Tannenbaum's done solid job as GM

PFT publisher Mike Florio continues to take cheap shots at Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum, a man he doesn't know.

"As the Jets continue to search for a new head coach whose primary job duties will include deferring to G.M. Mike Tannenbaum and taking the fall for him if the team doesn't succeed, the team has given second interviews to two members of the coaching staff whose captain was deemed unfit to continue in his job," wrote Florio on Sunday morning. "Also, multiple media outlets have reported that Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan will interview for the job for a first time on Sunday morning. Frankly, if the Ravens keep winning, the only way the Jets wouldn't hire him is if Tannenbaum fears that the son of Buddy Ryan might figure out that Tannenbaum should be selling insurance."

First of all, Mr. Florio, it was Woody Johnson who fired Eric Mangini, and not Mike Tannenbaum, so Eric didn't take the fall for Mike.

Secondly, Brian Schottenheimer and Bill Callahan, who are getting second interviews, are considered better motivators than Mangini, that is why they are being considered.

Mangini was fired because the owner thought the team lacked fire and passion.

Florio continues to portray Tannenbaum, a man he's never met, as unqualified for his current job.

That is very unfair and in my opinion inaccurate.

Has Tannenbaum been perfect - far from it, but if you look at his body of work, it's really not that bad.

Here are some of the players he has drafted - Nick Mangold, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Leon Washington, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Chansi Stuckey and Dustin Keller.

He signed the team's likely QB of the future, Brett Ratliff, as an undrafted free agent.

And then you can look at free agent additions like Calvin Pace, Kris Jenkins, Damien Woody, Alan Faneca and Tony Richardson from last off-season - all of them worked out.

And lest we forget the Thomas Jones trade from a couple of years ago. That was a steal.

It was also his idea to hire Bill Callahan as the offensive line coach. That turned out to be a tremendous decision.

Obviously, the Vernon Gholston pick and the Brett Favre trade don't look that good right now, but let's be honest, most of us thought those were good moves at the time.

Does he need to mellow out a little? Absolutely, because his uptight nature can trickle down to the team.

Does he need to improve his media skills? Absolutely, and I hear he's going to work on that this off-season.

But Tannenbaum has a solid body of work overall, and he's no longer a football novice. Over the years he has learned a lot, and now he is a bonafide football man.

And nobody will outwork him. Sometimes people around him fear for his health because he tends to overdue it.

Florio, it's really time for the Tannenbaum cheap shots to cease. They are way off base.


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