FLORHAM PARK, NJ - JANUARY 21: New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan (C) Owner Woody Johnson (R) and General Manager Mike Tannenbaum pose for a photo at a press conference naming Ryan as the new Head Coach of the New York Jets at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on January 21, 2009 in Florham Park, New Jersey.
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Former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum believes his team doesn’t select Darrelle Revis if draft was held under quarantine rules.

Ah… good ole’ Mr. T is back and bringing you his thoughts, this time, courtesy of the good folks at TMZ.

Former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum believes Darrelle Revis never would have become a Jet if the 2007 draft was held under the quarantine conditions the NFL experiences this time around.

“After he came in for his pre-draft visit, that gave us the feeling and the comfort that we could go ahead and trade up for him,” Mike says. “But, without that, there’s no way we would have done that.”

Without those face-to-face meetings prior to the big event, the team does not trade up to snag one of the greatest cover corners in NFL history.


Mr. T does not understand how NFL organizations can properly make draft choices via a remote setup. He believes the draft should be postponed.

“I just don’t know how you can have a draft without three or four people in a room,” Tannenbaum, now an ESPN employee, said.

Of course, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Roger Goodell and the NFL have turned the draft into a remote event. No longer will it be held in Las Vegas. Instead, everything will be conducted remotely while EA Sports helps provide a visual aspect with “virtual moments.”

The lack of deploying groups is the big issue here in the eyes of Mr. T. Possessing the ability to handle moving parts while on the fly is something that greatly helps an organization’s success rate in the draft. Flying solo means less communication and more confusion.

As of now, the NFL Draft is still regularly-scheduled for April 23-25. If it was up to Mike Tannenbaum, it would be postponed, for obvious reasons.


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