Why the Jets Hired a Headhunter to Replace Tannenbaum

Jed Hughes of Korn/Ferry International will have a short hunt to replace Mike Tannenbaum
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez goes down during the second half of the NFL football game on Nov. 22, 2012 Photograph by Julio Cortez/AP Photo

Every year, the day after the final game of the NFL’s regular season, owners start sacking coaches and general managers of teams that did not make the playoffs. This year did not disappoint, with seven coaches and five general managers getting the ax. It’s a ritual known as Black Monday. And “ritual” is the mot juste. As Freakonomics co-author Stephen J. Dubner has pointed out, the fates of these teams change only marginally. Most often, new coaches and GMs are plucked from the ranks of assistants at other teams or from the recently fired. And they do the job about the same as their departed brethren, even if they are all doing it wrong.  Witness Andy Reid, let go on Monday after 14 years as head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles and already in talks with the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals, who also fired their coaches. Black Monday begets the “coaching carousel.” And with only 32 teams in the NFL, it’s a short list of men who get to ride.

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