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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Tannenbaum: 'Our record can be better'

By Rich Cimini

GM Mike Tannenbaum predicted a second-half turnaround for the Jets. Well, kind of.

"I'm highly confident our record can be better in the second half," Tannenbaum said Wednesday on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Mike Lupica Show."

Tannenbaum said the Jets (3-5), coming off their bye week, "absolutely have the opportunity" to make a playoff run. Reflecting on the disappointing first half, he mentioned red-zone turnovers by QB Mark Sanchez and third-down penalties by the defense as key reasons for some of the losses.

He believes the coaching staff has identified "very specific" things that caused the problems. If they can clean up those issues, Tannenbaum said, "our record would look dramatically different."

Tannenbaum gave a ringing endorsement of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.

"Being around Coach Sparano every day, I can't tell you how impressed I've been with him," Tannenbaum said. "He's a grinder. He doesn't flinch when there are bumps in the road."

Tannenbaum kept pointing to critical mistakes for the team's record. He said they could easily be 5-3 or 4-4 without those mistakes.

"This isn't blind faith or crazy talk," he said. "This is based on an eight-game sample set."