Poor Mike Tannenbaum. Six months ago, he was sitting pretty under the false assumption he had built a team that was on the cusp of Super Bowl glory.
On Bart Scott, the disgruntled linebacker who was reportedly given permission to seek a trade:
"Out in Indy we had a good conversation with Harold Lewis, Bart Scott's agent and we'll see what happens over the next couple of weeks. ... All options are on the table. We're going to keep having discussions with him and we'll see where things go."
Translation: Someone please take him. We'll take a bag of footballs in return. Scratch that, we'll take a single football.
"It's really important that we always try to improve the team. With that said, I expect Mark Sanchez to be our quarterback next year. But when we have opportunities to improve our team, that's what we're going to do."
Translation: Be afraid, Mr. Sanchez. Be very afraid.
"He's exploring his options; that's what we want our players to do this time of year, like we're doing for ourselves. He gave us a really good year and we'll always do what's best for the Jets."
Translation: Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
"We weren't happy with those comments obviously, but with that said, we've all said things that maybe we shouldn't have from time to time."
Translation: Show up to camp with a muzzle, kid, and don't look me in the eye.