Ex-Jets GM admits Tebow trade a mistake
Spending 15 years with the same organization is an accomplishment for any executive in the NFL today, and Mike Tannenbaum, who was promoted to general manager in 2006 with the New York Jets, has much to reflect on.
Tannenbaum, who was relieved of his duties after the 2012 season, recently appeared on CBS sports radio and discussed some of the mistakes that were made during his tenure as GM of the Jets including a trade for a former Heisman trophy winner.
You guessed it, Tim Tebow.
“Obviously we made a couple mistakes – trading for Tim Tebow most notably,” said Tannenbaum.
A player that was supposed to bring in a new dynamic to a struggling offense, someone opposing defenses would have to put extra time in to prepare for, turned out to be a major bust.
Tebow’s yards per carry dropped to 3.2 after a season in Denver where he posted a 7-4 record as a starter and gained 660 yards on the ground with a 5.4 average.
Playing time was something Tebow mania always pushed for but it just never came in New York as Tebow had only 8 passing attempts. To add insult to injury, Tebow was buried in the depth chart in the final week of the season in favor of Greg McElroy after an injury to Mark Sanchez.
While a job with ESPN analyzing college football for the SEC Network is the only one Tebow has right now, Tannenbaum remains optimistic that an NFL comeback is still a possibility.
“I would never bet against Tim,” said Tannenbaum. “We used to have an expression that Tim’s the type of guy who’s either going to be successful or die trying. His relentlessness and passion — I would think he’ll get another opportunity.”
The man with more playoff wins than Andy Dalton is still waiting for another chance after failing to crack the roster of the New England Patriots out of training camp.
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