New York Jets Begin Black Monday by Firing Mike Tannenbaum & Other AFC East News
Well, that didn't take long. The New York Jets have kicked off what is commonly referred to around the NFL as "Black Monday" by announcing they are moving on without now-former general manager Mike Tannenbaum in 2013.
The announcement was made via the team's official Twitter account on Monday morning.
Woody Johnson announced this morning that GM Mike Tannenbaum will not return to Jets in 2013.— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 31, 2012
Just moments later, Johnson announced that the Jets would be hanging onto head coach Rex Ryan for next year.
Tannenbaum has enjoyed some success as the proverbial shopper-of-the-groceries for the Jets and was the man responsible for drafting cornerback Darrelle Revis, center Nick Mangold, left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson and linebacker David Harris. He also helped the team execute trades to land cornerback Antonio Cromartie and wide receiver Santonio Holmes.
His shortcomings, however, are not as few and far between as Jets fans might like, especially not recently. He executed the trade to move up to the No. 5 overall pick in the 2009 draft to select quarterback Mark Sanchez, among several other questionable picks (cornerback Kyle Wilson, running back Shonn Greene and a host of failed picks at wide receiver make the list).
The Jets made just 13 draft selections between 2009 and 2011, with just seven in '09 and '10. The team's recent drafts have produced little talent to compensate for the many holes on the roster.
Whoever is playing the role of general manager may have to do so with Rex Ryan as their head coach, however, as Johnson also announced that the team would keep its head coach of the past four years headed into 2013.
Here's some more news and analysis from around the AFC East.
New England Patriots
Field Yates of ESPN Boston says tight end Rob Gronkowski had "a blast" in his first game back from a broken forearm.
Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com says that everything broke right for the Patriots on the final Sunday of the regular season.
Michael Hurley of CBS Boston thinks the Patriots essentially fulfilled the expectations that were set of them headed into the season.
New York Jets
Chris Gross of TurnOnTheJets.com says that Sunday's Jets loss to the Bills was a fitting end to the 2012 season.
Kyle Zamiara of BuffaloBills.com shares thoughts on Stevie Johnson breaking the 1,000-yard plateau for the third consecutive year.
Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News writes that while big changes lie ahead, the Bills savored the victory over the Jets.
Paul Hamilton of WGR 550 SportsRadio writes that the Bills must embrace change this offseason.
Brian Biggane of The Palm Beach Post writes that the Dolphins defense was frustrated in their attempt to slow down Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Andy Kent of MiamiDolphins.com shares some historic numbers for wide receiver Brian Hartline in his final game of the season and other notes.
Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald thinks the final score of Sunday's game says all you need to know about the state of the Dolphins: They are still a long way from competing for the AFC East title.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.
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