When Peyton Manning signed on the dotted line, the Tim Tebow sweepstakes officially kicked off. Shortly after it had begun, it came to an end. The New York Jets were viewed as long shots in the draw, but they managed to pull off a deal, even after some hurdles.
It was announced today that New York had acquired the former first-round pick plus a seventh-rounder in exchange for a fourth-round pick and a sixth-round pick. Then, due to contract language, the deal was put on hold. When talks resumed, the Broncos allowed Tebow to lay claim to where he would like to go, as Jacksonville emerged again in the sweepstakes, but Tebow evidently chose the Big Apple. It has been said that Tebow is excited to be able to pair with the New York Jets.
Twitter was in a frenzy when tweets went out that the Jets' front office had not only become players in the Tebow race, but also winners in the scenario. There were tons of mixed criticism, and though I do see the negatives, I also see the positive of acquiring Tim Tebow.
We've heard since his college days that Tebow has been a positive influence on his teammates. A presence like his could only boost the moral in a troubled locker room. How could you get mad at a quarterback praising God and asking for his blessing? With the way the locker rooms are situated at MetLife Stadium, maybe good ol' Tebow can say some prayers for Santonio Holmes. In terms of positive influence prior to a game, I don't believe it gets any better than No. 15.
I think Mark Sanchez can learn a thing or two when it comes to Tebow's humbleness in the locker room. Tebow is respected by his teammates for his beliefs and what he brought to the team; Sanchez is clearly the opposite as we have heard all the criticisms of the USC product in anonymity. With Sanchez working with Tebow as two young quarterbacks, I could see the duo becoming a very dangerous and reckon-able force.
With Tebow getting traded to Gang Green, a number of vast scenarios become present for New York's offensive playbook. Maybe Tebow fever is what the Big Apple needs to forget about last season's disappointing conclusion.
I also like to bring up that maybe a little competition for the quarterback position would light a fire under Mark Sanchez to strive for greatness. In the past seasons, he pretty much had the starting spot exclusively considering Mark Brunell's age and decline. Let's not forget that Sanchez did take the Jets to back-to-back AFC title games, but that's still not to say he should be handed the starting job. They say competition brings out the best in you, so maybe QBs competing could lift the Jets back into AFC contention after last year's horror show.
I also would like to mention that the Jets new offensive coordinator, Tony Sparano, first explored the Wildcat offense in Miami with the Dolphins. Bringing in the Mile High Messiah to run this offensive scheme is pure genius. The Jets had some success utilizing their own version of the Wildcat in 2010 with Brad Smith, though last year it was used to a minimal due to Smith's exit. With Tebow at the helm, I could see far superior success on this option than back in 2010.
I think bringing in Tebow is a great idea for New York, and now that it's official, we shall dawn the green and white upon Heaven's Heisman.