Mike Tannenbaum spoke about both of his former quarterbacks on Thursday during his “Mike Tannenbaum Across America Tour” in Los Angeles. The New York Jets former GM appeared on NFL Network’s “NFL AM” show, and was asked about both the Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez sagas.
Tannenbaum had been brutally scrutinized for bringing in Tebow, but for also giving Sanchez that major extension after a sub-par performance during the 2011 season. The two “hot-button” issues that backfired are the major reasons that led to Tannenbaum’s dismissal, and he addressed them yesterday.
When asked about the future of Tebow’s career, Tannenbaum denied any indication that his career is soon to be over.
“I could never say that,” he said. “This is a guy that was successful in high school, won championships in college. He’s the type of person, he’s either going to be successful as a pro quarterback, or die trying.”
Tannenbaum also addressed the unnecessary and irrational contract extension for Sanchez, and claims that, he “didn’t know.”
“I don’t think I’d sign a quarterback to an extension knowing that he’d have 26 turnovers. That may be one of the reasons I’m sitting here with you guys,” said Tannenbaum. The deal that Sanchez landed in 2012 includes an $8.25 million guarantee for 2013, which makes it difficult for the Jets to move him, and no one wants to trade for him.
The humor of Tannenbaum could be appreciated, but Sanchez also had 26 turnovers in 2011, but still received the extension. Maybe that’s why he was sitting with them yesterday.