Ousted former Miami Dolphins vice president of football Mike Tannenbaum has resurfaced as an analyst, at least temporarily, for ESPN’s upcoming coverage of the NFL Draft.
Tannenbaum appeared on Fridays “NFL Live” ESPN TV daily show going over his projections for the first round of the draft to be held three weeks from now:
Former Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum has officially segued to media https://t.co/RPxlxAMZeA
— The Dolphins Wire (@thedolphinswire) April 7, 2019
Tannenbaum was fired along the coach Adam Gase in early January after four seasons in Miami serving as the team’s Vice President of Football Operations. Tannenbaum had full authority over GM Chris Grier for all personnel and draft moves.
Tannenbaum had hired Gase, as the former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator in 2016. The Dolphins initially had success making the playoffs in 2016, but questionable personnel moves, including getting rid of the likes of WR Jarvis Landry, DT Ndamukong Suh and RB Jay Ajayi along with a season-ending re-injury to Ryan Tannehill’s knee led the Fins to miss the playoffs the following year in 2017.
Tannenbaum and Gase elected not to draft a quarterback in the talent-rich first round of last year’s draft. And they instead, stuck by Tannehill. That proved to backfire ,when Tannehill injured his shoulder early on in the year and the Dolphins season fizzled out missing the playoffs again. And, of course, the Dolphins still don’t have a suitable long-term solution at QB for new personnel boss, Grier and first year coach Brian Flores.
Prior to coming to the Dolphins, Tannenbaum was previously general manager of the New York Jets for seven seasons 2006-12.
It will be particularly interesting to continue to hear Tenenbaum’s analysis of what the Dolphins should do with the 13th overall pick. And, in particular, if he will be advocating that they take a quarterback this time around in the first round of the draft, with Grier doing the choosing instead of him.
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