The failed Tim Tebow deal isn’t the only reason Mike Tannenbaum is a former general manager now, but the old Jets boss is still defending the Jets backup quarterback, saying he still thinks he can succeed.
During the appearance on the NFL Network in which he said he regretted the Mark Sanchez extension, Tannenbaum held firm on his belief in Tebow.
“This is a guy who was successful in high school, won championships in college, and he’s the type of person who’s either going to be successful as a pro quarterback or die trying,” Tannenbaum said, via the Newark Star-Ledger. “He’s highly competitive. Obviously there’s some skills he has to work on. He has to be a more consistent thrower from the pocket, we all know that; the accuracy. But with that, there are things he does bring to the table.”
We’ll find out in the coming weeks if anyone agrees with him. There can’t be a trade market for him, not with the Jaguars publicly disavowing him as soon as general manager Dave Caldwell got the chance.
So if/when the Jets cut him, he’ll be free for anyone to take a chance on. You can’t rule out the Patriots bringing him around, because of Josh McDaniels’ presence and Bill Belichick’s tendency to take otherwise unwanted guys to prove he can make use of them. But beyond that, it’s hard to find many quarterback depth charts that would be upgraded by his addition.