New York Jets owner Woody Johnson told Ted Sundquist that he wasn’t behind the idea of trading for quarterback Tim Tebow during last year’s offseason.
Former Broncos GM Ted Sundquist, who interviewed for the job nine days ago, said Johnson told him it wasn’t his idea. According to Sundquist, Johnson said the trade was “forced” on them — meaning him and team president Neil Glat, who also participated in the interview. That makes it sound like Johnson was blaming former GM Mike Tannenbaum for the Tebow debacle; in a sense, Johnson did exactly that, firing Tannenbaum. Johnson also said, according to Sundquist, that he eventually “jumped on board” with the idea, deferring to his football people.
“They realized it was divisive and hard on the locker room, and they wanted an exit strategy,” Sundquist told ESPNNewYork.com, sharing the vibe he received from Johnson and Glat. The Jets are expected to part ways with Tebow next month.
I can’t imagine it was Rex Ryan who wanted Tebow since he wouldn’t even give him a chance to start. Maybe it was former general manager Mike Tannebaum, but I still believe it was Johnson in the end who wanted Tebow.