NEW YORK (CBS Sports Radio) — Mike Tannenbaum spent more than 15 years with the New York Jets, from 1997 to 2012, and served a variety of roles. First, he negotiated player contracts. Later, he was senior vice president of football operations. Then, he was assistant general manager.
And, in 2006, he became general manager.
The Jets advanced to two AFC Championship games under Tannenbaum’s watch, but he was let go following a disappointing 2012 season in which the Jets lost their last three games and finished 6-10. The Jets lost their last three games in 2011 as well, finishing 8-8 and missing the playoffs.
Looking back at his tenure, there are numerous things Tannenbaum would have done differently.
“I think some of the mistakes made were from the bottom end of our roster up,” Tannenbaum said Wednesday on CBS Sports Radio’s Damon Amendolara Show. “So when you lose guys like Jim Leonhard or Danny Woodhead or Jerricho Cotchery, it affects a lot of things – not just what they do on the field, but what they do in the locker room.
“Obviously we made a couple mistakes – trading for Tim Tebow most notably. But I would say beyond that, but we (could have done a better job with the bottom of our roster), especially toward the end.”
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