- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Earlier this week, a report stated Jets owner Woody Johnson said Tebow-mania was "forced" upon him. On Wednesday, the New York Post had a more definitive explanation. The Post reports trading for Tebow was the brainchild of former general manager Mike Tannenbaum.
The Jets never pointed fingers publicly on the Tebow acquisition, which caused a myriad headaches this past season. But it was clear as the regular season transpired that it wasn't the coaching staff. Tebow was passed over twice for the starting job in favor Greg McElroy and a struggling Mark Sanchez.
The Post reports Tannenbaum came up with the idea to acquire Tebow after the Denver Broncos signed future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning last year. Several people in the Jets organization reportedly tried to talk Tannenbaum out of it, but to no avail.
This is one of several things that eventually got Tannenbaum fired. Tebow also will be traded or released this offseason, as the Jets try to move past this one-year mistake.