Jets fire GM Tannenbaum; Ryan retains job

9:08 AM, Dec 31, 2012   |    comments
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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 right track."

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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