Important Reminder For All New York Jets Fans

An important reminder for all New York Jets fans who have been swept up in Tebow Mania

Lost in the madness of acquiring Tim Tebow and a brewing quarterback controversy, is something very important…There are other positions on the football field besides quarterback. Other positions that the Jets have serious, serious holes at. This is the New York Jets current depth chart at right tackle –

I don’t care who is playing quarterback if you can’t protect him. At left guard, they have an average player in Matt Slauson who will be coming off serious off-season surgery by the way which adds more concern to this unit as a whole.

This team still doesn’t have a starting wideout opposite Santonio Holmes. Unless you believe Chaz Schilens is going to produce more this year than he did in all four of his previous seasons…combined.

Rex Ryan believes he can win with a run heavy approach on offense aided by Tim Tebow thanks to a great defense. Unfortunately the Jets don’t have a great defense. Not with Bart Scott at inside linebacker. Not with Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas starting at outside linebacker. Not without a pass rusher. And certainly not without a free safety.

The Jets are in a division with a team who has two of the five best tight ends in the league and have nobody to cover them. The Jets are in division with a team that just signed Mario Williams and Mark Anderson but doesn’t have anybody to block them…at least Miami doesn’t have their act together.

…You got plenty of work to do Mike T.

TOJ 12 Pack: I Got Your Back Mark Sanchez Edition

12 reasons why I still have Mark Sanchez’s back as the starting quarterback of the New York Jets…and you should too

The TOJ 12 pack is back with a very special, very not Tim Tebow edition of the 12 pack. Today’s 12 pack is for the New York Jets starting quarterback. You remember that Mark Sanchez guy? The one who has won more playoff games than any quarterback in franchise history. The guy who beat Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in their buildings…in the playoffs. Yes, that guy –

1. I am continually amazed at how people talk down on Sanchez like he was without question the worst quarterback in the NFL last year. Did you watch Ryan Fitzpatrick play the second half of the season? Did you happen to catch any Josh Freeman last year? How about Sam Bradford or Kevin Kolb? I got news for you, there were plenty of quarterbacks who didn’t have 32 total touchdowns and win 8 games in 2011.

2. Let’s remember that despite the most “magical” season in NFL history, Tim Tebow’s team won 8 regular season games last year…the same amount Mark Sanchez’s team did, in what is considered by most Sanchez’s worst season.

3. I do know Tim Tebow beat Pittsburgh in the wild-card round of the playoffs last year. I also know he lost 45-10 to New England the following week in the divisional round. This is what Mark Sanchez did the year before to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the divisional round –

4. Considering they are both on the team now, I don’t want this article to turn into a Tebow bashing but let’s be clear, Mark Sanchez is much better NFL quarterback than Tim Tebow. If the Jets are winning a Super Bowl, it is with Sanchez playing 80% or more of the snaps and because having Tebow as a backup pushed him to a strong year.

5. You have heard this a million times before but really go take the time to do it…go look up Eli Manning and Drew Brees numbers from years 1-3, then tell me why you think Sanchez will be benched before week 4 and that it would be the right move?

6. The entire world seems to think Sanchez is timid and mentally weak. Mentally weak players don’t lead their teams to four comeback wins in a single season. Mentally weak players don’t quarterback their teams to four road playoff wins. Mentally weak players don’t find success in this market and guess what Mark Sanchez’s career record as a starter is 27-20 in the regular season and 4-2 in the playoffs. Unless you are one of five teams in the NFL, that is more success than your quarterback has had in the past three years.

7. Everybody also casually forgets that Sanchez had inconsistent at best and downright horrific at worst protection from his offensive line last year. He also had a split end who couldn’t get open. A questionable offensive coordinator and a running back who couldn’t break a big run if there were eight defenders on the field. He still posted career highs in completion percentage, yards and touchdowns.

8. Through three years, Sanchez has had four different pairs of starting receivers: Stuckey and Cotchery, Cotchery and Edwards, Holmes and Edwards, Holmes and Burress, and he will have a fifth one this season…so much for building consistency and chemistry.

9. Another popular myth on Sanchez is that he lacks the physical tools to be a NFL quarterback. Simply not true. He has shown more mobility than most quarterbacks in the league and his hit every throw in the playbook over the past few years, while playing for a cold weather team.

10. Nobody is saying Sanchez is a great quarterback. He isn’t. He has plenty left to prove and he is coming off a shaky end to the season. That being said, portraying him as a hapless, 12 year old minded athlete who has never had success in this league is simply incorrect and unfortunately that is what most mainstream analysts do.

11. If you want this team to be successful this year. You shouldn’t be rooting for Tebow to take Sanchez’s job. You should be rooting for Sanchez to have the best year of his career and for Tebow to be a valuable weapon the Jets use in certain packages and at certain times.

12. The media can focus on Tebow all they want. It will be Sanchez who determines if this team is a serious contender or not. Tebow has never beat Belichick. Sanchez has beat him 3 times. Tebow lost in Buffalo by 26 points last year. Sanchez won in Buffalo by 16.

The Positives Of Tim Tebow On The New York Jets

TOJ plays devil’s advocate with himself and explores the positives of Tim Tebow on the New York Jets

I haven’t been shy about expressing the potential negatives of Tim Tebow joining the New York Jets. However, no trade is ever a black and white issue. There are positive and negatives to each personnel move and this is no exception. Can this work? Absolutely but without question, the Jets are walking a fine line here between media circus, quarterback controversy and complete locker room mess. Ignoring those possibilities let’s examine why this was a smart move –

It can never hurt to add good football players to your team. Tim Tebow is a good football player. I am not sure if he is a good quarterback but that is an argument for a different day. It can also never hurt to add good people in your locker room. Tebow isn’t a cure all for the Jets locker room issues but having a person with a high character around is never a bad thing.

Tebow’s addition will benefit the Jets running game. In his perfect world, Rex Ryan would run the ball 60 times every game, never turn the football over and allow his defense to do the heavy lifting. This move brings him closer to that dream. The problem with that dream is that Ryan’s defense is no longer elite and won’t be until he finds a free safety and pass rusher. You also do need to throw the football at times because it is simply too damn hard to get points moving 3.5 yards at a time.

Yet strictly in terms of the running game, Tebow will be a great weapon in short yardage situations and should provide more lanes for Shonn Greene or Joe McKnight when he is in the game. He also has the ability to hurt teams over the top if they stack the box on him since he does throw a good deep ball.

Finally, Tebow came here with every intention of taking Mark Sanchez’s job. This acquisition is putting as much pressure as possible on Sanchez to perform. Where else does the backup quarterback have a press conference to introduce him? Where else do people await his arrival while posing in his famous stance? Sanchez has generally (outside of last year) thrived in pressure situations. There is a chance, and a bigger one than most people are acknowledging, that this move will push Sanchez to being the very good quarterback he has the potential to be.

List Of Played Out Tim Tebow/New York Jets Jokes

The following jokes about Tim Tebow and the New York Jets are already played out

It has been about 24 hours since Tim Tebow became a member of the New York Jets and the following jokes have already been played out by Twitter, Facebook and every other social media outlet available. Let’s retire them and get a little more creative, no?

– Tim Tebow better cover his ears when Rex Ryan talks! (Get it, because Rex Ryan curses a bunch and Tim Tebow doesn’t curse).

– Tim Tebow and Antonio Cromartie in the same locker room, neither support birth control but boy are they different! (Get it, because Tim Tebow is supposedly a virgin because of his religion and Antonio Cromartie has 9 kids from 8 women in 7 different states).

– Tim Tebow is a pious individual waiting to enjoy a life of monogamy, while Mark Sanchez bounces between Kate Upton (excuse to post this video), Meadow Soprano (sorry that’s always her name to me), and Hayden Panettiere (ok, that was Scotty McKnight)…(Get it, they are a regular odd couple).

– In general, any jokes about Tim Tebow being a good, religious dude and the Jets being a raucous group of vice loving maniacs.

– The circus analogies and puns.

– And of course, the jokes about the Jets having not one…but two quarterbacks who can’t complete a pass…Hey Buffalo, Miami, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Oakland, Kansas City, Houston, Indy, Jacksonville, Washington, Dallas, Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Atlanta, St. Louis, Seattle, San Francisco, and Arizona…we have not one, but two quarterback who have the same amount of playoff wins, if not more than your current quarterback…so

New York Jets: The Offensive Issues Of Tim Tebow As A Backup QB

TOJ breaks down the offensive issues of having Tim Tebow as your backup quarterback

The New York Jets have committed to Tim Tebow being their backup quarterback, ending the 4 days of the Drew Stanton era, who is already requesting a trade or release. Let’s examine the football aspects of Tebow being the backup. We know the media/locker room issues which are apparent to anybody with eyes or ears but how does having Tebow as your backup quarterback affect the development of your offense?

Tebow isn’t a traditional NFL quarterback. We saw what happened last year when he attempted to run a standard, pro-style offense and it wasn’t pretty. He is most effective running an offense tailored to his skill set. Call it the speed option. Call it the Wildcat. Call it whatever the hell you want, it is a completely different offense than the one Mark Sanchez and the first unit will be running.

Tony Sparano now has the challenge of installing, not one new offense, but two new offenses which the entire starting and backup group will learn. You remember complaints about things being too complicated under Brian Schottenheimer? You now have every lineman, tight end, running back, and wide receiver needing to learn the standard pro-offense Sparano will install for Sanchez and the quarterback as running back offense he will install for Tebow. It will involve completely different blocking schemes, route running, and steps for the running backs to learn.

What this means, is that instead of dedicating all of the practice and meeting room time to teaching Sanchez a new offensive system, large chunks of time will be spent fleshing out an offense the Jets could run if Sanchez is hurt, pulled or taken out for a few series for Tebow to jump start the offense (a scenario that Mike Tannenbaum said could happen on the radio today).

Keep in mind the Jets aren’t stocked with quarterbacking gurus to handle the process of teaching two new quarterbacks, two completely different offensive systems. They have Matt Cavanaugh, a holdover from the Schottenheimer regime who the coaches didn’t want back in the first place. He doesn’t know a thing about Sparano’s normal offense or Sparano’s Wildcat/Option offense, so he will be starting from scratch too.

I am not attempting to rain on the parade of fans who think Tebow can provide positive elements to this team because I believe that he can. However, it would be foolish to ignore the downside to having to dedicate practice/installment time to two offenses. Every advantage you get by making defenses prepare for two schemes, you are losing in preparation time to perfect one offense.

People talk about the jump Eli Manning and Drew Brees made after their third year with hopes that Sanchez could do a similar thing. Whether he was ever going to reach that level or not, the odds just became that much longer. If you played a sport, you know every second of practice time counts and the Jets will losing time to prepare a normal NFL offense. Will it be worth it for what the Wildcat brings? That is the question that will likely determine how long Mike Tanennbaum, Rex Ryan and Tony Sparano have jobs.

TOJ Roundtable: Tebow, Tebow, Tebow And The Jets

The TOJ writers discuss the pros and cons of the Tim Tebow trade

An emergency calling of the roundtable to discuss the pros and cons of the Tim Tebow trade to the New York Jets. I am going to sit this one out, as I wrote about 5,000 words on it yesterday and have plenty more on the way today.

Chris Gross: First, let’s look at why this could be viewed as an idiotic move by Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan. The Jets have been portrayed as a circus since the public meltdown after last season’s loss to Miami in week 17. There is a great scare that Tim Tebow, and the massive amount of publicity that he receives, will only add to the zoo that has become the New York Jets.

There is also the fear that Tebow’s presence will cause a split between players and fans if Mark Sanchez begins to struggle. The assumption here is based on how the fans and players of the Denver Broncos pushed for Tebow to take over for Kyle Orton after he got off to a shaky start last season. However, the fact of the matter is Kyle Orton is not Mark Sanchez. In his seven seasons in the NFL, Orton has never won a playoff game. In three seasons, Sanchez has won 4 postseason games, all on the road mind you. There is no question that Mark Sanchez, who was just given a three-year contract extension, is the starting quarterback for the New York Jets. Tebow is not being brought in here to challenge Sanchez for that title, regardless of what the so-called experts in the media say. Instead, Tebow will serve as a very useful weapon in Tony Sparano’s arsenal, regardless of what capacity that may end up being.

Sanchez will not feel threatened by Tim Tebow. Regardless of what people say, Sanchez is not fragile. He has taken more scrutiny and physical beatings on the field (Hello Wayne Hunter) in his first three seasons combined than some quarterbacks face in their entire career. Tebow was not brought to the Jets to take Sanchez’s job. He was brought to New York to help the Jets win, and that is exactly what he is going to do.

Anyone who is a fan of football has grown to know Tim Tebow as many things. He is super competitive, he is a winner, and most of all, he is a team player. It is understandable that fans view this move by the Jets as an acquisition of a glorified role player. However, if Sparano uses him correctly, Tebow will serve as much more than a Wildcat quarterback. At 6’3” 245 pounds, there is so much flexibility to how Tebow can be used.

Tebow will dedicate everything he has and fulfill that role to the best of his ability, which he has shown to be extremely high. He is certainly one of the hardest working, most determined players in the NFL, and on top of that he wants to win more than anything.

Matt Fritz: Tough for me to even try to give positives out of getting Tim Tebow from the Broncos since I have been a Tebow hater all along, but I’ll do my best. In all honesty, if the reason we got Tim Tebow is for what I truly believe it to be, then I cannot fault the Jets on this decision entirely. Just after giving Mark Sanchez an extension, do you really think the Jets are thinking of making Tebow their every down quarterback? No, the Jets reached out and got Tim Tebow because they feel as though it will make their offense that much better. Tebow will most likely get somewhere around 10-12 snaps a game, all primarily out of the wildcat, and could be a nice change of pace in the Jets offense, much like Brad Smith was two years ago.

This is ultimately how I would like the Jets to go about handling Tim Tebow in the Jets offense next season. Whether they use him like that or not we will just have to wait and find out. In the end, as much as I despise this trade, I will admit three things about Tim Tebow that there are no denying. He is a winner, he is tough, and he’s got God on his side.

We all know it’s the same song and dance. Mark comes out in the first game next year and throws two picks, and the whole New York Media and Jet fan base are calling for Tim Tebow to take over . This is ultimately my biggest fear out of all of this mess. Obviously the talk has been that Mark needs to feel some pressure behind him at the QB position, but he doesn’t need to feel like he has to be perfect. On top of that, I just don’t think that Tim Tebow is a very good quarterback. Do I think he is a tremendous athlete? Yes. Do I think he is extraordinarily tough? Absolutely. Do I think he is a winner? He’s proven that.  It’s just that if Jet fans are calling for a switch from Sanchez to Tebow next year, there just simply won’t be an upgrade.

Rob Celletti: I have a lot swirling in my mind right now, so I’m unable to really lay things out in a pro/con fashion.  I will just say that I think this is one of the worst personnel decisions that the Jets have made in the history of their franchise, for two reasons:

1) The Jets have proven that selling Tebow jerseys and PSLs are ahead of winning football games on their list of priorities.  And to send Mike Tannenbaum out there to basically lie about the main motivation for this move to the media is tantamount to spitting in the faces of the intelligent members of the Jets fanbase.  This move insults me, which brings me to…

2) If it insults me, how do you think Mark Sanchez feels right now?  What’s worse, what happens when Sanchez plays merely a mediocre half at MetLife Stadium and the Jets find themselves trailing by 7 or 10 points?  I was in the old building when people literally cheered when Chad Pennington was injured.  This is one of the most brutal fanbases in sports.  The “We Want Tebow!” chant will be deafening.  And it will be the death knell to Mark Sanchez’s career as a Jet.

Some people claim that this won’t/shouldn’t affect Sanchez.  They have to be kidding.  Did they witness what occurred last year?  Throw in Rex Ryan, Santonio Holmes and however many “unnamed players”, and the 2012 circus could make 2011 look like the Monmouth County fair.

I won’t even touch upon the 8 other positions the Jets should have prioritized over gimmick/backup/wildcat quarterback.  I’m just too upset.  All I know is that being born into Jets fandom is something that will test my love of sports for as long as I walk this earth. I’m sure I’ll eventually come around to Tebow, and learn to grin and bear it, but all I can say is that being a Jets fan is extremely difficult for me right now.

Tim Tebow Trade Becomes Official

The New York Jets trade for Tim Tebow has become official. Thoughts on Jets press conference announcing his arrival

The New York Jets trade for Tim Tebow became official tonight after a nearly 8 hour back and forth over how much his future guaranteed salary would be paid by the team. It was finalized at 2.5 million, an awfully high amount to pay a backup who is supposed to be a situational player especially when you are lacking a right tackle and free safety…but that is for another day.

It is being reported by Chris Mortensen that Tebow had a choice between the Jets and Jacksonville and chose to come to New York. This is obviously an admirable move, although the validity of the report is being questioned by some. If it is true, Tebow showed that he is a competitor and instead of taking the easy road in irrelevant Jacksonville, he wanted to come to the world’s largest media market to a team who is closer to being a contender.

That being said, I still feel the same way I did this afternoon about the trade. I don’t like it for the Jets as an organization but that doesn’t mean I won’t root for Tebow to perform when he is on the field. I respect him as a competitor and athlete, so welcome to New York…

Here are a few important nuggets from Tannenbaum’s conference call tonight –

– Tim Tebow is the number two quarterback. Both him and Sanchez have been made aware of that. Tebow will featured in certain packages (Wildcat) – Look for either Drew Stanton or Greg McElroy to be moved soon. This is also answers the depth chart question from before but doesn’t solve the problem of bouncing between two offenses.

– He insisted Jets didn’t misread contract, there was just ongoing disagreement with Denver about how compensation would work. – All semantics now. Bottom line is you are paying 2.5 million for another quarterback when you have other holes.

– The line of the off-season from the Jets organization will be “Every quarterback has a backup” – Different type of beast with Tebow in town.

Roundtable and more analysis coming tomorrow…

TOJ Analysis Of Tim Tebow Trade

TOJ with thoughts on the unthinkable, Tim Tebow is now on the New York Jets

Well, it has happened. The New York Jets, masters of the media spectacle, have traded for Tim Tebow. They gave up a 4th and 6th round pick and received a 7th rounder back from Denver as part of the deal. I was about as clear as possible that I wasn’t in support of this move prior to it happening but it has happened. I root for the laundry folks, just like you should and would never root against an individual player just to make my thoughts on a trade look right. That being said, let’s review what this move means –

1. Whether you want to admit it or not, a huge reason for this deal was to grab headlines back from the New York Giants, who get their headlines…by you know, winning Super Bowls. It brings attention to the organization and demonstrates them working to improve their character in the locker room. I am all for improving the character of the team but this trade is going to lead to locker room issues. It is also somewhat embarrassing to constantly be making knee jerk reaction trades after every Giants Super Bowl victory. We all remember how Brett Favre worked out in 2008.

2. What locker room issues you ask? The constant quarterback debate hanging over the head of every player and coach in the organization. When you have two quarterbacks, you often have zero. Imagine if this team starts out 0-1 and Sanchez has an average performance? The first question to every coach and player will be, should the team start Tebow and play him full time? Very rarely do you see teams succeed in that type of environment.

3. We don’t know what Tebow’s exact role/spot on the depth chart is going to be. This might sound like a silly statement but think about it. Is the team going to cut Drew Stanton, who they just signed and make Tebow the number two? If you make Tebow the number three quarterback, there are rules about when you could use him in the game. Are they going to list him at a different position and use him specifically just for the Wildcat? Now you have one less running back or receiver active for a player who could play 5-6 snaps and doesn’t play special teams.

You might laugh at the above comment about Stanton but Tebow is going to run a completely different offense than Sanchez. You need a backup who can run the offense as it is normally installed, not the speed option. It is a completely different game when Tebow goes in, different plays, different blocking schemes…different everything. Tebow can’t be a traditional backup and just hop into a normal offense. We saw what happened when he did that against Detroit last season.

You are now splitting up your practice time to learn basically two offenses, which in a way is a nice weapon, but in reality takes away from both because you aren’t giving all your focus to one.

4. I am no way near as concerned about Sanchez’s psyche as many people are. He has been playing quarterback in New York for three years. I think he is mentally tougher than people give him credit for. From a practical on field standpoint, continually pulling him out of the game for the Wildcat is going to interrupt his rhythm but from a mental standpoint, if he can’t handle the Tebow trade he shouldn’t be here anyway. Ideally, this trade will push him to reach his potential but that could be wishful thinking with the type of circus Tebow brings to town.

5. Do you have any doubt about the Jets desire to run the football? Rex Ryan and Tony Sparano clearly have their mindset on being one of the most run heavy teams in the league, if not the most run heavy. I wouldn’t expect to see the Jets sign another receiver in free agency or draft one before the 5th round.

6. By the way, the Jets still need a right tackle…in case you forgot. Buffalo just signed Mark Anderson to pair with Mario Williams, Anderson had 10 sacks last season…4 more than any player on the Jets.

7. Can this work? Sure. I am not going to sit here and be naive enough to act like there aren’t positives to this trade just because I don’t like it overall. First off, Tebow is a leader and a winner. He is a good presence to have in the locker room. He shouldn’t just push Sanchez on the field, he should push Sanchez in the locker room, meeting room and everywhere else. Second, if designed properly the Jets should have a very strong rushing attack…particularly in short yardage. Third, Tebow can hurt teams over the top if they stack the box on the Jets Wildcat. He can throw the deep ball…nothing else…but can throw the deep ball. Fourth, just about every member of the mainstream media has written this off as an idiotic trade, which makes it more enjoyable to root for as a Jets fan.

New York Jets and Tim Tebow? Hell No!

Trading for Tim Tebow is the wrong move for the New York Jets

Don’t do it, Mike Tannenbaum…don’t do it. Tim Tebow is a name and a big one at that, not a need. You know what is foolish? Extending your franchise quarterback’s contract, signing another quarterback and then trading for yet another one before you find yourself a right tackle. The Jets need Vernon Carey right now more than they need Tim Tebow. They need Damien Woody to come out of retirement right now more than they need Tim Tebow.

Nevermind the outstanding needs at wide receiver and running back and we haven’t even got started on defense, where they need a safety who can cover, along with a pass rusher.

Trading for Tebow is a headline grabbing move to show “hey, we care about fixing our locker room.” It is great that you want to fix your locker room but you shouldn’t have extended Mark Sanchez if you didn’t think he was capable of it. In reality, trading for Tebow brings an entire new wave of problems to this locker room and this team.

Is it worth it for Tebow? Absolutely not. I don’t care if Denver trades him to the Jets for a bag of footballs. Can we stop acting like it is 2008 when it comes to the Wildcat? The Wildcat helped the Dolphins to a division title that season, where they were crushed in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens. They haven’t made the playoffs since. Maybe you watched a different NFL than I did last year but I didn’t see the Wildcat make any type of impact anywhere. As a matter of fact, I don’t recall seeing a single Wildcat play run throughout the entire playoffs.

The five to ten plays a game (at most) the Jets should be running out of the Wildcat can be handled by Jeremy Kerley or Joe McKnight.

Those five to ten plays aren’t worth the circus coming to town. They aren’t worth potentially dividing the locker room as split between Sanchez and Tebow supporters. They aren’t worth the headlines and fans calls for Sanchez to the bench for Savior Tebow if the Jets start 0-1. Stop with the attempts to be headline whores and go improve your football team. Go get a tackle, safety and a running back. You want to improve your rushing attack? Go sign Michael Bush, Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis or trade for Jonathan Stewart, they will produce just as much if not more than Tebow in the running game without the insanity.

Everybody who is clamoring for Tebow to come here is basically talking him up as a short yardage running back. A short yardage running back isn’t worth the stupidly quick hook Sanchez will be on if Tebow is on this team. He isn’t worth adapting a Wildcat offense to in a league that has already figured out the Wildcat.

Look at the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens formula for success last year. They were both were fluke plays away from the Super Bowl and they got there with power running, defense and taking timely shots down the field. Build yourself in that model, don’t build yourself in the outplayed gimmick model. You can’t win how New England or the Giants won last year because you don’t have an elite quarterback but you can win how the 49ers and Ravens did last year, just make sure your punt returner can catch and your kicker can make chip shot field goals.

Don’t do it…Mike Tannenbaum. Build a winning football team not a media strategy.