Florham Park, NJ (Sports Network) - Mike Tannenbaum has been fired as the
general manager of the New York Jets, chairman and CEO Woody Johnson announced
in a statement Monday.
"This morning, I informed Mike Tannenbaum that he will not return for the 2013
season," Johnson said. "Mike devoted 15 years of 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
Tannenbaum joined the Jets in 1997 as the director of player contract
negotiations and served in a variety of administrative football management
positions before being named as the GM in 2006.
Under his tenure, New York amassed a 57-55 record and advanced to back-to-back
conference championships in 2009 and 2010.
But the team has failed to finish the season with a winning record over the
past two seasons, falling to 8-8 in 2011 and finishing this past season with a
6-10 mark to fall into last place in the AFC East.
Despite the fall, Johnson also announced on Monday that head coach Rex Ryan
will keep his job.
"I believe that he has the passion, the talent, and the drive to successfully
lead our team," Johnson said about Ryan.
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