Originally Posted by Dunnie
Not in any order ...
1. Putting all his eggs in the Asomough basket and losing.
2. Signing a massive malcontent to a 50 million dollar contract
3. Signing a bad QB to a huge extension for no reason other than to settle said QBs nerves.
4. Trading away too many picks at the expense of depth
5. Vernon Gholston
6. Wayne Hunter
7. Derrick Mason
... Keep it going ...
I'm inclined to forgive Tanny for Gholston. That was a horrible lot of first rounders after the top 4 picks, and if there were no trade partners, Gholston had to be the pick. If the Jets drafted any other player in that position it would have been met with equal venom, especially if Gholston didn't become the biggest bust in NFL history (which he did).
The others I agree with. Plus:
8. The entire 2010 draft. You can't miss on an entire draft, but they did
9. $40 mil to Calvin Pace
10. $30 mil to David Harris
11/12/13/14. Tebow. In a time when a portion of the fanbase is clamoring for a guy like McElroy, the Jets actually had a higher-regarded prospect on the roster who has already started some games, has a live arm, and some escapability. Instead of sticking with him, they go out and acquire a non-QB QB (giving up two draft picks in the process), and then bulk him up to 250 lbs, reducing the best ability he brought to the table.
I know many believe that Tebow was all Woody and maybe it was. But in that situation I expect Tannenbaum to find a way (whatever it takes) to convince his boss that mortgaging more picks on a guy who can't be expected to step in and run the offense is not a good football move.
EDIT: Toooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooon added another perfect example, with the Pete Kendall move that essentially crushed the '07 season.