Rex Ryan will remain the head coach of the New York Jets following the team's disappointing 6-10 season, but general manager Mike Tannenbaum was fired Monday.
"Our 2012 season was a disappointment to all of us. My goal every year as owner is to build a team that wins consistently. This year, we failed to achieve that goal," Jets chairman and CEO Woody Johnson said in a statement.
"This morning, I informed Mike Tannenbaum that he will not return for the 2013 season. Mike devoted 15 years of service to the Jets, and I want to thank him for his hard work and dedication. Although he helped guide us to two consecutive AFC Championship games, we are not where we want to be, and a new general manager will be critical to getting this team back on the right track."
Tannenbaum said in a statement that he was grateful for his time with the Jets.
"My days with Coach (Bill) Parcells through my years as general manager of the team that went to back-to-back AFC Championship games have been the fulfillment of a dream I have had since I was a little kid and I'll always be grateful to Woody, the two head coaches, Rex and Eric, as well as all of the players, staff and the entire organization for this opportunity," he said.
"While of course it is disappointing to not achieve the ultimate goal of winning a championship, I am incredibly proud of our overall winning record and success. I feel very fortunate to have been the general manager who drafted cornerstone players during a period that yielded four playoff victories and 22 Pro Bowl appearances."
Johnson said the search for a new general manager will begin immediately, and will include assistants from Korn/Ferry International, which helped conduct the search for the new NFL Commissioner in 2006, which ended with Roger Goodell replacing Paul Tagliabue.
Johnson also ended any speculation about Ryan's status entering the offseason.
"I believe that he has the passion, the talent, and the drive to successfully lead our team," Johnson said. "Like all Jets fans, I am disappointed with this year's results. However, I am confident that this change will best position our team for greater success going forward."