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Mike T: Preparing for Whatever May Come

Posted by Nick Gallo on February 24, 2011 – 6:23 pm

While the state of free agency uncertain, all eyes around the football are focused on the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, and that includes Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Rex Ryan, who came in to scout the prospects. Tannenbaum addressed the media and discussed his plan of attack heading into the NFL Draft in late April.

“I guess philosophically I’m quality over quantity as it relates to the draft,” Tannenbaum said. “Every draft has its own story to it.”

In recent drafts the Jets have traded up to get their men, including when they selected Mark Sanchez and Shonn Greene in 2009. This year’s version of the draft will be different for most teams because of the labor uncertainty. With a number ofplayers lined up to become free agents, Tannenbaum and his player personnel staff are going about business as usual.

“We’re preparing like we would from the standpoint of the different silos to improve the team, be it free agency, potential trades, the draft,” he said. “From our standpoint, as we’ve told our organization, we’re going to keep preparing and we’ll be prepared whenever they say to go and whatever the rules may be.”

Ryan and his coaching staff are just as intent on finding ways to improve the team this offseason, and they’ll work hand in hand with the personnel side to build another Super Bowl contender. The interests of his coordinators, Brian Schottenheimer and Mike Pettine, will be in Ryan’s in mind when working with Tannenbaum and staff over the next few months.

“We have an incredible scouting department and a GM that knows the blueprint for success,” Ryan said. “So I really lean on Mike Tannenbaum and Joey Clinkscales and Scott Cohen and all of the guys. With that, the coaches get involved, and then we have an incredible process that we go through.”

There are many different ways the Jets could go with their first-round pick, including safety and outside linebacker, which have been suggested by many. Others, however have noted that nose tackle Kris Jenkins has torn his ACL in each of the last two seasons and there might be a few defensive line prospects available at the end of Round 1.

“For our defense, the depth is really important and we’ve tried to load up there,” Tannenbaum said. “There are some interesting guys. We’re going to sit down with some of them over the next few days and it certainly could be a possibility for us.”

Tannenbaum has been known to be aggressive with making draft day moves throughout the years, so don’t be surprised if the Jets don’t ultimately select at their current positions throughout the now-three-day draft. He did say, however, that since Ryan has come over from Baltimore, they’ve adopted a simple, effective strategy for the draft that he’ll take into this year’s event.

 “We’ll certainly take the best player,” Tannenbaum said. “We’re going to stick to that philosophy. It could be a pass rusher, it could be a safety, it could be an offensive player.”

The Jets have a fantastic base of talent and attacked the re-signing their “Core Four” of Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold, D’Brickashaw Ferguson and most recently, David Harris, who was franchise-tagged was reported to have signed his one-year tender, although the team would not confirm this. The draft is on a separate level from the normal offseason moving and shaking this season, and with many players due to be free agents, the Jets are eager to find a way to get as many of the same faces from the 2010 team back on the roster for 2011.

“All I’m going to say is we want all of our players back,” Ryan said. “We know that’s not realistic but we know we have an outstanding football team and we want them all back.”


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15 Responses to “Mike T: Preparing for Whatever May Come”

  1. By IRA on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Nick,
    Its great to speculate about offseason moves we all do it. And with all the unknown of how this offseason will play out with the CBA stuff there are many questions. One thing i know is that we are in good hands with Mr. T and his staff. He will have them ready for any possible scenario and i am fully confident that they will put on the field opening day another SB contending team. BTW i wouldn’t mind a J. Abraham clone at some point in this draft.
    GO JETS!!!!

  2. By dougmc on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    I still can’t believe Gholston is a bust, especially after Rex has for the past 2 years kept me hoping that he’s going to be good. He was supposed to be the next Lawrence Taylor and hasn’t broken the line-up or had a sack in 3 years. We have to fill this spot with Ayers or a DE that can get to the QB. If we loose Edward or Holmes though we will need to fill that spot. Even though it doesn’t always weed out the best football player, I love to see the breakdown of these guys at the combine and see who runs sub 4,4 and who benches 40 times.Awesome…Let’s Go Jets!!!

  3. By Paul on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    now please re-sign edwards, holmes and brad smith, then directly go after eric smith and t-rich guys! :D, i know u’ll do great getting a pass rusher, im thinking casey mathews but hes more of a ILB rather than OLB, and please try to sign O.J. Atogwe at FS! release vernon gholston :D, um perhaps J.J. Watt to draft if the dreadful patriots dont pick him up first, i hate the pats, so glad we beat him in the playoffs still have a lot to do! I have a feeling just like rex that jets r winning a superbowl next year! guaren-damn-tee it, doesnt matter what any1 else says. J-E-T-S!!! Jets jets jets! love that casino blitz ;)

  4. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Make sure Schotty’s not back and everything will work better, and not just on O. Rex won’t be as inclined to lambast the D for the crime of giving up 10 points.

  5. By IRA on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    EA’s interview with Mort is a good watch. Hey glad to see Rex talking again. Sure it may sound hollow to some but i believe for now the players like his brash approach and they thrive on it. Is it my style ? No but you can’t argue with success. They came up short year one by 30 minutes and year two by 3 minutes. Maybe this will be the year.
    GO JETS!!!!

  6. By GaryC on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    jets will need to get better depth along defensive line, having robert turner on goal line defense during the season just doesn’t cut it.you need to have a little more forethought.

  7. By IRA on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    dougmc,
    All you need to know about the combine is this. Look at how Brady and Mamula looked and how their careers took different paths.

  8. By GaryC on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    forget the namdi talk, zach miller likely will not be signed by raiders and think what the jet offense would be with keller and miller in a double set alignment.both can block for the run and you wouldn’t need both hartsock and mulligan.both are very good pass catches and you wouldn’t need to bring back both holmes and edwards and maybe save some money to bring in another safety.

  9. By Paul N on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Jets will do fine in this years draft, would like to see them add a feww picks if they could through trade, but with labor dispute probably unlikely. As for Rex Ryan talking trash in Febuary, can we please muzzle him NOW!!!!

  10. By scjoe on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    dougmc, I really hate the idea that Gholston is a bust! I was a fan from the beginning and I really thought at some point that he would be “the guy” That didn’t happen, but it goes to show you that you can’t take to much out of the combine results, a good athlete is not always a good football player. But you know what my biggest fear is? Once he is released, and moves on, that his new team strikes gold, that this is the year he puts it all together and breaks out. It would not be the first time a Jet is released and moves on to all pro status.

  11. By Jimmer on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Nick, since Harris already signed the tender, does that mean he’s a jet this year no matter what happens with the cba?

  12. By Randy Lange on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Jimmer, in a normal year, a player signing his franchise tender would ensure that he plays for the team that tendered him for the coming season. But this is not a normal year, much remains to be determined, and the best answer I can give to your question right now is “I don’t know.”

  13. By Mike Jet Vet on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    You Go Rex shout it out let the world know let all the draftees know we’re the bandwagon to jump on, what you Rex Ryan doubters don’t seem to understand and never will I’m guessing .. this is the age of big egos brash bold statements big $$$ the commercialization of football not our Dads game anymore ..Rex got us to the AFC Championship back to back with his big mouth Not Pats Steelers Colts Ravens Chargers Falcons Chiefs GOT IT.. Hey Rex give me a holla I’ll send you a bullhorn and throw in a soapbox

  14. By Mike Jet Vet on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    CONT..Please to all the haters I know Pittsburgh beat us this season I said back to back .. Scjoe don’t have to worry about V-G becoming a star anywhere else if Rex couldn’t make a football player of him no one can he took the chips plain and simple 3 years and nothing sez it all my friend

  15. By eddie on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    The jets need to improve on PASS RUSHER and FS..but we need a QB..back up..trade VG and if nnamdi wants to play for us..PAYCUT..lol
    Look this is not 1960 when people was scare to give an opinion.So what REX
    has confidence and speaks his mind.TRUST me..no coach gets or gets and extention saying..NEXT YEAR WE GONNA GO 3/12..every coach dreams of SB contation..WELL MAYBE NOT THE BILLS AND RAMS..lol..i know teams play us really hard cause they wanna beat REX..but so what..every team we play we get 200% from them..so i know we a few pieces away from AFC LOSERS TO SB CONTENDERS. schotty has to get over the hump..i blame the offensive side for our lost to the veteran PITTSBURG TEAM..even they said..we knew it was gonna be a pass..1 and goal..

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