Jacksonville Jaguars fire GM Gene Smith, New York Jets fire GM Mike Tannenbaum

GMs aren't safe either on Black Monday: The Jaguars and Jets just fired theirs

12/31/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

December 9, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Tim Tebow (15) and Mark Sanchez (6) on the sidelines during the second half of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jets defeated the Jaguars 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY SportsNext up: Gene Smith and Mike Tannenbaum

The Jets and Jaguars have decided to replace their respective general managers, thanks to a few years of ineptitude, particularly at the QB position.

A good quarterback can make a GM look really good. We've seen in both Jacksonville and New York that a bad QB (among other players) can make a GM look extremely bad.

Mark Sanchez has been a complete disaster in New York, and the Jets are still on the hook for $8M guaranteed next year, thanks to Tannenbaum signing him to an extension before this year, for no apparent reason.

The Jets went after Peyton Manning, and then apparently felt the need to reassure Sanchez that they wanted to keep him, so they threw a ton of money at him. Now, they've realized that he's a terrible QB, and they were simply throwing good money after bad.

Then, they traded for Tim Tebow, under the assumption that he could take some snaps in the wildcat, and give Sanchez a little motivation to perform well. That backfired, as Sanchez ended up playing poorly anyway, and head coach Rex Ryan never even gave Tebow a legitimate chance.

In Jacksonville, Smith drafted Blaine Gabbert to be their franchise QB. After two seasons, it's becoming pretty clear that they missed on that pick, and they need to find someone else.

Smith won't have to worry about that, since it'll be a job for the next GM.
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12/31/12   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

Sorry Jets fans your team still doesn't have a clue.  You can dump Tannenbaum, Tebow and possibly Sanchez and your still not going to the Super Bowl.  That's because Rex Ryan is overrated and as long as he's the coach your possibly a playoff team, but never going to even make it to the Super Bowl to have a chance to win.