The former New York Jets’ general manager Mike Tannenbaum has a new job. The Miami Dolphins, which are owned by Stephen Ross, have hired him to be their new executive vice president of football operations.
The move comes after Tannenbaum had very publically been one of the people who Ross was consulting about the future of the Dolphins after missing the playoffs yet again. This was in spite of the fact that Tannenbaum, who was fired by the Jets after the 2013 season, had no official role with the team.
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In a conference call with reporters Tannebaum said, “Football’s in my blood. I spent two years away from it, and I missed it dearly. I missed the competition. I missed getting in a foxhole with a bunch of people that are committed to a cause. At the end of the day, I was very comfortable with that’s who I am.”
Stephen Ross said in a statement, “I am excited that Mike Tannenbaum has joined the organization full time. He is an experienced executive and leader that understands all facets of the sports landscape. During his time as a consultant this past season, I was able to see his impact first hand through his commitment and passion for innovation and using every possible avenue to find competitive edges.”
The hiring of Tannenbaum came after Ross surprisingly chose to retain his head coach Joe Philbin after a disappointing 8-8 season.
The Jets had only a 57-55 record during Tannenbaum’s 7 seasons as GM. He was known most for his poor draft selections and having for some reason declared former jets quarterback Mark Sanchez the franchise player.
Tannenbaum has most recently been working as an agent for NFL coaches.