Skip to comments.Trading for Tim Tebow was a mistake, former Jets GM now says
Posted on 01/17/2014 6:23:23 AM PST by C19fan
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum, the man who traded for Tim Tebow, is now looking back on his career in New York. He's expressing some regrets, and guess who's right at the top?
"Obviously we made a couple mistakes," Tannenbaum told CBS Sports Radio, "trading for Tim Tebow most notably." The Jets dealt a fourth- and sixth-round pick to Denver to get Tebow in March 2012, and then proceeded to use him in no discernibly logical fashion whatsoever.
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It wasn’t the trade, it was the bumbling after the trade. They let Tebow rot on the bench instead of weaving him into an otherwise pathetic offense. I am not saying he should have been the starting QB, but they could have used him creatively and won more games. Frankly, he probably was a better option than Sanchez, but with the money they dumped into Sanchez, he probably wasn’t going to sit on the bench.
The Jets only screw-up was NOT USING HIM...................
an understatement ...
"trading for Tim Tebow most notably."
That was not the mistake knucklehead ...
then proceeded to use him in no discernibly logical fashion whatsoever.
That was the mistake ...
Oh yeah, those two picks would have netted TWO great QBs and he could have been wearing Superbowl rings by now! Tannenbaum is an idiot blaming Tebow for his own ineptitude.
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum
Why focus on Tim Tebow?
Not only him, but more beside
Have factored in this downward slide
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum
Why focus on Tim Tebow?
As a Denver fan, I remember how peeved I was at losing Tebow for Manning. Today - of course - I’m a Manning-bot. Ha!
If they had started Tebow instead of Sanchez, we would have never had the, ‘Butt-Fumble’.
Yeah, there are a few active brain cells in the Jets organization.
lol Ya think?
Elway on the twenty,
He drops back to pass.
But no one is open,
John cries out "Alas!"
The fans in the stadium
Begin to boo,
For Little John Elway
Got sacked on the two...
(To the music of "Away in the Manger")
the New York/Jersey community was unwilling to play a quarterback who thanked the Lord...
I was hoping that Belichick would do this when Tebow was with the Pats.
They could have used him in so many ways and I think Belichick could have come up with a large number of plays to really confuse some defenses. Tebow just wanted to be a football player in the NFL. I would have taken him at his word and used him as a slot back, a decoy, a place kick holder, a motion man to help with blocking...anything.
You just don't let someone with that much heart get away.
If this clown Tannenbaum knew what he was doing, he’d still be with the Jets.
The Jets organization was bullied by the bigots in the sports media into not giving Tebow a fair shot; and they’re not alone.
Tebow is radioactive for no other reason than he is a proud Christian.
No, Tebow said he wanted to be an NFL quarterback. If anybody could have found a way to use him otherwise it would have been Belichick but that's not what Tebow wanted.
Tannenbaum and Elway ruined his career, IMO.
Really! When I saw those lyrics I sung them in my head to the tune of Jingle Bells. It was pretty close!
You do realize that, if the Patriots beat Denver on Sunday....Manning and Tebow will have the same number of playoff wins at Denver...and Manning cost the Broncos about $50 million more w Manning (higher salary plus lost memorabilia revenue)
Seeing as how The Jets haven't won a Super Bowl since 1969 (or thereabouts), I'm inclined to think their GM has made more than just that one mistake.
John Elway—who as the Stanford quarterback was never able to beat USC.
We will see this weekend
Excellent point! At the time of the trade, I was dismayed because of all the excitement and national attention that Tebow brought to the team. He energized us all. Football is ENTERTAINMENT. Too many idiots think that their teams are fighting for the survival of the galaxy or some damn thing. It was working, but Elway spent all that cash to "fix" it. I'm just personally thankful to have enjoyed Manning and am a new fan.
It was a huge risk to just bring in Manning..who missed a season due to three neck surgeries
Even with the wins this yr...if the Broncos lose Sunday...they have lost $50 million switching Tebow w Manning
If John Elways ego didn’t get in the way...the Broncos would have more money to get free agents and sign more rookies. The Broncos are going to have to replace Manning soon....he is one hit away from a football career ender
I was thinking of Casey at the Bat.
Agreed. What goes around comes around. Tannenbaum should have that message by now, and maybe Elway will get it....again.
I would agree that trading for Tebow was not his only quarterback mistake.
The Pats reluctantly released Tebow. They saw potential in him, as a leader, if nothing else. Can you imagine if they had been able to finish his training and stuck him in with that running game occasionally? If he had become credible as a passer and still could run, who do you cover?
If Belechick thought that Tebow had the talent to contribute in a meaningful enough fashion to justify designing plays around him then don't you think he would have kept him? The fact that the poorly managed organization like the Jets may not have found a reason to keep Tebow isn't necessarily damning. The fact that a highly successful organization like the Patriots didn't is. Tebow is not an NFL level quarterback. He never has been. He never will be.
Management is measured on their ability to win and make the playoffs. With Tebow instead of Manning the Broncos would have been home last week, watching the playoffs from their sofas.
It took Manning 2 years as starting QB to get the same amount of playoff wins that Tebow got the Broncos in one year.
Agreed! They’d better make it dammm good on Sunday.
According to Cold Hard Football Facts, extrapolating from Tebow’s limited use, he was by far the best QB per QB rating that the Jets had (but didn’t use).
That can't be said enough. Elway's giant investment is going to run out in a couple of years, and he'll have to spend it again to keep the wins going. Rather than invest time to develop his existing talent (Tebow), his decision was a quick-fix, trading money for time by purchasing his talent ready-made (Manning).
We saw Manning get sacked mid-season and his next three games suffered from what looked like a crisis of confidence on his part. There's no question that Manning will try to retire before someone breaks his neck (again), and IMO he's only got one or two more seasons left before one or the other happens. There goes Elway's giant investment.
After four years out of college, Manning had been a starter for four years. After four years out of college, Tebow had ridden the bench for over a year, started for part of a year, rode the bench another year, and watched the season from home.
Neither is half the ones playing right now.
Manning-bots stretch from Louisiana to Mississippi to Knoxville to Indy to NYC to now Colorado
as are the Manning loathers
I knew Archie as a boy...he was like my hero
white peg leg levis and cotton Hathaway buttondown shirt and penny loafers..a hipster before his time..lol..look how they fetishize every era?
orange hair obviously
anyhow..nice polite boy....his high school coach was a buddy of my dads
i stoof next to Peyton at a urinal at the Palm in Nashville talking to him about Mississippi since he was wearing a Drew MS cotton gin t-shirt
folks asked me if I knew him..lol...I didn’t know who it was
their mom was a southern babe btw...Archie got really lucky...like me..wifey much more fetching than my reflection too
I’m from Jackson..thats the connection sorta
The guy can’t throw. It’s plain and simple. He’s a terrible passer. He’d be great at a number of positions. But he can’t throw.
Yes. But the fact is, there was no room for him on the roster. Belechick said as much. He was in a tough spot. He wanted to keep Tim but could not.
No...he would not have been an NFL quarterback with the Pats. He would not have been a backup at all. But he has talent.
In the end, the roster and Tim's insistence on playing quarterback probably combined to sink his shot with the Pats.
It would have been glorious watching the best defenses in the NFL trying to keep up with the Pats offense with their jockstraps around their ankles.
I recall an MVP and HOF QB who sat the bench for a few years. Made more money than the starter. Name was Steve Young. Sat behind a guy named MONTANA. Young could have been the starter on “every other NFL team”.
Tebow was blackballed by the league and the Jets took the duty assigned them. Who are the Jets coaches involved? Wasn’t it one of the brothers who keeps changing NFL teams, getting paid and losing badly.
Where is Brady Quinn when you need him?
Otherwise, he seems like a great guy.
How does he know? He never played him.
He only wants to be a QB. Otherwise, he refuses to play. Look it up.
It’s funny how no one seems to remember or want to point out that Denver dumped the 2011 starter after having lost 4 out of 5 games to start the season.
Tebow lost 4 out of 5 of his last starts.
Folks wanted Orton’s head on a pike for his lack of production.
Let's not forget that Tebow has more playoff wins than Dallas' $100 Million QB, Tony Romo.
You’re a gifted man, Dr. Henrickson. But I repeat myself. Thanks for the laugh, and have a good day!
And all are considered better QBs than Tebow. Doesn't that tell you anything?
they grabbed Tebow to undermine his career. it’s extremely obvious their ideology drove them to attack Tebow and his beliefs the only way they could
Because Tebow couldn't make enough of a contribution to justify a spot on the roster.
But he has talent.
No doubt. Anyone who is a starter at the Division I college level has talent. But very few have the talent to be successful in the NFL, and Tebow is one of them.
Blackballed why? Because he was a Christian? Give me a break. Kurt Warner was a devout Christian and made no secret of it. Justin Tuck, Matt Hasselbeck, Troy Polamalu, Corey Lynch, Matt Forte, and God knows how many others are very open about their faith and what it means to them. For Pete's sake you can't see a touchdown scored of a field goal made without a player pointing heavenward. The difference is that all those players have something that Tebow lacks; the ability to play football at the pro level.
If Tebow was indeed blackballed, as you claim, it's because he can't play his position well enough to make a team. And no other reason.
Becoming a national Christian superstar hurt Tebow, not his merely being a Christian, I think he was taken from the public eye, at least partly on purpose.