Exclusive: NFL Writer Bart Hubbuch Sits Down with the Jet Press

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Sep 25, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum during the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

TJP- In your opinion, have the Jets take the appropriate steps to move forward from the failures of 2011? Why or why not, and what would you do differently if anything?

BH-Not really, sorry. I really like the Coples pick if they can get him to stop taking plays off like he did in college, and Hill’s speed is intriguing. But I’m on record saying the decision to bring back Santonio Holmes was a disaster in the making, and Mike Tannenbaum’s relative indifference to free agency remains a mystery to me considering the glaring holes this team has and the lack of depth that will likely haunt them late in the season. Why didn’t they try to sign Eric Winston? Where are the receivers? Why do they insist on retaining so much cap room? My suspicion for three years running is that Tannenbaum’s hands are tied in the money department, which should concern Jets fans greatly.

TJP-The elephant in the room, the one that everybody likes to talk about is Tim Tebow? What do you think of the move? There is really no history for it, but can the Jets make a two quarterback system work
successfully?

BH-Put me in the “no” category. I thought it was a terrible move, one orchestrated by Woody Johnson solely for marketing purposes, and it has the potential to divide the team very quickly. I’m not saying Sanchez has a locker-room full of defenders, but uncertainty about the quarterback — especially on a series-to-series basis like the Jets are talking about — are almost always season-killers in the NFL. I wish I could be more hopeful for you, but this decision was made for the wrong reasons and it will take an unlikely repeat of Tebow’s magic with the Broncos last year to make it a good one.

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