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There was always a question as to how much say Rex had in personnel decisions as opposed to Tannenbaum. In firing one and not the other, Johnson gave his answer: He feels that Tannenbaum was more responsible for the shortcomings of the 2012 Jets than Rex was.
Heck, Tannenbaum may even be more responsible for the potential shortcomings of the 2013 Jets as well, even though he will no longer be with the team.
Poor drafts were a major part of the problem, but coupled with the team's inability to evaluate their own talent, the roster was quickly crippled from the unit that went to two consecutive AFC Championship Games in 2009 and 2010 to the group that makes up the roster today.