The new GM isn't going to be comfortable keeping a guy that has such a close relationship with the owner within the organization. He doesn't need subordinates giving him the end around and appealing directly to the owner.
I think the Jets need to move in a completely new direction...the similarities to a past error/era are too familiar.
While the current Jets have not spent as freely (even though they have signed FA's) they have been very careless with their draft picks, and seem to be settling for inferior players. One of my biggest complaints has been the musical chairs played with the bottom roster spots seemingly on a weekly basis and the fact that these players end up seeing significant playing time.Ronnie Lott, Art Monk, Tony Casillas and Bill Pickel wear Super Bowl rings. Boomer Esiason was all but measured for one. But none of the other Jets know what it is to be on a real winner.
As the Jets' general manager, Steinberg has assembled players but he hasn't assembled a team. And the jury is still out on his choice of Carroll as a coach. Steinberg arrived from the Patriots with a reputation as a talent scout. But of his five first-round choices, only wide receiver Rob Moore has the look of a potential Pro Bowl player.
Blair Thomas never blossomed as a running back and is gone. Johnny Mitchell has yet to mature at tight end. Marvin Jones's development as a middle linebacker has been delayed by injuries. Aaron Glenn is a rookie cornerback.
When unrestricted free agents suddenly were available in 1993, Hess opened the Jets' treasury. Steinberg signed Lott and the since departed defensive lineman, Leonard Marshall; he used Hess's millions to take Esiason's contract off the Bengals' hands. This season he added Monk, kicker Nick Lowery and backup quarterback Jack Trudeau.
If it requires letting Tanny go to get a top GM prospect here Woody has to do it. There is no Bill Parcells waiting in the wings to come in here and sort out a mess in another season or two.
Bottom line is that somebody's going to take the job. Now if this person has enough gravitas on them, it will negate that relationship because of that gravitas.
And besides, the contracts weren't the problem. Who Tanny was giving them too was the problem. If he gives the contracts to deserving players (which the football guy would decide), then it doesn't matter does it?
And another thing, why do people want to work for Dallas? Jerry Jones is the same type of owner as Woody Johnson. And don't say he isn't, the evidence speaks for itself.
Last edited by Eckesg1; 12-24-2012 at 02:03 PM.
Honestly, this is an F-in Joke.
This isn't a fix it's just continuing to kick the problems down the road. It's not just the bad decisions it's the organizational philosophy.
Negotiate, really? He's done such a good job with the Holmes, Sanchez, Harris contracts - definitely need him negotiating!!!
What a stupid idea. Woody needs to get some balls and cut the cord completely with Tannenbaum. Someone like Bill Polian wouldn't even interview for this job knowing that Tannenbaum would still be in the picture. It just limits our choices too much
As for Woody being like Jerry, no. Not at all. Jerry will fire your ass if you're incompetent. Woody seems to have Rex syndrome, afraid to make the tough decisions over friendships.