The New York Jets And Tim Tebow Are A Match Made In Hell
Rex Ryan and the New York Jets front office must enjoy controversy and turmoil. How else can you explain the team acquiring Tim Tebow in a trade from Denver for two lower round draft picks despite last week’s public statement that Mark Sanchez is your guy. Well, that Sanchez thing didn’t make much sense either now that you think about it. They gave the quarterback that struggles with the concept of being a leader a three-year $40.5 million extension to boost his confidence — right after they flirted with the idea of acquiring Peyton Manning before getting blown off and watching him go to the Denver Broncos. Maybe that’s why they went after Tebow, to stick it to the Broncos. Well, no, that would be weird because obviously the Broncos didn’t want Tebow or else they wouldn’t have signed Manning to such a lucrative deal despite Tebow taking the team to the playoffs and a shocking upset over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
So now you have Mark Sanchez and his fragile ego (but better skills) having to look over his shoulder as Tim Tebow tries to wrap his head around the role he’ll play in New York. And you can’t forget about the testy New York fans as well as that little thing called “TebowMania.” That puts a whole new spin on this charade. The grumbles have already begun both in the press and in the locker room. Antonio Cromartie said it best on Twitter: “Why are we doing this?”
Why are they doing this?
It is assumed that Tebow will be Sanchez’s backup to start the season, sespite Tebow’s 7-4 record as a Broncos starter eclipsing Sanchez’s 8-8 record. The Jets were expected to make the playoffs, the Broncos were expected to struggle through the year as Kyle Orton got them off to an 1-4 start. Neither played out as expected. Tebow exploded, Sanchez regressed and now they are on the same team that has soap opera written all over it. The more Tebow sits on the bench, the more his legend will grow in stature. If Mark Sanchez throws an interception against the practice squad, best believe it will be documented and the chants for Tebow will begin. If the Jets front office and Rex Ryan thought the media and fans crushing them last season was bad, wait until this season.
What makes this even more difficult is the fact that Tebow is so polarizing as an athlete and a personality. His quarterback skills are far inferior to Sanchez, but the kid knows how to win. The fact that he wears his religion on his sleeve and has such a legendary college career spikes the kool aid that much more. People either love him or love to hate him because they don’t understand him. But he was a winner last year. That’s what matters. Sanchez doesn’t have that gene yet and perhaps never will. But saddling these two together on the same team is a recipe for disaster in the locker room.
Tim Tebow deserved better than this. The Jets had a chance to wash the dirt from their hands by allowing Tebow to go back to Florida and play for Jacksonville when the trade hit a snag. But they didn’t. They basically told everyone that had a problem with it, “F*** You!”
Maybe the Jets are hoping that Tebow’s spirituality will save them.