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Former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum weighs in on what Gang Green should do at quarterback


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The Jets have a decision to make at quarterback.

Either go forward with Sam Darnold by picking up his fifth-year option or start over and draft a rookie quarterback with the second pick of the 2021 NFL draft.

Last season, Darnold threw for 2,208 yards with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He completed 59.6% of his passes and had a passer rating of 72.7, which was dead-last in the NFL.

Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence is a lock to be the first pick of the draft. But after him, the available draft options will be BYU’s Zach Wilson, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance and Alabama’s Mac Jones.

Mike Tannenbaum, who was the Jets’ general manager from 2006-2012, emphatically believes the Jets should draft Wilson due to his potential.
 

“Zach Wilson has the highest upside,” Tannenbaum told the Daily News. “He is a guy that in my opinion is really special. He can make throws on the run, has athleticism and accuracy. When the play breaks down, he can still do a lot of really good things. I think he has tremendous upside.”
 

Last season, Wilson led BYU to a 11-1 record while throwing for 3,692 yards, 33 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He also rushed for 10 touchdowns.

If the Jets don’t opt to draft a quarterback, they could continue to try and improve the offensive talent surrounding Darnold.

The Jets signed former Tennessee Titans receiver Corey Davis to a three-year, $37.5 million deal last week that includes $27 million guaranteed. They also added former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Kennan Cole on a one-year, $5.5 million deal.

Pro Football Focus ranked the Jets offensive line 29th and their only bright spot was tackle Mekhi Becton, their first-round pick out of Louisville. Becton’s PFF grade was a 74.3 which ranked 19th out of 38 qualifying left tackles.

The Jets also need to improve a running game that averaged 105.2 yards per game which ranked 22nd last season.

Improvement in these areas would help Darnold, but Tannenbaum — now an NFL Insider for ESPN — believes the Jets have seen enough to move on.

“I don’t like it, I think Sam’s a good player, I don’t think he’s a great player,” Tannenbaum said. “Zach Wilson has a higher ceiling. If I was the Jets, I would make that decision pretty quickly. I would trade Sam and get the best possible package.”

 

Tannenbaum is bullish on Wilson to the point that he sees the BYU star as the better quarterback.
 

“I think from a player perspective, Wilson is just better than Darnold,” Tannenbaum said. “I just think the player evaluation is so different between the two players, I don’t think it’s close.”

 

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47 minutes ago, Lizard King said:

“Engineer of HMS Titanic weighs in on future of British nautical travel industry going forward”

He was far from perfect but in case no one has noticed the franchise became one of the worst in the sport since his foolish firing after one down season.

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59 minutes ago, Sonny Werblin said:

His success was built on a foundation of Mangini guided draft picks and free agents who wanted to play for Rex Ryan. 

Here we go with the legend of Mangini??

How did mangini do without Tannenbaum?  And if he was this talent evaluating guru don't you think just one team would have offered him a position in their front office?

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58 minutes ago, Sonny Werblin said:

His success was built on a foundation of Mangini guided draft picks and free agents who wanted to play for Rex Ryan. 

he we go again. the great Mangini.

how can we forget the success of Cleveland after 2 years of Mangini guided draft picks. what a incredible foundation that was.

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28 minutes ago, nyjunc said:

Here we go with the legend of Mangini??

How did mangini do without Tannenbaum?  And if he was this talent evaluating guru don't you think just one team would have offered him a position in their front office?

well he did make the list of the 50 worst coaches of all time..B)

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44 minutes ago, nyjunc said:

Here we go with the legend of Mangini??

How did mangini do without Tannenbaum?  And if he was this talent evaluating guru don't you think just one team would have offered him a position in their front office?

Mangini wasn’t great at drafting. He was just a lot better than Tanny, which doesn’t say much. There’s a reason Tanny preferred having fewer draft picks. Even he knew he was bad at it.

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8 minutes ago, Sonny Werblin said:

Mangini wasn’t great at drafting. He was just a lot better than Tanny, which doesn’t say much. There’s a reason Tanny preferred having fewer draft picks. Even he knew he was bad at it.

So could I if me and you draft and without knowing who picked who all the good players were attributed to one or the other with all the busts to the other. 

When and how it became a thing that all the picks that worked out were Mangini and all the Gholstons of the world were Tannys picks

The GM hands in the card.  The GM puts his name on a pick.  I dont care who whispers what in his ear, ultimately he makes the choice

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Whatever Mike Tannenbaum says, I would take it like a grain of salt!!!! 

He literally destroyed the Jets foundation and went to Miami and did the same there and now nobody dares to hire him!!!! The only reason he gets an interview because he knows the Jets ownership and the way they think. But Tannenbaum and the rest of the media have hit into a wall because Joe Douglas has not let it be known what he is thinking or doing.

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2 hours ago, nycdan said:

Up next - Jim Idzik discusses the Jets plan to restock their WR unit.

Rex Ryan discusses who has the nicest feet... oh wait.. he knows a lot about that. 

Sorry, I screwed up and did this wrong. 

 

2 hours ago, TeddEY said:

Quarterback advice from the guy who traded up to draft Mark Sanchez (QBASE -439), and then proceeded to give Mark Sanchez (Actual DYAR -649) a massive extension.

Seems legit.

To be fair, he only gave him an extension after his plan to replace him fell through.. ya know.. which makes even more sense. 

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3 hours ago, nyjunc said:

Here we go with the legend of Mangini??

How did mangini do without Tannenbaum?  And if he was this talent evaluating guru don't you think just one team would have offered him a position in their front office?

 

3 hours ago, doitny said:

he we go again. the great Mangini.

how can we forget the success of Cleveland after 2 years of Mangini guided draft picks. what a incredible foundation that was.

You two should get together and start a blues band!

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10 hours ago, nyjunc said:

Here we go with the legend of Mangini??

How did mangini do without Tannenbaum?  And if he was this talent evaluating guru don't you think just one team would have offered him a position in their front office?

I don't think Mangini was a good talent evaluator; he just had an idea about how to build a functional team which seems like an obvious baseline for a head coach or anybody involved with talent acquisition in the front office. 

Look at what happened with Tannenbaum after Mangini left. The draft picks and FAs became considerably worse with no real plan in place. Some of that was undoubtedly Sexy Rexy's influence but then that suggests Tannenbaum didn't know to turn away bad ideas. Of all the players drafted after 2008--who had a good career? Matt Slauson? Bilal Powell? Any of those FAs go on to have good careers after signing here?

Mangini wasn't good at all. Tannenbaum was just that bad.

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59 minutes ago, rex-n-effect said:

I don't think Mangini was a good talent evaluator; he just had an idea about how to build a functional team which seems like an obvious baseline for a head coach or anybody involved with talent acquisition in the front office. 

Look at what happened with Tannenbaum after Mangini left. The draft picks and FAs became considerably worse with no real plan in place. Some of that was undoubtedly Sexy Rexy's influence but then that suggests Tannenbaum didn't know to turn away bad ideas. Of all the players drafted after 2008--who had a good career? Matt Slauson? Bilal Powell? Any of those FAs go on to have good careers after signing here?

Mangini wasn't good at all. Tannenbaum was just that bad.

 

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