Posted January 17, 2014

Trading for Tim Tebow was a mistake, former Jets GM Tannenbaum says

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Tim Tebow's time with the Jets didn't end well for anyone involved. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Tim Tebow’s time with the Jets didn’t end well for anyone involved. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

It’s always interesting when a former NFL executive either jumps or is pushed from his former position and lands in the media. Some will honestly explain the mistakes that led to their demise, while others will gild the lily and claim that they were unfairly jettisoned.

Former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum helped build a team that went to two straight AFC Championship games in the 2009 and 2010 seasons, but things fell apart over the next few seasons, and Tannenbaum was asked to depart following a 6-10 season in 2012 that was the franchise’s second straight without a playoff berth.

Tannenbaum now provides analysis to the NFL Network and Yahoo Sports, and he’s started to represent NFL coaches for Priority Sports. To his credit, when asked about the mistakes he made, he’s been pretty forthright — and when it comes to his time with the Jets, it’s tougher to imagine a bigger mistake than the trade for Tim Tebow that occurred in March 2012.

The Jets already had a starting quarterback in Mark Sanchez, who Tannenbaum and the Jets gave a five-year, $58.25 million contract in the same month (which was probably Tannenbaum’s second-biggest mistake). The Jets gave up two low draft picks for Tebow and agreed to pay a $2.53 million salary advance Denver had given the former first-round pick. For that, they got an enormous media landslide and a second-tier player who completed six of eight passes for 39 yards in one season.

“Obviously we made a couple mistakes – trading for Tim Tebow most notably,” Tannenbaum told CBS Radio on Wednesday. “But I would say beyond that, we [could have done a better job with the bottom of our roster], especially toward the end.”

Tebow has been out of football since the New England Patriots found that they could do nothing with him, and he’s now working for ESPN as a college football analyst. Still, Tannenbaum counts himself among the ever-decreasing numbers who believe that Tebow could have a future in the NFL.

“Tim obviously didn’t play well in the preseason with New England, but he’s a guy [that’s] incredibly passionate about his career. I would never bet against Tim. 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.”

Well, perhaps not. And it’s quite possible that Tannenbaum will have to wait a while before he gets another shot in the league. Which proves that when you swing big on your quarterbacks, you best not miss.

93 comments
LuscioustheCat
LuscioustheCat

 tebow has a better chance of being an nfl quarterback than he does coming out of the closet.

SemperFiDTM
SemperFiDTM

@Mike Tannebaum - WOW, that is the very definition of BREAKING news the world waited on with baited breath....Now, for a second act, could you please tell us what color the sky is? ...boy i wish there was a sarcasm font....>:^(  

DSM
DSM

Given how little the Jets gave up for him, and that he did not hurt the Jets on or off the field, it was not that much of a mistake--Jets fans can name many bigger blunders.

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

"Trading for Tim Tebow was a mistake, former Jets GM Tannenbaum says"


Gee, who could  have known that in advance?  Well, other than the 90% of football fans who weren't caught up in Tebow-mania.  Oh, and every other front office in the NFL.  

DouglasRollison
DouglasRollison

How did Tebow fail? He was only ALLOWED to pass the ball 8 times and he completed 6 of those. The failure was trading for someone you never intended to give a chance to. Tebow did more in the PARTIAL season he was allotted in Denver than any backup in the NFL and a bunch of the starters. Why are jokes like Kyle Orten given 10+ years to mature and Tebow less than one?? How many playoff games did Orten or Cassell or any of the countless recycled projects win?? Nevermind...just make another cynical joke and ignore the facts.

OK
OK

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leon1376
leon1376

How was Tebow to know Ryan had a tattoo of his half-naked wife wearing a Sanchez jersey? Of course Geno Smith is a real standup guy when he goes off on a flight attendant. And Winslow was caught pleasuring himself in public. How many other Jets have pulled knucklehead stuff? Drinking and getting into fights and doing dope and beating up women. No wonder Tebow didn't fit in. But it isn't just the Jets. The entire league is populated with thugs and dopers. ; 

wetmouse
wetmouse

Suggesting Teblow still has a chance renders you unemployable as a GM. He's now it Matt Millen-land.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

Tannenbaum may have been the only person in America to think trading for Tebow was a good idea.  Hence the word "former" is now applied in connection with GM and him.  

gary41
gary41

Sanchez was a pretty obvious error to begin with, but we were all wondering what set of plays were devised offensively to use Tebow and what we found was nothing at all.  The coaching staff and front office actually thought he was going to be valuable based on intangibles. 

HalHolland
HalHolland

Look at Tebow's total QBR for 2011-2012. Look at Sanchez's total QBR for 2012-2013. Now with a strait face tell us all how Sanchez is so much better than Tebow!

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OK

Trading for Tim Tebow was a mistake, former Jets GM Tannenbaum says

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No bleep, Sherlock.

If it took you this long to figure that out, Mikey, it explains why you're not a general manager anymore - and, of course, why you'll be hired as a general manager by some fool billionaire owner in the next three years of the NFL's Hiring Recycle, which keeps cranking out worthless Schottenheimers, Ryans, Phillipses, etc.

Adolfis
Adolfis

Its strange how the Tebow haters comment about a player that was not given a fair chance to succeed in NY!



Bosco
Bosco

Tebow isn't the reason the Jets suck. He made a lot of mistakes and that is why the Jets are in the position they are now, the least of which was Tebow.

rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

And YES...these bloggers  are just fanboys anyway and they roll with the gossip...little girls...

rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

I made a comment earlier that the warring sides ran with hilariously:


Anybody realize Tim Tebow also was homeschooled not only for being a missionary kid but because he had --big shock---


LEARNING DISABILITIES


which is why Urban Meyer kept his system simple for him so he could succeed...and John Fox/MikeMcCoy did likewise...


Rex and Sparano couldn't decide what they wanted to do with him since the big bucks guy was Sanchize


Bob Kraft wanted an image makeover and that coupled with Pats offensive complexities...that didn't work either..


so now you know....he has a simple job that can grow into something bigger...but he still wants life to be like the Gainesville and Pre Manning Broncos days...oh well...life is too digital these days I guess for that...


PWINGS
PWINGS

“Obviously we made a couple mistakes – trading for Tim Tebow most notably,....But I would say beyond that, we [could have done a better job with the bottom of our roster], especially toward the end.”

Tannenbaum has a promising future as a stand-up comedian. Tebow might (MIGHT) have been the biggest PR problem (although I'd argue that Darelle Revis was as distracting with his contract issues) but Tebow wasn't even close to being the biggest personnel mistake that Tannenbaum made. Tebow cost them a couple of late round picks and $2.5M. His effect on their roster and salary cap was minimal. Since he never saw the field, his effect on team performance was also minimal. The mistake with Tebow was trading for a player you never seriously gave an opportunity to perform. If he didn't fit into their plans, don't trade for him.

If Tannenbaum REALLY wants to bare his soul and admit the mistakes he made, here's my list of names of those who DID cripple their salary cap, team performance on the field and locker room:  1) Mark Sanchez was the hands down winner at $58.25M, 

2) Santonio Holmes, 

3) Vernon Ghouston, 

4) Joe McKnight, 

5) Antonio Cromartie, 

6) Shonn Greene, 

7) Braylon Edwards, 

8) Brian Schottenheimer and 

9) Rex Ryan.

Darelle Revis was the most disruptive in the locker room with his constant hold-outs, absence and the salary cap hit they took.

George
George

Duh.  Of course the jets blew it.


NY was a mistake.Timmah!  should have gone to Jacksonville.    :D


  As a Jaguar Tebow would have packed the house with Fla fans, and if the OC had gone all-in (like Denver did) on the read-option style, they might not have made the playoffs, but they would have won some games AND sold tickets like mad for a couple seasons

giving the Jags time / money to develop a young qb for the future.


Shad Khan and Tebow both screwed to pooch, missed the boat (choose your metaphor) 

Why the clueless Jets picked up someone like Tebow and then did nothing with him is simply another testament to their overall stupidity.

mjt424
mjt424

would counter that the contract extension for Mark Sanchez was a bigger mistake.


The Tebow deal cost the Jets relatively little. He produced little. It's not like he was a JaMarcus Russell/Ryan Leaf draft pick or a Albert Haynesworth free-agent bust.


Sanchez never had great receivers around him but he also didn't show much to warrant that extension so my contention to the author of this article is that Tannenbaum made a bigger mistake with that move.

renee
renee

SI finds yet another reason to dredge up yesterday's news: Tebow. He was a successful college player, he might even become a decent college game analyst, but he was, is and will always be an epic fail as a pro player. And to all the Team Tebow sycophants out there who whine he was never given a chance, if Belichick can't do anything with him there is nothing there to work with.

BarrySoetoro
BarrySoetoro

And of course FatBoy tannenBUM works for yahoo and puts this garbage on cbs,probably hosted by another Loser TeeHee barber.

BarrySoetoro
BarrySoetoro

This big fat blowhard made a mistake in getting Tebow Because the jetlesses don't have the collective brain power to utilize someone like Tebow. So they end up with Butt Fumble sanchise and"say whut" smith.

SemperFiDTM
SemperFiDTM

@DSM It was a blunder in the sense it rattled Mark Sanchez, who's psyche is fragile to begin with. So your comment that he did not hurt them on the field isnt necessarily true. Tebow is also a nationally followed player, and he came to here, NYC, the biggest media market in the world. His domination of the headlines were surely a distraction off the field. So your comment he didnt hurt them off the field isnt true either. 


But Ill concede the Jets had too many troubles to pin on just tebow, thats for sure...

tigercub88
tigercub88

@JosephBagadoughnutz I guess YOU would know, Joey, after what the priests did to you. More balls across your chin than Carlton Fisk.

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

@Adolfis Right on, Brother!  And I haven't been given a fair chance either.  I have never thrown an incompletion or an interception and I still can't get an NFL team to sign me and let me play.  They are just haters.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

@Adolfis Not a fair chance? You realize that he had 6 practices a week to prove he belonged. Plus mini-camp and training camp. He wasn't injured. If he didn't cut it he only has to look into the mirror.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Adolfis Not given a fair shake?  So did New England not give him a fair shake either?  

OK
OK

@Adolfis 

Yes, New York hated your precious Reverend Tebow.

If that's true, why did Bellichump dump his butt in New England?

Why did Elway can Reverend Tebow in Denver?

And why have none of the Real Americans in Florida or Texas signed your beloved Reverend Tebow in the year since?

Matthew W
Matthew W

@rentistoohigh 

The offense was kept simple because Butt Fumble was the QB and Rex only knows feet. 

PWINGS
PWINGS

All things considered, Ghoulston was a bigger draft mistake than even Sanchez. Sanchez was a four year starter for the Jets and had some modest success but many regarded him as deserving to be a second or third round pick at best because he only started for one year at USC. By contrast, Ghoulston was a first round pick who was NEVER a starter for the Jets, had one sack and never came close to realizing his physical potential. Most teams avoided him because his best college games were against weak teams and he was a non-factor in big games. If I was Tannenbaum, I'd regard Sanchez and Ghoulston as my biggest personnel mistakes with Holmes following close behind.

PWINGS
PWINGS

3) Vernon Ghoulston (sp) Sorry!

rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

@renee Belichick didn't want Tebow to begin with...Bob Kraft  waited til there were no other akers and was looking for a cheap image makeover...meaning he probably had some idea about Aaron Hernandez and heard Tim had been a positive influence for him to an extent... Bill they the phone book at Tim ( a euphemism) for the Pats playbook and it became known that Tim would have to retranslate it for himself  in simple cue card like form in order to have a hop of learning in a very short time.


Some can cry "set up to fail"


Maybe ...maybe not ...why don't you ask Bob Kraft ?


     If a team has room for Tim on the roster...he'd be good...but his young boys dream of overcoming his learning disabilities and starring in the NFL.......he's not fast enough in his calculations...he's no Robert Downey Jr Sherlock Homes IOW.....


maybe someday....he hopes....media girls and church fanboys need to back off...

Matthew W
Matthew W

@M as in Mancy@Adolfis 

Did the Jets give him an entire game to show what he can do?

Look how he played in Denver. It wasn't pretty....there were a lot of 3 and outs...and he would find a way to put everything together late in the 4th and eek out a win. You can't say that about the Sanchize. 

PWINGS
PWINGS

@rentistoohigh@renee   "....Belichick didn't want Tebow to begin with..."

I disagree completely. Belicheck wanted him for four reasons:

1) Tebow has the kind of work ethic and unselfish "team first" attitude that Belicheck demands.

2) Tebow offered the POSSIBILITY of versatility (QB, FB, TE, etc.) that Belicheck values. Look what he did with Welker, Troy Brown and Edelman.

3) The price was right. Tebow presented little financial risk which frugal Bill always likes.

4) It was a chance to stick it up the Jets' a$$ if he succeeded with Tebow where the Jets had failed.

In the end, I think Belicheck sincerely liked Tebow and was disappointed that he had to make the decision to cut him. But then Bill is never one to let sentiment get in the way of what's best for the team.

SemperFiDTM
SemperFiDTM

Agreed Gholston was biggest bust ever, unles youre including coaches. KOTITE! ::cough cough:: 

PWINGS
PWINGS

@Matthew W@PWINGS  Oh yeah. Big time. I was convinced that Dontari Poe of the Chiefs was going to be this year's Vernon Ghoulston but I was wrong. He actually kinda played to his ability. He sure surpassed anything Ghoulston ever did (not that that's a big trick!) But I wouldn't give a combine freak first round money. No way!