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NY Jets Fire Basking Ridge's Tannenbaum as GM

15-year career with organization ends after team misses playoffs for second straight season.

Basking Ridge resident Mike Tannenbaum was fired Monday as New York Jets general manager after 15 years with the team.

After missing the playoffs for the second straight season, the Jets dismissed Tannenbaum in an early-morning meeting at their Florham Park practice facility, according to ESPN.

Tannenbaum became emotional when he read a farewell letter to the team after his firing, ESPN reported. The team then applauded Tannenbaum, who began his Jets career as a salary-cap manager under Bill Parcells before becoming the GM in 2006.

Tannenbaum and the Jets organization were criticized last year for the , when the team already had a starting signal caller in Mark Sanchez.

Tannenbaum spoke in 2011 at a Morris County Chamber of Commerce event, emphasizing the importance of selecting personnel who have strong character.

“You don’t want to give $5 million to a jerk,” Tannenbaum said.

In July, Tannenbaum, his wife Michelle, and their two children awarded two recent Ridge High School graduates, who also are members of the with what the YMCA described as the first annual Tannenbaum family scholarship.

, following the scholarship presentation about the YMCA, the Jets players' contributions, and the 2012 football season.

n January 01, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Guess he'll be moving out of town, now that he won't be able to afford the taxes.
BusyMom January 01, 2013 at 05:22 PM
What happen to the comment about scholarship? I hope it was deleted by the person who posted it, not the website!
bob coops January 02, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Arrogant clown. Great pick up with tebow really packed them in the seats. Get rid of the other clowns as well mr super bowl ryan bozo. All aboard the titanic.
Linda Sadlouskos January 02, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Another interesting point of view on the Basking Ridge Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ridgepatch
Bob A. Booey January 03, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Awwww, poor Mr. T. I pity the fool.

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