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SBD/December 31, 2012/Franchises
Black Monday: Jaguars Fire GM Gene Smith After Four Years; Jets Part Ways With Tannenbaum
Published December 31, 2012
TANNENBAUM OUT IN N.Y.: Jets Owner Woody Johnson Monday said GM Mike Tannenbaum will not return to the team after 15 years with the franchise. The team will conduct a search for a new GM with the services of Korn/Ferry Int’l. Jed Hughes will lead the search. Coach Rex Ryan will return for the ’13 season (Jets). In N.Y., Mark Hale reports there had been "speculation Tannenbaum ... would be asked to stay in the organization in another capacity," but Johnson "instead chose to make a clean break" (NYPOST.com, 12/31). Also, in N.Y., Ben Shpigel notes Tannenbaum's tenure "will be remembered for drafting cornerstones like Darrelle Revis and Nick Mangold and his aggressive moves in free agency and the trade market that repositioned the Jets as contenders." However, he also failed to "stock the team with adequate depth and, particularly in the past few years, a meager draft haul" (NYTIMES.com, 12/31). CBSSPORTS.com’s Mike Freeman cited sources as saying that Johnson “isn't just unhappy with the Jets' dismal season.” Johnson is “unhappy with what he views as a franchise that can't keep its business behind closed doors.” League officials “are wondering is if Johnson's unhappiness with how the team is run will stop” with Tannenbaum’s firing (CBSSPORTS.com, 12/29).
START OF A TREND: ESPN's Adam Schefter said this is "going to be the first offseason, or postseason, where there is going to be a ton of general managers who are let go." Schefter: "We are going to see five, six, seven general managers who are sent packing. We never see that. We expect head coaches to be let go at this time of year. But general managers, for the first time, are drawing as much scrutiny and criticism and interest as ever before” ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 12/31).