On Monday the New York Jets announced that Mike Tannenbaum will no longer serve as general manager of the team. From Jets Chairman and CEO Woody Johnson:
“Our 2012 season was a disappointment to all of us. My goal every year as owner is to build a team that wins consistently. This year, we failed to achieve that goal. This morning, I informed Mike Tannenbaum that he will not return for the 2013 season. 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. Starting immediately, we will conduct a search for a new General Manager. I’ve consulted with a number of football executives and I have also engaged the services of Korn/Ferry International, the same search firm that conducted the NFL Commissioner search in 2006. Our process with Korn/Ferry will be led by Jed Hughes, who heads their sports practice and who previously led the General Manager search for the Seattle Seahawks, among others.”
This move comes as no surprise following a disappointing 6-10 season that exposed several personnel and cap issues for the New York Jets. Now the next question is whether or not the Jets will fire head coach Rex Ryan. Woody Johnson released the following regarding Ryan’s status:
“Rex Ryan will remain the Head Coach of our football team. I believe that he has the passion, the talent, and the drive to successfully lead our team.”
I am not surprised that Woody decided to retain Rex, but I am hoping that his opinion is subject to change. If the organization is going to start over with a new general manager, that person should have the ability to bring in his own staff. How many proven general managers are going to want to inherit a head coach? My guess is not too many and that has to be a huge concern for an organization that is in desperate need of a quality front office.
As of now the Jets have received permission to interview New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble. Bill Polian is reportedly not interested in the position.