Jets ex-GM cites Tebow trade as 'most notable' mistake

1/17/14 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Believe it or not, New York Jets former general manager Mike Tannenbaum had some good years crafting rosters for Gang Green. Despite a horrible reputation in the eye of the public, Tannenbaum's squad made the playoffs in his first season as GM (2006), then went on to make the Conference Finals during his fourth and fifth seasons on the job. After their most recent playoff berth in 2010, however, Tannenbaum began digging the Jets into salary cap hell, overpaying players and allowing few ways to create cap space. This is the legacy that people remember from Tannenbaum, and it is why he was fired after the 2012 season.

Blog Photo - Jets ex-GM cites Tebow trade as 'most notable' mistakeTannenbaum made plenty of mistakes, but one stands out in his mind - the acquisition of quarterback Tim Tebow. "Obviously we made a couple mistakes - trading for Tim Tebow most notably," Tannenbaum said in an interview with CBS Radio.

Perhaps the worst part of the Tebow trade was the timing, as Tannenbaum had signed incumbent quarterback Mark Sanchez to a ridiculous $58.25 million extension less than two weeks beforehand. The trade brought unwanted pressure on Sanchez to perform well, as every time a mistake was made, the fans would plead for Tebow to be put into the game.

The other reason that the Tebow trade was a huge mistake was because Tannenbaum brought all that attention and pressure to his ball club while the team never even intended to use Tebow. When Sanchez got hurt, they went down to their "third-string" quarterback, Greg McElroy, rather than Tebow, who was supposed to be Sanchez's backup.

It is no secret that Tannenbaum messed up big time by trading for Tebow, regardless of whether or not you think he is an NFL-caliber quarterback. Of course, that was just one of many blunders during the Tannenbaum era.

Tannenbaum is now working for NFL Network and Yahoo! Sports, while he has also "dipped his toes in the agency business." He won't be getting another general manager job any time soon.
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1/18/14   |   Scott   |   54668 respect

I think the biggest blunder might have been giving Sanchez the huge extension to begin with