Link: Leberfield sees Florio's agenda

E. Weeks linked to a very interesting article this morning (thanks again for covering) by PFW and NBC’s Mike Florio noting that Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum is sitting on a particularly warm chair. For those that haven’t read it, here’s a brief view into Florio’s reasoning:

Last year, Tannenbaum behaved like a desperate man, spending millions of dollars on a variety of free agents, while ignoring the quarterback position.

Until Brett Favre became available.

And if success is determined by whether the Jets made it to the playoffs, the various moves from a season ago fairly can be regarded as a massive failure.

Tannenbaum, however, didn’t shoulder the blame for the misadventures. Instead, coach Eric Mangini was fired, after only three years on the job.

The next time owner Woody Johnson decides change is needed, Tannenbaum likely won’t be quite so lucky.

It’s not necessarily wrong to say that Tannenbaum’s seat is getting warm. He stayed while Mangini went and if a new coach struggles, usually its the incumbent GM that goes. If the Mark Sanchez pick fails, then he’s definitely gone. Tannenbaum went for it last year with Favre and I will not blame him for it this far after the fact. Bottom line is it did not work as ideally planned and it resulted in Mangini’s firing and likewise, Tannenbaum being put on notice. That being said, Florio takes several pot shots in the article and Scout.com’s Dan Leberfield takes issue with Florio’s “agenda” after the jump.


This column isn’t based on any concrete information at all.

Just a lot of connecting of dots.

Is Tannenbaum on the “hotseat?”

Honestly, I have no idea.

Though his last major move, the trade-up for Mark Sanchez, in which he gave up very little, looks like a potential franchise-changing move.

Who knows what is going to happen in the future?

Well actually I know of one thing.

Florio will continue to destroy Tannenbaum on a regular basis.

With his new stature at NBC, Florio is going to have a lot more ears and eyes, so his personal grudges and agendas are now on display to a much wider and more discerning audience. What will happen the first time he is called out on air for something regarded as biased? Look, we all biases, it’s impossible not to, but the key in this journalism gig is to not allow them to influence the work. As I said above, Florio makes several valid points, but he also makes his personal feelings about Tannenbaum and the Jets known (as he has for quite some time). It’s up to his new public to deide how much they’re going to buy into that.