The Tebow trade, if considered in a vacuum, was actually a decent decision from a football standpoint. You could do worse than giving up a 4th for an offensive weapon who basically saves a roster space with his versatility.
However, I believe the correct order of operations SHOULD have been the following:
1. Leave Sanchez's contract alone and find cap space elsewhere. With 2 years remaining, he was neither a lame duck, nor was he getting the full backing of the front office. Which he didn't deserve given his performance.
2. Bring in a backup QB to challenge Sanchez for the job. Whether that was Tebow, Jason Campbell, Kyle Orton, or any other player who could provide token pressure to Sanchez.
3. In the unlikely event Sanchez loses the job in a fair competition, no, it wouldn't have been good news, but at least the coaching staff and front office could start to look in the proper direction. The same would be true if Sanchez won the job but lost it later in the season.
4. If Sanchez wins the job and goes on to have a solid year, THEN you can re-evaluate his contract and decide if he deserves an extension. If he wins the job and has a "meh" year, then you consider whether you want to cut him and look elsewhere or let him go into the final season of his deal as a lame duck.
However, Tannenbaum decided to do everything backwards, which I think will ultimately will end in his demise, to the delight of T0mShane.
He handed Sanchez more money and years. Then he brought in a backup (Drew Stanton) who had no shot at pushing Sanchez. Finally, he went after Tebow, who perhaps is not a legitimate backup QB but he is still on the depth chart as the # 2 and has started with some success in this league, and of course has an undeniable cult following.
THAT, my friends, is truly putting the cart before the horse.
Edited by Jetsfan80, 03 April 2012 - 03:53 PM.