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Mike Tannenbaum offers more about Tim Tebow’s role with Jets

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On his conference call with the media Wednesday night, Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum was insistent that Tim Tebow’s role with the Jets was going to be that of a backup quarterback who can run the Wildcat.

The mantra Tannenbaum kept repeating was that every team in the league needs a backup quarterback and that’s what they were going after when they made the deal for Tebow. In an appearance on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike Thursday morning, however, Tannenbaum sang a slightly different tune when it came to Mark Sanchez’s job security. Tannenbaum was asked about his vision for how much the team will use Tebow packages.

“If our offense is sputtering and we have, say, three three-and-outs and we roll this out there and it’s successful, who knows?”

Brad Smith’s name came up during that call, which suggested that the Jets thought Tebow would play a change-of-pace role similar to the one that the former Jet played during Sanchez’s first two seasons. That’s what we’ve seen from several teams since Tony Sparano broke out the Wildcat in Miami and it isn’t a situation that creates much in the way of a quarterback controversy. That’s not what Tannenbaum outlined during the radio interview, though.

What he’s suggesting is a much more fluid situation that could start with Sanchez and end with Tebow in any given week. Replacing an ineffective Sanchez isn’t a problem in and of itself — the Jets could have used another option last season — but having weekly referendums on the starting quarterback job isn’t going to do much to lessen the circus-like atmosphere around the Jets.

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51 Responses to “Mike Tannenbaum offers more about Tim Tebow’s role with Jets”
  1. rr2000k says: Mar 22, 2012 12:14 PM

    You’re delusional if you think Tebow is going to save your offense.

  2. billsfan27 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:15 PM

    It was especially unsettling when he said “Tim will stand on the sideline and play with balls…”

  3. delmonte55 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:16 PM

    Definition of “Timsanity” Where you throw the ball over and over hoping for a completion.

  4. barneyrumble says: Mar 22, 2012 12:16 PM

    This is the story that just keeps on giving and it just gets better and better. I am almost starting to feel sorry for Jets fans. Hey I said ALMOST!

  5. rickastleydancemoves says: Mar 22, 2012 12:16 PM

    Do people really think the Patriots care?

  6. egonpeon says: Mar 22, 2012 12:17 PM

    Stankchez won’t last very long. He’ll have. Great game and then we will see the poor throwing nervous thrower that will be replaced on 4th and 1. Then that will be the end of Sanchise.

  7. mushin9 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:23 PM

    This may be the most awesome offensive philosophy invented since the forward pass.

    How in the hell did Miami let Sparano get away?!?!

  8. cwalker4205 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:23 PM

    The NFC East is so disfuntional that the Colts could compete in it. No wonder the Patriots win it every year.

  9. YouGetTheHorns says: Mar 22, 2012 12:24 PM

    Rex Ryan: We’re going to be great this year. We’ll win 28 or 30 games!
    Tim Tebow: That’s awesome! Thank you God!
    Rex Ryan: Maybe we’ll win 32 Games!
    Tim Tebow: Our God is an awesome God!
    Rex Ryan: We have the best guys on our team, we’ll win 2 superbowls this year.
    Tim Tebow: I’m on your team, am I one of the best guys?
    Rex Ryan: Uhhhhhh, I guess I have been known to exaggerate.

  10. paleandpasty says: Mar 22, 2012 12:25 PM

    So based on these comments Tebow is going to see a ton of playing time because Sanchez stinks.

  11. maxvv says: Mar 22, 2012 12:26 PM

    Someone ought to do some googleology on the number of times the Jets have been compared to a “circus” in the last three days. It’s getting older than Rex Ryan fat jokes/foot jokes/Super Bowl jokes/pretty much all of the Rex Ryan jokes.

  12. broncfanor says: Mar 22, 2012 12:26 PM

    The Tebowmania has already thrown Sanchez under the bus, and people wonder why Denver felt they had to trade him.

    Sorry Mark, looks like they have already decided to replace you with a FB.

  13. dd2189 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:27 PM

    Drew brees needs an explanation

  14. klee0384 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:28 PM

    Didn’t Sanchez say his new contract is a reminder that he is the team’s leader? LOL

  15. dolphinatic says: Mar 22, 2012 12:32 PM

    Damn. I know he is the next Steve Young. I’ve said it all along. Why U no come to Jags Timmy? Can I hate you as a Jet? What would Jesus do? I must pray to my imaginary sky deity for answers..

  16. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 22, 2012 12:32 PM

    See the guy on the left, that’s the alpha. Mark is a beta. #BetaSanchez

  17. pjagator says: Mar 22, 2012 12:33 PM

    Tebow will be used to replace a struggling Mark Sanchez? That means we’ll see him during the first drive of the first game of the season.

  18. drunkenagitator says: Mar 22, 2012 12:36 PM

    The “Wildcat”…lol. Does anyone remember that Miami used the “Wildcat” successfully in a few games back in 2008 when no one saw it coming, then barely at all after that? With all the Tebow hysteria you’d think this “Wildcat” offense was a real, legit thing. It’s not. It was a clever little fluke that worked, briefly, five seasons ago.

  19. cjspiller12 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:37 PM

    Tebow was so bad with completions while playing for Denver………. but now that he is a New York Jet, maybe he can teach Mark Sanchez to throw better interceptions!!

  20. pooinyourface says: Mar 22, 2012 12:38 PM

    Hey cwalker the Pats win the NFC East every year? Stick to your Dr Oz and Wendy Williams shows and get off this site Bc u know nothing about sports f*ggot

  21. squared80 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:38 PM

    Trading for Tebow has nothing to do with winning and everything to do with making money. Simple.

  22. cashisking4life says: Mar 22, 2012 12:40 PM

    Just let Tim be starter and let him get used to the first string so he can get his timing down and develop, don’t be stupid like Denver and have sit on the bench half the season. Just bench or cut Sanchez and keep drew as a number 2. The jets are so dumb! Who cares about feelings at the pro level, just bench Sanchez and hopefully he”ll demand a trade and give u a way out of the crap decision u Made by resigning him. Sanchez made no playoffs last yr! Yeah with Tim u may not win the Super Bowl, but at least you can get to playoffs and have a shot!

    I hate the excuse, well belichek knows how to stop Tebow, no he knew how to stop a predictable run only offense ran by fox and Denver that didn’t know what they were doin and were predictable. Not to mention, the pats brought in Denvers ex coach mcdaniels to help them in the playoffs.

    Last I remember was that the pats and bill belichek couldnt stop the wildcat against Miami when tony spurano was running it. I remember the pats and a few other team gettin derailed by the dolphins wildcat a few years ago.

  23. RexCanCoach says: Mar 22, 2012 12:40 PM

    Hate to let the cat out of the bag, but Tannenbaum only traded for Tebow because he was undervalued.

    Jets are going to trade Tebow during the draft to move up in round #1 for edge rusher.

    Clear as day to me, its the only reason that makes any sense at all for the Jets to grab Tebow.

  24. rg3isthekidinthegoodburgermovie says: Mar 22, 2012 12:42 PM

    There’s a reason teams don’t rotate QB’s….it doesn’t work. Rex just wanted Tebow because when he walks on water he goes barefoot.

  25. cashisking4life says: Mar 22, 2012 12:43 PM

    Maybe the jets can give Tim Tebow a new contract extension when they don’t have to like they did with sanchez

  26. hardpeaches says: Mar 22, 2012 12:43 PM

    Ugh, Tony Sparano had almost nothing to do with the Wildact being used in Miami. Outside of the fact that he was the head coach he really didn’t do anything.

    Dan Henning took the idea from college teams and other coaches he’d worked with. If the Jets or anyone else thinks Sparano is going to be some offensive “wildcat” genius they’re in for a harsh dose of reality.

  27. dlionsfan4life says: Mar 22, 2012 12:43 PM

    last year my buddies and i had this great debate, if you HAD to choose between Sanchez or Tebow, who would you choose? we couldnt honestly come to a final conclusion. now if i had to choose i’d pick Stanton…

  28. mrplow3 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:45 PM

    “Drew brees needs an explanation”

    I don’t know why but this comment had me litterally laughing out loud.

  29. braven4evr says: Mar 22, 2012 12:46 PM

    If teams stayed with their primary defensive pkgs last year and didn’t go into prevent defenses, Denver wouldn’t have been close to the playoffs!

  30. fwippel says: Mar 22, 2012 12:48 PM

    I hate this for Tebow. He needs time as a legitimate QB behind center to actually improve as a passer. Instead, he’s going to be turned into a gimmick “change of pace” player.

    Yeah, he wasn’t a Pro-Bowler last year, but he did perform well enough to help turn around the Broncos season, get a playoff birth, and help win a playoff game. He won’t have a chance to get better if his only time on the field will be as a wildcat QB.

  31. Patskrieg dot com says: Mar 22, 2012 12:48 PM

    Ahhh, the ollllld “a much more popular guy is waiting to take your spot as soon as you start to suck… but no pressure” tactic.

    Can’t tell you how many Super Bowls that one’s manufactured.

  32. sledgehorn says: Mar 22, 2012 12:49 PM

    @cwalker4205
    1)The Jets are in the AFC East.
    2)The Patriots and probably Bills as well, are quite the function-able franchises. Though the Jets and Dolphins … Not so much.

  33. whatswiththehate says: Mar 22, 2012 12:50 PM

    I will lose all respect for the Jets if they allow these spinmeister in the media to force Sanchez out of the starting position so we can be entertained week in and out with Tim Tebow trying to master the art of throwing a ball straight. The show air last season in Denver.

    It’s clear by the quickness in which Elway went after Peyton, broken or not, that he had enough of the Tim Tebow “potential” as a throwing QB and was ready to see the show go.

    Maybe Sanchez can ask for an out and go learn under a real QB else where and get far away from these clowns in the media and their puppet, wannabe QB.

  34. chipwade says: Mar 22, 2012 12:50 PM

    Brad Smith is a much better passer. They should have just traded with the Bills to get him back.

  35. agelardi says: Mar 22, 2012 12:51 PM

    Did he talk about the situation with Stanton too? Man, who would have thought there was an AFC East team with an even worse QB situation than the Dolphins.

  36. sterilizecromartie says: Mar 22, 2012 12:51 PM

    I’m surprised as to how much people are piling on the Jets here. All we did was criticize the strength of their locker room after the team fell apart late in the season. Now they bring in a guy who most people call a great “team guy” or “leader” and they are getting criticized for that. Jeez, tough crowd.

  37. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Mar 22, 2012 12:52 PM

    Please take into account that I am a long suffering Cowboys fan, but I must ask this question…… Can you name 3 more dysfunctional franchises in professional sports (nevermind NFL)? How clueless are the Moe (Woody), Larry (Mike) and Curly (Rex)? Can’t even get a face to face with Peyton, then lie about not being interested, extend Sanchez for no apparent reason (other than to console his fragile ego) when you had him under contract for 2 yrs, trade for Tebow and his circus in tow only after embarrassing yourselves about the specifics of his contract, bring on Stanton on backup QB, who 1 week later now wants to leave…. the countless times Rex has guaranteed a SB victory. I mean …… what a joke!

  38. modellforprez says: Mar 22, 2012 12:53 PM

    fearcly faught but frightfully flawed

  39. ajm323 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:58 PM

    as a Jet fan, I can only hope this works.. but this has DISASTER written all over it..

  40. rockthered1286 says: Mar 22, 2012 1:13 PM

    In fear of losing his (minimal) fan base in NY to Tebowmania, Sanchize attempts to date a huge pop star to compete with Timmy & Taylor Swift. Unfortunately, Selena Gomez is over 18.

  41. jimyritz says: Mar 22, 2012 1:24 PM

    What is Tannebaum talking about? Why sign Sanchez if you have no faith in him? You have 4 QB’s on the roster. The idea is to win a Super Bowl not the back page of the Post…Way to undermine your starter..

  42. gavriloprincip33 says: Mar 22, 2012 1:37 PM

    hardpeaches says:
    Mar 22, 2012 12:43 PM
    Ugh, Tony Sparano had almost nothing to do with the Wildact being used in Miami. Outside of the fact that he was the head coach he really didn’t do anything.

    —————–

    The fact that he was the head coach and didn’t do anything may have been the problem…

  43. brutus9448 says: Mar 22, 2012 1:37 PM

    I’m sure adding tim tebow to the mix will do wonders for the jets locker room. LOL

  44. ampats says: Mar 22, 2012 1:39 PM

    RexCanCoach AKA Greenasgrass,

    I guess based on all the demand from all the other 31 teams I can see why you made that statement. It’s good that despite all the other great offers the Broncos received for Tebow they were kind enough to trade him for a 4 &6 to the Jets.

    Are you high ???

  45. getsome99 says: Mar 22, 2012 1:48 PM

    drunkenagitator says:
    Mar 22, 2012 12:36 PM
    The “Wildcat”…lol. Does anyone remember that Miami used the “Wildcat” successfully in a few games back in 2008 when no one saw it coming, then barely at all after that? With all the Tebow hysteria you’d think this “Wildcat” offense was a real, legit thing. It’s not. It was a clever little fluke that worked, briefly, five seasons ago.

    *******************************************

    But they also drafted Pat White (a QB) to run it the following season. It didn’t work because Pat White couldn’t throw. It can be much more effective if you can also pass out of this formation. Miami could never get that player because they needed the roster spot to fill other needs. Obviously, Sparano still believes in it or they wouldn’t have traded for the one guy that can probably run it effectively. Wildcat, Zone Read, whatever you want to call it – Denver ran it last year and won a playoff game.

  46. pynflfan says: Mar 22, 2012 2:17 PM

    @cwalker4205 – tard the patriots are an AFC team and the jets/pats are in the AFC East

  47. ficklebystander says: Mar 22, 2012 2:33 PM

    “That’s what we’ve seen from several teams since Tony Sparano broke out the Wildcat in Miami and it isn’t a situation that creates much in the way of a quarterback controversy.”
    ********************************************
    I’m pretty sure the Panthers reintroduced the Wildcat formation in 2006 when Henning used DeAngelo Williams to overcompensate for the lack of a competent QB on the roster.

  48. richardhurtz says: Mar 22, 2012 2:34 PM

    Tebow will divide the locker room and only add another clown to the circus Rex Ryan has created in New York. After this move the Jets are on the verge of becoming a complete laughing stock. With the Pats still dominate and Bills gaining respectability, I predict the Jets finish 3rd in the division at 6-10.

    Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan will both be out of a job after this disaster and Tebow will end up on yet another team in 2013. The New York press and fans are going to “crucify” him but unlike the Jesus fairy tale Tebow bases his life on, he will not rise again!

  49. truthhurtstoo says: Mar 22, 2012 2:55 PM

    “After this move the Jets are on the verge of becoming a complete laughing stock”

    We’re way past that stage today… they’ve been a laughing stock since Wrecks came to town.

  50. hugejazz says: Mar 22, 2012 3:04 PM

    All this hate for a guy who just wins.

    All he does is win. That’s all he’s ever done. He’s done more in his short lifetime so far than anyone of you Putt-knockers will do in your entire lives.

  51. rollerino1 says: Mar 22, 2012 9:12 PM

    Personally, I’m wondering what was going through Sanchez’s mind when Tim landed at the airport in a private jet. The new “backup” QB in a private jet; looks like Rex has a shiny new toy.

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