Former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum Lands Job With Miami Dolphins


Dec 28, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins fans display a sign during the second half against the New York Jets at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

In New York Jets news, former general manager Mike Tannenbaum is being hired as the Miami Dolphins’ executive vice president of football operations.

Tannenbaum was the Jets’ GM from 2006-2012, which saw the Jets reach the AFC Championship Game in two consecutive years in 2009, and 2010. Although the Jets made the AFC Championship Game in back-to-back years, there was also a lot of mistakes from Tannenbaum and the front office.

Some of Tannenbaum’s most glaring mistakes occurred in the NFL Draft, as Tannenbaum missed on multiple first round picks. In his tenure, the Jets drafted Vernon Gholston, Mark Sanchez, and Kyle Wilson all in the first round. Those three players would be classified as busts for the Jets looking at it a few years later.

The Jets would also become a bit of a circus in his time, as Tannenbaum brought in QB Tim Tebow from the Denver Broncos, which to his defense, may have had a lot of pressure put on him from Jets’ owner Woody Johnson. Clearly showed on the HBO series Hard Knocks, was the disastrous situation that was the handling of star cornerback Darrelle Revis’ contract, which went into a lengthy holdout.

After Tannenbaum left, the Jets were in a total mess with their salary cap, and it is rather shocking that he is being given so much power with the Dolphins after what can’t be considered as a successful time in New York.

Last season the Dolphins hired Dennis Hickey as their GM, and after an 8-8 season, Tannenbaum has been hired full-time to oversee football operations after being a consultant for Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross last season.

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“I am excited that Mike Tannenbaum has joined the organization full time,” Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said in a statement. “He is an experienced executive and leader that understands all facets of the sports landscape. During his time as a consultant this past season, I was able to see his impact first hand through his commitment and passion for innovation and using every possible avenue to find competitive edges.”

With the hiring of Tannenbaum to oversee football operations, the Dolphins’ GM Hickey and head coach Joe Philbin could very well be in trouble next season if the Dolphins don’t perform better than their 8-8 record in 2014.

The Dolphins look to be heading in a good direction with the development of Ryan Tannehill as a QB, to go along with a good defense. However, with the history of Tannenbaum in New York, the Dolphins fans will have to beware of how quickly things change like it did in New York after their AFC Championship appearances, as the hiring of Tannenbaum could be an indication change is coming in Miami.

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