OL in place……Officially they have replaced the Randy Lerner led Browns as the most incompetently run franchise…..

  26. jckid21 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:59 AM

    By firing the GM and not the head coach we now know what has always been assumed……Rex Ryan runs this organization. At this point why don’t the Jets ship just hit the iceberg and make Rex GM too. It will save them money and will be no different than the puppet they bring in.

  27. moagecu says: Dec 31, 2012 10:08 AM

    sniff around DeCosta all you want. he’s not going anywhere. Ravens renegotiated his contract this off season to guarantee him Ozzies job and lock him up for multiple years.

  28. rockthered1286 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:10 AM

    If the Jets want to improve their team in 2013, simply finding a new OC and GM isn’t going to cut it. I still think they have too many holes to address in the draft/FA (OL, WR, QB, TE-Keller is as good as gone, DL, S). They really need to consider cutting ties with Revis. Trade him for something of value while he still has it. Otherwise, they’ll end up continuing their downfall… which may be the plan for another 2 years to draft Johnny Football. Just saying.

  29. wnstonchill says: Dec 31, 2012 10:13 AM

    My sympathy goes out to Jets fans. As a Bear fan, I understand what INEPT is and the family pet system of ownership. Rex must give tremendous foot massages to be able to remain a head coach. He’s a classless human being and you guys deserve better!!

  30. jiggy3198 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:16 AM

    Thank you so much for keeping Rex Ryan as your head coach

    Singed dolphins, patriots, and bills

  31. acasar123 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:24 AM

    The Jets and their management have once again conducted themselves in a way which supports my contention as to what their most endearing quality is…to make us Giants’ fans even more grateful for what we have!

  32. pk2va says: Dec 31, 2012 10:25 AM

    Lets be honest – what other coaches out there would want to coach the Jets AND are better than Rex?

    For all the hot air he spews, he’s a coach that players like and want to play for. Plus he’s toned himself down a lot the past couple years.

  33. materialman80 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:27 AM

    How do the Jets keep Ryan after this season??? Can anybody explain that to me?

  34. pk2va says: Dec 31, 2012 10:27 AM

    Rockthered1286 –
    You forgot RB and LB as needs for the team.

    Ultimately, I think the Jets give Rex one more season (since they can’t get rid of Sanchez for another year anyways) and see where things go. In the meantime, they should build the team through the draft with guys that can fit multiple systems – and not just Rex’s. LAST thing the Jets need are guys that fit his system when/if he gets cut loose after next season.

  35. xerocc says: Dec 31, 2012 10:28 AM

    the circus act continues

  36. voiceofsweetness says: Dec 31, 2012 10:32 AM

    Good luck finding a GM that wants to work with Rex and Sanchize.
    Probably the worst decision possible.

  37. florida727 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:42 AM

    Rex Ryan. The Tony Romo of coaching. Vastly over-hyped and overrated relative to what he actually accomplishes. My sympathies too go out to all Jets fans. You have to endure this clown for at least the foreseeable future. Too bad.

  38. bobby927 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:52 AM

    This exercise already has failure written all over it.
    Why would anyone take a job where inept subordinates are already in place? Sounds like a puppet job to me.

  39. hdahs143 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:58 AM

    howitzer819 says: The passing game… enough has been said about that, however, there are no Lucks or Griffins or Wilsons walking through Radio City Music Hall come April; just lots of Tannenhills and Weedens
    I was feeling for you until, as a true Jet fan, you delivered that backhanded compliment about Miami’s QB.

    Tannehill is by leaps and bounds, a better QB than Sanchez could ever hope to be.

    He is a keeper. Good luck in your search for a QB.

  40. effjohntaylornorelation says: Dec 31, 2012 11:39 AM

    Can the NFL revoke the franchise from Johnson? Kinda like MLB takin over operation of a ball club? I cannot take another season of the blathering blowhard Ryan. Complete douche!

  41. rockthered1286 says: Dec 31, 2012 12:01 PM

    RexCanCoach says:
    Dec 31, 2012 9:52 AM
    Boy things must be really bad if Buffalo Bills fans are laughing at the Jets!!! How’d everything work out with your savior Chan Gainey and your $100 million bust? I would say that the city of Buffalo deserves better, but that would be inaccurate.

    Ravens = going nowhere this year again. Like the Jets who had 2 shots to go to SB, your opportunity came and left last year as Lee Evans dropped the ball. Enjoy your plight into mediocrity over the next 3 years.
    Look everyone!!! a bitter Jests fan who can do nothing better than take shots at a Bills team who just crushed them and jumped them in the standings and a Ravens team who made the playoffs for the 5th consecutive year and actually HAS an offense and a HC who knows what he’s doing!! What a rare gem this guy is!! Please, let’s all enjoy his humor and let him think we are laughing with him instead of at him…

  42. nyjalleffingday says: Dec 31, 2012 12:02 PM


    He’s better than Sanchez? What an accomplishment! I’m better than him too, big whoop. I’m so glad you know exactly what you have in Tannehill after one year (that wasn’t even a winning season.) Y’all said Henne was legit too, I’ll take you guys seriously when Tannehill actually, y’know, does something.

  43. bucsfan5000 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:20 PM

    Mr. Johnson,
    I’m available. I need a job.

    Matt Millen

  44. promickey says: Dec 31, 2012 4:26 PM

    The Jets built their AFC Championship final teams with free agents. They are now paying the price with a cap mess.

  45. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 31, 2012 7:08 PM

    Guranteed money for Sanchez? Come on man what were you thinking?

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