Part 2 with Tannenbaum

Q)Do you plan on bringing free agent Victor Hobson back in 2008?

Tannenbaum: Victor's been here for five years. He's played in a couple of different systems. He's done a good job for us. The lines of communication will be open with him and his representatives. I've talked to them recently, and we'll see what happens with Vic.

Q)Laveranues Coles wants a new deal. Are you going to give it to him?

Tannenbaum: I've seen Laveranues evolve into an incredible person from a standpoint of almost a Curtis Martin­-type of persona within the building in dealing with his teammates, his coaches and the support staff. He's a good football player and he's really a great person. I hope Laveranues is here for a long time. I've learned a lot personally from Laveranues. He's a special person in terms of what he's done as a human being and as a football player in what he's worked himself into from what he was at Florida State. I hope he's here for a while.

Q)Would you consider giving him a long-term deal?

Tannenbaum: Generally speaking, we don't comment about contracts.

Q)What about your policy about not giving players new deals with more than one year left on their current one?

Tannenbaum: We just deal with that on a case-­by­case basis, and every situation is unique. We're just going to take it person-by-person.

Q)What are your thought on the Pete Kendall situation in retrospect?

Tannenbaum: I've personally learned from that experience and tried not to let small things become big things and try to be more pro­active than reactive. With that said, I don't know if we had done anything differently if that situation would have worked itself out any differently than it did.

Q)What are your thoughts on how the offensive line played?

Tannenbaum: The line play wasn't as consistent as it needed to be. Sometimes they played at a winning level, and sometimes it didn't. That starts with me. We'll do a better job of trying to make the offensive line play more consistently in 2008.

Q)Did you overrate the team's talent entering the season?

Tannenbaum: I think about that quite a bit. It's about your musts and your needs. From where we sit, it's about attacking that seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Attack your needs, attack your musts. Did we have the right musts? Did we evaluate our team correctly? Maybe it's a little bit of everything. It's hard to say it was one specific component of the off­season plan, but it needs to be better for the 2008 season.

Q)Are you going to draft for need or pick the best player available?

Tannenbaum: I would say up until a few years ago it was always a little bit more take the best player available. Over time in the salary cap era, people do draft a little bit more for need. By the time we get to April, we'll have a better idea of where we are.

Q)Where are things at with Eric Mangini's contract?

Mangini: That's something we wouldn't talk about publicly.


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