We already know that Mike Tannenbaum took credit as the architect for the deal to bring in Tim Tebow, but with the Jets interviewing for the GM job, Now that the Jets have picked their GM, a few ore details are starting to emerge as to how the Jets got into the predicament that they did last year, per ESPN New York.
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.
Brian Bassett, theJetsBlog.comHearing this story, reminds me of this scene in one of Steven Soderbergh’s best movies, Traffic. Michael Douglas is taking over as the new drug czar of the United States and sits down with his predecessor (James Brolin) for some advice before taking on his new post.
(Watch the scene here.)
Now, I’m not shedding any tears for Tannenbaum, trust me, but it’s easy to blame Mike Tannenbaum because he’s no longer part of the team. Was he the self-admitted architect of the mess that the 2012 Jets became? Yes absolutely and we saw how out on a limb he was once Rex Ryan was obstinately refusing to play Tebow. If Woody and Ryan might have had misgivings, by going along for the ride and not putting their foot down and building a true consensus, they helped ruin the 2012 season too. Ryan and Johnson plainly had sided against their GM and the more the season went on, the more clear it was that Tannenbaum was the odd man out of that trio.
Exit strategy is a nice way to put it by Sundquist. Essentially Glat and Johnson wanted to know whether or not the can trade him and actually get anything for him. The answer is most likely not. The exit strategy with Tim Tebow is to cut him. No one is going to be willing to trade for him, but someone might give him a flyer.
At such a low cap figure, Tim Tebow is a non-factor. I’d be more concerned about the “exit strategy” for Mark Sanchez or Santonio or any of the other guys who are clogging up the cap on this team for 2013.