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Jets Dismiss Tannenbaum After 6-10 Season as Ryan Remains Coach

Jets Fire Tannenbaum as General Manager; Ryan Will Remain Coach
New York Jets' Head coach Rex Ryan, left, and general manager Mike Tannenbaum talk during Jets Training Camp in Cortland, New York. Photographer: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- The New York Jets fired Mike Tannenbaum as general manager and said Rex Ryan would remain as coach after a 6-10 season.

Owner Woody Johnson made the announcement in a statement this morning, a day after the Jets concluded their season with a 28-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

“Like all Jets fans, I am disappointed with this year’s results,” Johnson said. “However, I am confident that this change will best position our team for greater success going forward.”

Johnson offered support for Ryan to remain as the team’s coach.

“I believe that he has the passion, the talent, and the drive to successfully lead our team,” Johnson said.

The Jets failed to score a touchdown in yesterday’s loss to the Bills. They entered the final week with an offense that ranked 30th out of 32 National Football League teams in total yards.

The Jets’ season was also marked by unrest at the quarterback position, as the team rotated among Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy.

Sanchez, the team’s former first-round pick, was benched in the next-to-last week in favor of McElroy, while Tebow was used sparingly after being acquired in an offseason trade with Denver. Sanchez returned to start yesterday’s loss to the Bills after McElroy suffered a concussion, and finished the season with 27 turnovers, including 18 interceptions and nine lost fumbles.

The Jacksonville Jaguars also fired the team’s general manager today, as owner Shahid Khan dismissed Gene Smith following a 2-14 season. The Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs tied for the worst record in the NFL.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Buteau in Atlanta at mbuteau@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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