TOJ Roundtable: Tebow, Tebow, Tebow And The Jets

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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.

4 thoughts on “TOJ Roundtable: Tebow, Tebow, Tebow And The Jets

  1. Maybe having Tebow on his heels is just what sanchez needs. Atleast we’ll be able to see how sanchez truely performs now that we have the excuse of him just not working hard enough out of the way.

  2. Tebow and the Jets
    by Rigby

    Jet Fans, kneel and pray together
    Your QB’s tight with someone who’s been known to change the weather
    He’ll shill the golden rule all right
    And New York bound
    You’re gonna hear some Christian music
    But will he astound?

    Hail Mary and Wildcat – have you seen him yet?
    Could Sanchez be out?
    T- T- T-Tebow and the Jets

    Some say he’s weird and some wonderful
    Now Tebow he’s wearin’ Green
    He’s got them Christian roots wore Gator “boots”
    But is he ready for the New York scene?
    T- T- T-Tebow and the Jets

    Jet fans, come on get your faith back
    Playing from behind then Tebow makes a comeback
    He could survive, if Jesus helps him throw long
    But we have no patience ‘bout our defeats
    And we don’t like to be wronged

    Hail Mary and Wildcat – have you seen him yet?
    Are you still in doubt?
    T- T- T-Tebow and the Jets

    Will he be jeered or (in)credible?
    This still remains to be seen
    He’s got them Christian roots wore Gator “boots”
    Bet he’s never met a City “Queen”
    T- T- T-Tebow and the Jets

    Hail Mary and Wildcat – have you seen him yet?
    Could force Sanchez out.
    T- T- T-Tebow and the Jets

    Some say he’s weird and some wonderful
    Now Tebow he’s bleedin’ Green
    He’s got them Christian roots wore Gator “boots”
    And knows the words to John 3:17
    T- T- T-Tebow and the Jets

  3. As bad as we where last year why dont you all stop your crying and give the guy a chance. After all he did turn around a Denver team that gave away its leading receiver and started from a 1-4 record from Kyle Orton. Id say he could give us alittle more fire and scare a few defenses with what he could add to our offense. And by the way dont forget who brought them back form the dead and got them to the playoffs which we did not make. OH and he did beat us also on his way to the playoffs.

  4. Now we need to get back to find us some help in free agency. We need a LB and the one i hope they go after is Jameel MCclain from the Ravens before someone grabs him . And to fill one more hole before the draft i would hope that they could work out a deal with Kareem MCkenzie OT so we could dump Wayne Hunter he was 31 out 32 offensive tackles last season so to get rid of that problem before the draft would be hugh. Then they could go after Courtney Upshaw DE from Alabama. And maybe a runningback or playmaker in the second or 3 round. GO JETS

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