Former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum admitted on 660 WFAN that he was behind the Tim Tebow trade. He was also honest with himself and said the trade didn’t work out.
“It was my decision,” Tannenbaum said. ”Rex and I talked about it, and then we brought (former offensive coordinator) Tony Sparano into the mix. Obviously, Tony is a guy who has taken that kind of offense before (and) had success with it in Miami. And we felt that it was going to be another club in the bag to help us on offense. That was our thinking when we made the decision. Obviously it didn’t work out the way we had hoped, but that was our thinking.”
Tannenbaum said that the Jets’ brass was well aware of all the baggage that would accompany Tebow’s arrival, but the front office and coaches were confident that they would be able to manage the situation.
“We absolutely contemplated it, knowing that this guy has a rare following,” Tannenbaum said. ”But we also felt like we had the infrastructure from a management standpoint to handle it. So that was a factor. But again, from a football standpoint, we thought it made a lot of sense for a lot of reasons.”
I’m glad Tannenbaum was honest with everyone, including himself, hopefully he learned a lot from his time with the Jets.