The New York Jets created another media circus this week when teammates anonymously ripped quarterback Tim Tebow. That controversy, along with a 3-6 record, forced owner Woody Johnson make a rare media appearance and lay down a verbal gauntlet this week.
"I didn’t sign up for 3-6,” the Jets owner said.
That comment is a clear indication that jobs are on the line if things don't improve -- and it starts at the top with the general manager.
But Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum went on WFAN in New York this week to discuss the topic. Tannenbaum said he’s focused on his work, not his security.
“I’m not worried about me right now. I’m the last thing I’m worried about,” Tannebaum told the radio station. “I’m worried about this team and anything I can do to help. And each week, we’ve had our challenges.”
Tannenbaum deserves criticism for putting together a roster with little depth. New York lost receiver Santonio Holmes and cornerback Darrelle Revis for the season, and those two players were enough to sink the Jets’ season. They are incredibly thin at receiver, offensive line and running back. Quarterback Mark Sanchez hasn’t developed, but New York might have to start him again in 2013 because of his recent contract extension. Tannenbaum’s draft picks also have failed to make an immediate impact.
It’s a mess in New York. But Tannenbaum and coach Rex Ryan should get one more season. This pair had two very successful years together in 2009 and 2010, followed by two subpar seasons. Next year should be a make-or-break season for these two.