New York Jets Therapy Sessions: PTSD – Post Tebow Stress Disorder

Cole Patterson continues his New York Jets Therapy Sessions with a look at Post-Tebow Stress Disorder

In “New York Jets Therapy Session” Cole Patterson examines a particular issue that the New York Jets face in a metaphorical therapy scenario. Treatments are prescribed from the perspective of a position of control with the franchise or through actions that have already been taken. Today’s edition focuses on Post Tebow Stress Disorder.

Diagnosis: The National Institute of Mental health says that PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) “develops after a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm.” The other PTSD, Post Tebow Stress Disorder, occurs under very similar circumstances. The stress and fear experienced during the brief “Tebow-Era” in Florham Park may have scarred both fans and the team.


– Gnawing regret over what might have been

– Unquenchable fury towards Mike Tannenbaum

– Terror about the potential of #15 in Belichick’s hands

– Night Sweats

– Disastrous QB depth charts

– Jobless coordinators and general managers


Restructuring the Quarterback Room: Cognitive restructuring helps PTSD patients understand what happened to them in a realistic way. So understand this Jets fans: Tebow was never a threat to Mark Sanchez’s starting job, and that is saying something. Besides fan demand, Rex never really had a reason to turn to the Tebow. Without a legitimate quarterback behind Sanchez, a change was made only in the last quarter of the season. To compound the matter, Tebow’s very presence on the team seemed to shatter Sanchez’s confidence and permanently damage his psyche. After seeing what a lack of competition and competence at quarterback can do to a season, the Jets brought in two new arms who pose an actual threat to Sanchez’s job. Though Garrard retired and Smith is raw, the situation is far less bleak than with Tebow as the “primary back up” and Sanchez has a far shorter leash in 2013. The rubble and ruin of of the Jets quarterback room is slowly starting to be rebuilt.

Exposure Therapy to Tebowing Patriots fans: Exposure to the root trauma in a controlled environment may help treat PTSD. Lets give it a shot. Sometimes it all just seems like a dream doesn’t it? The baffling 3rd & 3 wildcat/option plays where Tebow runs up the gut for 2 yards. The whiffed catches. The manufactured competition. If only Tebow had been coached by a man who knew how to use him properly or, at least, was not afraid to use him. Well now he is and will show his former team what they could have had twice a year. Tebow poses no real threat to Tom Brady so Belichick shouldn’t be afraid to let him loose (remember, Rex avoided to turning to Tebow so as to not incite the crazed Tebow-boppers). Tebow is a gamer. He will do some spectacular things for New England. However, he will not be the starting quarterback and he will not win them the Super Bowl. That, friends, is the key to surviving the gut wrenching touchdown he catches from Brady in week two at the Meadowlands. Realize, Tebow will be for the Patriots what he was for the Jets, a gimmick (albiet a more successful gimmick) and nothing more. So Jets fans when you see some poor Patriot fan Tebowing on the street, remember this logic: he is the same mediocre gimmick player that he was in New York.

Trace the Root of the Problem and Ask for Their Playbooks: During psychotherapy for PTSD patients, doctors will attempt to train the patient to reduce their stress level by removing all remnants of the original problem. Luckily for the Jets, owner Woody Johnson already got a head start by firing the GM who mistakenly brought Tebow to New York and the offensive coordinator who grossly mishandled him. Tebow would be a smart addition to a Super Bowl ready team that is looking for an offensive wrinkle. To a poorly coached unit, with limited weapons and no clear direction, the Tebow acquisition was a live grenade. The offense couldn’t function with the constant substitutions and trickery. The man himself was a major distraction with constant media attention and a devoted, fanatical following. The men who brought him here and mishandled him are gone, so Jets fans can put the Tim Tebow era behind them.

First the Mile High Messiah, then the Big Apple Bust, now a New England Nuisance; Tim Tebow has had quite the career path. Though he is no longer in New York, Tebow’s impact can still be felt. Post-Tebow reconstruction has begun and the team (and fans) can begin to move on.