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Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum: 'I'm not worried about me'

Mike Tannenbaum is in danger. He might not publicly acknowledge it, but his grasp on the New York Jets' general manager job is as slippery as ever.

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Most of the organization -- from management, to the coaching staff, to the players -- received a pass on last season's disappointing and dysfunctional 8-8 season.

Don't expect the same to happen if the 3-6 Jets continue on their current trajectory, especially after a week like this. No one is as vulnerable as the general manager.

"I'm not worried about me right now. I'm the last thing I'm worried about," Tannenbaum told WFAN's Mike Francesa on Friday (via The Star-Ledger). "I'm worried about this team and anything I can do to help. And each week, we've had our challenges. I think we've had more challenges than an average year but no one's going to feel bad for us."

He's right about that last part. No one feels bad for this version of the Jets, a brash team that wrote checks it couldn't cash for nearly two seasons.

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"We're all 3-6 and collectively we're in it together," he said. "The personnel department is 3-6, the security department is 3-6, the coaching, we're all in this together, we're all 3-6."

Though some seem to believe otherwise, it's hard to imagine Rex Ryan losing his job after the season. The coach made himself into a widely recognized name brand in leading the Jets to back-to-back AFC title games. As we've learned from the acquisitions of Brett Favre, Plaxico Burress, and -- yes -- Tim Tebow, team owner Woody Johnson has proven himself to be a sucker for name brands.

Tannenbaum doesn't have the same cache. He told Francesa that the Jets' season could be much different had a few plays turned out differently. It's a poor excuse that doesn't fly in a results league. The Jets -- above all else -- have a talent issue.

Tannenbaum will have to answer for that.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @danhanzus.

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