During a radio interview on Wednesday, former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannebaum talked about some of the mistakes he made while he was with the team, most notably trading fourth and sixth round draft picks to the Denver Broncos for Tim Tebow in 2012.
"Obviously we made a couple mistakes -- trading for Tim Tebow most notably. But I would say beyond that, but we [could have done a better job with the bottom of our roster], especially toward the end," Tannenbaum said on CBS Sports Radio.
Tannenbaum started with the team in 1997 and took over general manager duties in 2006. He was fired after the 2012 season when the Jets finished the year 6-10.
"I think some of the mistakes made were from the bottom end of our roster up," Tannenbaum said. "So when you lose guys like Jim Leonhard or Danny Woodhead or Jerricho Cotchery, it affects a lot of things -- not just what they do on the field, but what they do in the locker room."
During his time with New York, Tebow threw only eight passes.
"Tim obviously didn't play well in the preseason with New England, but he's a guy (who's) incredibly passionate about his career," Tannenbaum said. "I would never bet against Tim. We used to have an expression that Tim's the type of guy who's either going to be successful or die trying. His relentlessness and passion -- I would think he'll get another opportunity."
Although Tebow plans to "continue to pursue (his) dream of playing quarterback in the NFL," he was hired by ESPN to analyze college football for the SEC Network in December.
“I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity,” Tebow said at the time. “When I was six years old I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC.”
Tebow quarterbacked the University of Florida to two national championships before trying to make it in the NFL. He spent the 2013 NFL preseason with the New England Patriots but was cut at the end of training camp.
[CBS Sports] [New York Post]