The Jets should not fire Tanny in my eyes. I've thought about this for a while and I just can't justify firing this guy. No he hasn't been perfect but its very rare a general manager ever is. The Jets have a good team believe it or not and the faults aren't entirely his fault. There are certain things the Jets have put off that need to be addressed but overall, the reason this team isn't succeeding has more to do with players not getting it done than Tannenbaum ****ing up. If you don't want to read the roster analysis I just made you could just scroll down I guess. Its kinda long, maybe not all that necessary.
Mark Sanchez- He earned a 4th year to start and he **** the bed. Contract extension was a poor idea and something he should have learned about from the Holmes contract regarding guaranteed money. I don't think he expected Mark to be THIS bad and make him play a 5th year on the team seem like such an awful idea.
Tim Tebow- Woody Johnson's decision. Tanny and this team brought in Stanton and said that was all they were doing for the QB situation. Remember that.
Greg McElroy - Great 7th round pick at this point.
Overall: You get rid of Mark and get someone who doesn't really **** up (could it be McElroy?) and I think this entire team is different.
Shonn Greene- Can't play in September for whatever reason but he is a good running back during this time. A good player the Jets should really look to bring back in a 1b role.
Blial Powell- Powell is proving to be a good pick, looking like he can play the role of a September back for this team when Greene struggles.
Joe Mcknight- He doesn't get carries but he is a great return man. He should be seeing more carries. Simply doesn't for whatever reason.
Overall: Like what I see, almost enough for me to say that I could go into next year with this exact same core.
John Conner- Not Tanny's pick. This is Rex's pick and he busted. Just want to make that clear.
Santonio Holmes- He made a mistake paying him as much as he did but Holmes is a good player. Put someone beside him that can make plays and get covered consistently and you have a number 1 type receiver.
Stephen Hill- He's a rookie and he had a pretty decent season I'd say, unfortunately the Jets needed more from him this year. This pick needs to step it up next year.
Jeremy Kerley- Could be a great slot receiver. Adjusts to the ball. Fantastic late round draft pick. Should be noted that this was "Schotty's guy" in the draft.
Chaz Schillens- He's a 4th string receiver. Pretty good in that role.
Braylon Edwards- Tha gawd.
Clyde Gates-He has good potential and that's about it. Makes some good plays. This is irrelevant to continue to this point anyways.
Overall: Again is this a bad core? Not at all. You get an efficient passer and this core next season is going to look pretty good in all honesty. It can be better but mainly, it revolves around Stephen Hill's development at this point. He develops well and the Jets don't even need fixing for the future. I don't see the Jets doing anything important this offseason to improve it. And they wont need to.
Dustin Keller- This is the first player I categorize under the "is it Mike Tannenbaum's fault" list. Is it his fault Keller never grew to his potential? Keller is exactly like Jermichael Finley and Pettigrew. He could have been a top 10 tight end in this league, flashed a few times and then just disappointed. He could go somewhere and be something special but he'll probably just be what he always has been here. Time to wave goodbye and realize this isn't Tanny's fault.
D'brickashaw Ferguson- Gets paid a lot of money and has truly earned it this season. Bounced back well, made his contract worth it.
Matt Slauson- Is it Tanny that's forcing the team to sub out Slauson for Ducasse? Hope not. Slauson is a good player and should keep seeing reps. Very late round pick guys... just something to note.
Nick Mangold- Probably a top 3 center in the league in a mediocre year. Mangold has been a great pick and the reason for a ton of success the Jets have had.
Brandon Moore- Old age may be catching up to him but he hasn't played like it recently.
Austin Howard- His only mistake was trusting his offensive line coach and the team long enough to think Hunter could actually play for the team this year. Regardless, Howard has been great in comparison. Nothing special but this is a practice squad player the Jets signed. He's been good enough.
Vlad Ducasse- If the Jets decide to let Brandon Moore go and the Jets start Ducasse in his place, if he doesn't have success necessary, Tanny bites the dust.
Overall: Don't let people trick you with the "OMG Mark is always pressured." This is a good offensive line. Its not 2008, 2009 or even 2010 good but its far from bad. Without Wayne Hunter, the Jets have proved the offensive line is back.
Overall Offense: Offense isn't as bad as it looks on Sundays. I loved Mark but I truly believe upon review he is the downfall. There aren't superstars here but I don't think you need superstars, you need efficiency. The Jets can get an efficient quarterback and this team is no different than the past teams that made runs at the AFC Championships.
Mo Wilkerson- The dude is a straight up stud. Honestly, with all things considered, only 3-4 defensive end I'd rather have right now is JJ Watt. First round pick that has been great.
Mike Devito- I've always been tough on Devito because Jet fans think he is so underrated and I've always thought he was just mediocre. But the fact is, the guy has been a decent starter for multiple years as an undrafted free agent. Good player.
Quinton Coples- Really excited for what he might become. His lack of playing time will disappear next year and I think he will be making plays for us. He's a good player.
Overall: Depends on if we switch to a 4-3 here but this is a pretty good group of players. Mo's dominance shows that it really doesn't matter what pick you end up with in the draft because there are superstars all over.
Sione Pouha- Is it Tanny's fault he has completely under performed? Nope. Categorize it. Sione was good but he's had a bad season. This is a perfect example of a player getting a general manager in trouble. I don't think very many people said "Let Pouha go" last season. But he's been pretty bad this year and is a reason for defensive problems. I wonder how much the Jets can save by cutting him.
Kenrick Ellis- He has to get better but I think its time for him to get the reps necessary.
Calvin Pace- There was a time where Calvin Pace was a pass rusher. Now he's too old. That said, he is actually good at containing the run and isn't that bad. But he has to go because he's not good enough in coverage and its time to get a pass rusher.
Bryan Thomas- See Calvin Pace, copy and paste it here for me.
Garrett McIntyre- Pretty good at what he does. Far from elite and no Cam Wake but this is a CFL talent who really isn't too bad.
Vernon Gholston- I'm putting this here because its relevant. We went for a passrusher and it didn't work. 2008 wasn't that long ago. Category this under the "Is it really Tannebaum's fault" again. You put me in that situation again, 9 out of the 10 times, I'm going to take Gholston in that scenario. He busted, that's all there is to it.
Overall: The Jets haven't addressed this position in years but they will do so I think. Just pray its not a Gholston.
David Harris- "Is it really Mike Tannebaum's fault?" The contract is far from outrageous considering what he can provide but he isn't doing it. He earned an elite contract because he put together some elite seasons. Is he overpayed? Maybe a little but not too much. He just has to play like he has shown he can.
Bart Scott- Great signing to start the Rex era and a huge reason the Jets had as much success as they did when they were really competing. He's basically done now and won't be back but for 3 years he provided goods for this team.
Demario Davis- Don't get why the Jets stopped giving him reps after the Patriots game. I think he is very good and will be very good for this team.
Overall: Depends on if we switch to a 4-3 this year but the Jets got Demario who will be on the team for a while me thinks. David Harris better step it up.
Yermiah Bell- Good old veteran who has shown what he can do. He's been very strong this year for the Jets. Tanny saw the safeties as a weakness last year and fixed it. Give him credit.
Laron Landry- Has turned out to be a great signing. Not sure the team can bring him back but he wasn't a liability, brought back the Jet attitude the team used to have when we were really good and hit like a WMD.
Eric Smith- Jet fans begged for him to be cut but Tanny man'd up and did a smart move by keeping him. He's a good player in a rotational role.
Darrelle Revis- Revis Christ. But don't give Tanny credit, every good pick from the before Rex era is because of Mangini.
Antonio Cromartie- Dominant. The Jets traded for Cro and it's worked out brilliantly. He is a top 10 corner in this league easily. My biggest problem with everything Tanny has done is based around the Asomugha scenario. He nearly ****ed up huge with that.
Kyle Wilson- He's not great and I wish in retrospect the Jets went elsewhere. But I don't blame Tanny for the pick, I blame Wilson for not developing better. He's a pretty good nickelback.
Overall: Bold comment here but if Revis doesn't get hurt this season, I really don't think teams would have scored points on our defense.
Its easy to look at some of the things Tanny's done and get mad. But dont forget how much good he has done for the team. Don't forget how we got to the spot where we were legit contenders for a superbowl. And really, look at the fact that we went all in basically for 2010 and put ourselves in cap hell, yet the team never really decreased in talent THAT much. Most of the reasons the team hasn't had success falls on the players.
There is a reason we said he was one of the best GMs in the league not too long ago.