Tim Tebow: How Mike Tannenbaum's Firing Affects Polarizing QB's Future with Jets

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 11:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 11, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow endured a miserable 2012 season with the New York Jets. However, things could change this offseason with a new front office coming to town.

Owner Woody Johnson decided to fire general manager Mike Tannenbaum at the end of the season but also chose to keep Rex Ryan as head coach. He also is stipulating to GM candidates that Ryan must stay at least through next season, according to Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger.

Orr writes that the favorites to take over the job are Atlanta Falcons player personnel director Dave Caldwell and Tom Gamble, the San Francisco 49ers' director of player personnel.

Based on his latest canceled interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars, it is believed that Gamble is the favorite to be the next GM of the Jets.

If this is the case, it could be the end of Tebow's tenure in New York.

Gamble has known Rex Ryan for a long time and even worked under his father, Buddy Ryan, with the Philadelphia Eagles. This relationship is sure to make the transition easier between a boss and an employee whom he is forced to retain.

However, the two working together could also help them to see eye to eye on various personnel moves. 

One of the biggest decisions the new regime will have to make is what to do with Tebow. The popular quarterback came over in a trade with the Denver Broncos after he led his team to a win in the playoffs last year.

Unfortunately, things did not go smoothly with his new team. He only threw eight passes all year and was used primarily in Wildcat packages. When starting quarterback Mark Sanchez was eventually benched, third-stringer Greg McElroy was given the start in Week 16.

If it was not clear by his actions that Ryan did not believe in Tebow, his words after Week 17 ended any debate. As he said in his last press conference (via NFL.com), "If I thought Tebow would have helped us win the game playing quarterback or defensive tackle, I would have played him."

Tannenbaum made the trade for Tebow because he felt that the player would help the organization. It is obvious that Ryan felt differently. With a new GM, Ryan might be able to get his point across. 

It is unknown what kind of value Tebow will have in the trade market. However, the new front office has to make an attempt to get rid of him in any way possible.

It does not make sense to keep a player on a team who does not have the respect of the head coach.

In another setting, Tebow has a chance to succeed. There are plenty of teams around the NFL that could use a quarterback, and Tebow has plenty of support from fans around the country.

However, parting ways with the Jets would be the best thing for everyone involved.