The New York Jets are looking to make changes in the front office after a disappointing 2012 season, and the team is reportedly scouting potential replacements for general manager Mike Tannenbaum.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported the following:
The Jets are trying to beef up their front office, particularly in personnel, given their failing in the draft and free agency in recent years. But owner Woody Johnson is looking for a way to keep Tannenbaum in a different capacity, primarily as a negotiator/cap guy, sources said. The team has quietly reached out to potential candidates to gauge interest in the bizarre arrangement, including approaching Mike Maccagnan, Houston's director of college scouting.
La Canfora also notes that the Jets may find it difficult to attract a top talent to their front office under this structure.
Tannenbaum’s performance in his current role has been heavily criticized this season. New York is 6-9 and will miss the postseason for the second consecutive year.
Along with head coach Rex Ryan, Tannenbaum played a major role in building a team that went to the AFC Championship Game in 2009 and 2010.
However, injuries to key players such as wide receiver Santonio Holmes and cornerback Darrelle Revis revealed a concerning lack of depth this year. In addition, management’s handling of the quarterback situation did not go smoothly.
Acquiring Tim Tebow caused a media firestorm that only grew worse as the coaching staff refused to give him a chance to start at quarterback, and the team did not see a return on its financial commitment to Mark Sanchez.
Greg McElroy, who began the season as the third-stringer, will now finish the year as the team’s starter.
With a series of decisions that did not pay off, Tannenbaum has had to shoulder much of the blame for the Jets’ lackluster campaign. It is unsurprising that Woody Johnson is exploring different options, and there are likely to be significant changes in New York before the 2013 season starts.