Terry Bradway couldn't talk his way out of a Jets demotion today as the team named Mike Tannenbaum the team's new General Manager. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
The following are select quotes from former Jets GM Terry Bradway after his demotion to “team consultant” and being replaced by Mike Tannenbaum.
*Quotes courtesy of NY Jets
On when the process of change began…
“You know, I've had conversations with Jay, casual conversations throughout the year, so that's all that's happened. I wasn't sure what a time frame might be, but I would think that yesterday was as good as any because when you make a change, and we've made other changes here to the whole coaching staff that's been changed out, there's some other things in the building, I think it's important that Eric get off to a good start with the right people in place.
The fact that, like I said, Mike is very deserving of this opportunity, I think the fact that he has a good relationship with Eric will be a plus to the Jets, and I know those guys will work tirelessly to get this thing done.”
On his role with the Jets…
“There's still time. I've got all this year and business as usual. I just don't get to talk to you guys anymore.”
On if his relationship with Tannenbaum is strained…
“Not at all because what you have to understand is my relationship with him is tantamount, the respect and trust between Mike and I and our families and everybody else. My wife Kathy called Michelle last night. We've got that kind of relationship. Like he said, he's been like a brother to me, and I want to do anything I can to help him be successful.”
On his emotions after being here for five years…
“Being serious, I never pretended to be somebody that I wasn't as a general manager. I could only be who I was. I'm a guy that's been doing this for 24 years. I think I've got a good relationship with people, I think that's one of my strengths, and I think I've got the people in this building to work together to do some pretty good things.
To say that I'm not the GM anymore, it doesn't bother me because I never pretended to be something that I wasn't anyway. I don't know if that makes any sense or not.”
On his future with the league…
“I don't think you can ever say never to anything in this league. I think I've got a few more years left. My job right now is to do whatever I can to help this team succeed from a personnel standpoint, and I'll do that to the best of my ability. Five, 10 years down the road, who knows what might happen? Five years ago, a little longer, we were all sitting here hiring a new head coach.”
On summing up five years…
“I feel good about the job we did. I think the record will show that we were 39 and 41, but we did play in five playoff games, we did win a division title, which hasn't been done in a while. We made the playoffs three times. I think there are other things we did, trying to create the culture, but for the most part, I think the people in the building and how we operated inside here and the way we worked, I'm proud of that, the fact that we did that.
So I think even in this building, we did a lot of things in this building, too, to make it more functional for our players, for you guys. I think if you were to go back and just go back five years ago to January 11, 2001, where the program was then and where it is now, even despite the 4 and 12, I think you'd say we did okay. We didn't win a championship, which is what we were brought here to do, and I'm still going to have a chance to contribute to some of that. But I think I did a good job and got some things done.”
On his biggest regret…
“Not winning a championship. That's what you're in this business for. The fact that the people up I*95 won three of them in the time that we're here, that's what we're striving to do, and we'll continue to do that.
I thought it was easy to win championships when I first got in the league. Then the Redskins got two of them and then the Giants. It's hard. It's hard to win in this league, to win consistently in this league. I thought we were doing some good things until this past year just kind of got us. Hopefully that's just an aberration.
I appreciate everything you guys have done. I know in this new role, obviously I'll talk to you even less now. I can talk to you about golf or some other things. But I know you work hard. I'm sure Mike will step up and be available in this whole process, and it will be good.”