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.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports