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Tannenbaum doesn’t view Tebowmania as a negative

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Jets G.M. Mike Tannenbaum joined PFT Live on Thursday to discuss a broad range of topics, including the one that everyone wants to discuss.

Backup quarterback Tim Tebow.

I asked Mike whether the reaction to the trade for Tebow was even bigger than the Jets had anticipated.

“We had a good idea of what we were getting ourselves into,” Tannenbaum said.  “Tim’s a pretty unique person with a very unique following.  And when we made the decision from a football standpoint — and, you know, that’s our charge, and [owner] Woody [Johnson] always reiterates that and we sat down with Coach [Tony] Sparano and [head coach] Rex [Ryan] — we felt like by far this was the best opportunity for us to try to get back to some of the diversity we want to do on offense, running different types of plays. And we just thought it was a great opportunity, and I felt like from my standpoint, Mike, that we should be able to create the infrastructure where Tim [and] the rest of his teammates could be successful, and we can manage the distractions.”

So, basically, the Jets are embracing Tebowmania.  Or, at a minimum, it’s not causing them to hide under the bed.  Yet.

“When you make a move like this, you know there’s going to be a lot of people that are going to follow him, but we don’t look at that as a negative.”

Tannenbaum said more about Tebow, even though the G.M. declined to delve into all of the ways that Tebow will be used on special teams by a coordinator who recently described Tebow as more potent that former Jets jack-of-all-trades Brad Smith.  You can check out the Tebow related clip below.  The full interview can be seen by clicking the link in the right rail, or by clicking the “PFT Live” button above.

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18 Responses to “Tannenbaum doesn’t view Tebowmania as a negative”
  1. sportsmeccabi says: May 17, 2012 4:24 PM

    They wouldn’t have traded for him if he thought it was a negative.

  2. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 17, 2012 4:24 PM

    Of course. The Jets live for the media attention. If there isn’t a week that goes by that a member of the Jets isn’t in the news, somebody in the PR department gets fired.

  3. jmagnet28 says: May 17, 2012 4:25 PM

    Wow. What a story. The man who orchestrated the trade doesn’t think the mania surrounding the player he traded for is negative. Wow. This is deep, deep stuff here.

  4. objectivenflfan says: May 17, 2012 4:25 PM

    “You know I’m just excited to to be apart of an exciting franchise. Haha. I’m mostly jacked about the football juice me and Coach Ryan shared together on our exciting dinner. Ate some exciting food. Haha. It’s an exciting time. I understand what I came here to do and I’m excited about the opportunity to compete with a great QB in Mark Sanchez.”

  5. trollaikman8 says: May 17, 2012 4:27 PM

    That Billichick tree of GM’s is just terrruble.

  6. nyyjetsknicks says: May 17, 2012 4:28 PM

    Someone should tell the NY Jets they play in NY and don’t need this or Hard Knocks to get the media’s attention.

  7. catquick says: May 17, 2012 4:30 PM

    With all the shirts and stuff thats been sold, the Jets already got Tebow for free.

  8. ampats says: May 17, 2012 4:41 PM

    With the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft the NY Jets select Matt Barkley. New Head Coach/GM Jon Gruden is looking forward to the new era of Jets Football for the 2013 season.

  9. tombrookshire says: May 17, 2012 4:46 PM

    Yet!

  10. bonato55 says: May 17, 2012 5:00 PM

    They are using him for the locker room fix he gives…… Also maybe a little on offense and for Sanchez to step his game up a little or hes OUT!

  11. andyreidcarboload says: May 17, 2012 5:04 PM

    6-10, book it.

  12. cuda1234 says: May 17, 2012 5:06 PM

    Tim and the rest of the guys? Nice. Tebow couldn’t have said it better himself!

  13. shackdelrio says: May 17, 2012 5:09 PM

    PT Barnum agrees.

  14. mojodoa says: May 17, 2012 5:24 PM

    Popcorn, Beer, Lazy-Boy, Remote – sit back and enjoy the ride. This is going to be absolute chaos.

  15. 72dolphinsfan says: May 17, 2012 5:37 PM

    Miami’s stale, ground and pound offense from last yr, its terrible oline coach, and 2 bad QB. This is going to be fun to watch. Over/under the Jets kicker/punter make the Pro Bowl?

  16. granadafan says: May 17, 2012 5:43 PM

    The Jests are so used to a circus atmosphere with a loudmouthed coach with certain fetishes, sulking WRs, new-contract-demanding players, weekly guarantees of Superbowls, frequent visits from Maury Povich alerting players if they ARE the father, scandals with hot Latina reporters, etc, what’s another few cameras and worshipers for Tebow?

  17. squared80 says: May 17, 2012 5:58 PM

    Just like Tim Tebow, Tannenbaume is all about the money… so why would he be bothered by a steady stream of income from ignorant non-football fans buying all of Tebow’s stuff?

  18. kokomike says: May 17, 2012 6:57 PM

    Tebow is different. New York is different. Tebow is coming home. It’s money.

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