Official: Tannenbaum Fired, Rex Ryan Staying Put
Florham Park, NJ- Bye-bye Tanny.
Everyone knew this was coming, but Woody Johnson wasn’t about to wait around for a reporter to officially break the news. At 9:14 this morning Johnson sent out a press release via email confirming all of our suspicions as he relieved General Manager Mike Tannenbaum of his duties and expressed his confidence and belief in Rex Ryan to continue to lead this team.
“Our 2012 season was a disappointment to all of us. My goal every year as an owner is to build a team that wins consistently. This year we failed to achieve that goal.” Johnson said to begin the press release. “This morning I informed Mike Tannenbaum that he will not return for the 2013 season. Mike devoted 15 years of the 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.”
Johnson said the search for a new General Manager will, “start immediately.”
“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. When we have updates on this process, we will provide them to our fans and the media.”
Tannenbaum has been on the receiving end of endless criticism for bad free-agent decisions, failure to acquire any type of depth, draft pick misses and even though he is known as a “cap-guy,” he has handcuffed this team by paying out too much guaranteed money to players who failed to play anywhere near the level as their salaries would suggest the should. The Jets fielded an offense completely devoid of talent and although the move just became official, it was a move long overdue.
While the search for a new General Manager has already begun, there will be no search for a new Head Coach (an announcement on the firing of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano is still expected at some point later today).
“Rex Ryan will remain the Head Coach of our football team.” Johnson said, “I believe that he has the passion, the talent, and the drive to successfully lead our team.”
“Like all Jets fans, I am disappointed with this year’s results.” Johnson said to end his press release. “However, I am confident that this change will best position our team for greater success going forward.”
Stay tuned for more news and updates from what will most likely be the most satisfying day of the season for many Jets fans, Black Monday/clean-out day.