Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum’s decision to trade for quarterback Tim Tebow this offseason has been a non-factor on the field at best and a major distraction off the field at worst. But Tannenbaum isn’t willing to call that trade a mistake.
Tannenbaum said on WFAN that he still thinks Tebow is a good player to have on the Jets, even though Tebow is averaging just 3.4 yards a carry rushing and has just 40 passing yards, and even though many observers have questioned whether the presence of Tebow has been a hindrance to Mark Sanchez.
“I look at Tim as a great teammate, a competitor,” Tannenbaum said. “He’s done a lot of great things for us. You see him on the practice field working hard. . . . From a production standpoint it hasn’t been necessarily where we thought it’d be, but he has converted first downs.”
Tannenbaum acknowledged he was upset that an anonymous teammate was quoted as calling Tebow “terrible.”
“I hated that,” Tannenbaum said. “I was disappointed to see it.”
The Jets are 3-6 and unlikely to make the playoffs, but Tannenbaum said he’s not worried about his own job.
“I’m not worried about me right now. I’m the last thing I’m worried about — I’m worried about this team and anything I can do to help,” Tannenbaum said. “I do feel like we’re going to turn it around.”
If they don’t turn it around, Tannenbaum probably won’t be the one to decide about the future of Tebow, Sanchez or anyone else on the Jets.