2006-02-10 / Sports

Jets Dismiss Bradway, Name Tannenbaum General Manager

By Joe McDonald

HEMPSTEAD, NY – The New York Jets’ management youth movement continues.

In a surprising move, the organization announced last Tuesday that general manager Terry Bradway will be taking a reduced role as a consultant of player personal and replaced by 36 year-old Mike Tannenbaum.

“With the season officially over and our new head coach in place, it’s time to set the team on a new course,” owner Woody Johnson said at a press conference on Tuesday.

“The Jets will not be defined by the challenges we faced in a single season, rather how we overcome them by embracing change and taking calculated risks.”

The first gamble was taken in 1997 by coach Bill Parcells when he took on Tannenbaum as a salary cap expert. Like Mangini – who the new GM was influential in hiring - he has 12 years of experience in the NFL and slowly moved up the ladder.

Though he was never a player personal man, the new general manager says all those decisions will be finalized by him after listening to his coach and scouting staff.

“My job is to get the head coach players,” Tannenbaum said. “We will look under every rock, every day.”

The new regime’s first task will be the draft, where the Jets own the fourth pick and because of possible salary cap issues – which can see the team $30 million over the cap – Tannenbaum will be bringing in a cap expert, but says no other additions to the front office will be made.

“I think we are well staffed,” he said. “We are going to work for the first day of the new year and work through that from a personnel standpoint.”

Having a young GM to go along with a young head coach also makes the organization consistent. They will be hard working to fix the mess this organization is in.

Tannenbaum said: “I eagerly accept this challenge and understand that, although there will be bumps along the way, as long as we stay convicted to our core goals we can accomplish everything we set out to do.

Because that’s how you build a winning team to succeed in the NFL in today’s environment.” Now it’s time to see if the new general manager will be able to bring the Jets to the next level.

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