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Tannenbaum: Tebow's going to be a successful NFL QB, or die trying

Tim Tebow is seen in street clothes on

Tim Tebow is seen in street clothes on the sideline during the first half of a game against the Arizona Cardinals. (Dec. 2, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Tim Tebow will stop at nothing to be a winner -- even if it kills him.

That was Mike Tannenbaum's take on his former backup quarterback, who was rendered useless during his first season with the Jets.

During a Thursday morning appearance on "NFL AM," the former Jets GM defended his decision to trade for Tebow last March and said it "clearly wasn't" just a marketing move.

The Jets touted Tebow as an explosive playmaker who would thrive in their unpredictable, Tony Sparano-led Wildcat. But instead, the backup QB averaged less than seven offensive snaps per game and attempted just eight passes last season. 

Asked if Tebow's NFL careeer over, Tannenbaum said: "I could never say that. 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. Highly competitive. 

"Obviously there are some skills he has to work on; he has to be a more consistent thrower from the pocket -- we all know that. The accuracy. But with that, there are things he brings to the table. And we'll see how the offseason unfolds. He brings a lot to your team, and we felt, obviously -- special teams, he did some stuff there for us as well -- by getting him on the field, he would be able to make plays. Obviously, it didn't work out and I wish Tim well."

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