5 Reasons Why the Tim Tebow Trade to the Jets Will Be a Disaster
In one of the craziest offseason days in recent NFL history, the announcement of Tim Tebow being traded to the Jets occurred at nearly the same moment the league dropped the hammer on the New Orleans Saints and their head coach, Sean Payton, suspending him for the 2012 season.
On paper, the trade for Tebow looks fine. He and a 2012 seventh-round pick are coming to New York, while the Denver Broncos acquired 2012 fourth and sixth-round picks.
But while the move might look fine on a transaction wire, the acquisition of Tebow, an extremely popular but inconsistent quarterback, has disaster written all over it.
Here are five big reasons why this trade will be a failure for all sides involved.
1. Mark Sanchez May Sprain His Neck
Why? Because from the first snaps they take together at their first practice, Sanchez is going to have to turn and look over his shoulder.
You thought the drama of Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow was fun? Get ready for the new daily ESPN soap opera. Every little thing Sanchez does poorly, whether it's throwing an interception, an incompletion, eating a hot dog or kneeling improperly because he'll reportedly be mocking his teammate, fans will clamor for Tebow, and the media will be all over it.
Mark Sanchez, who just signed a contract extension, is a player with a very fragile psyche to begin with. Now you're bringing in Tim Tebow and his legion of Tebow-ites?
The Jets are already saying they're bringing in Tebow to be a situational player who will help run the Wildcat. But let's be real here. If Sanchez throws two interceptions after his first preseason game, there will be demands Tebow be named the starter immediately.
2. Too Many Egos and a Bad Offense Equals Failure
One of the biggest criticisms last year for the Jets was their offensive personnel was vastly overrated. Shonn Greene didn't live up to expectations, LaDainian Tomlinson looked old, Plaxico Burress was getting used to living life outside of a jail cell and Santonio Holmes became a cancer to the team.
Except for L.T., who may be retiring, these types of pieces are going to be on the field for the Jets again. Are these the types of players that are going to help Tim Tebow turn into a productive drop-back passer?
Beyond that, how many egos are in this locker room? There have been players publicly criticizing the team, while others used the condition of anonymity to voice their discontent.
Then you of course have the biggest egomaniac of them all, Rex Ryan.
Is this really going to be an atmosphere that's conducive to success for Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez or ANY quarterback?
3. So Um, Who Is the Leader?
While people can debate on and on about how good of a football player Tim Tebow is, one thing that cannot be argued is Tebow's leadership. Since his time in Florida to his surprising success in Denver last year, his leadership has been praised by everyone in and out of his teams locker room.
But now he's supposed to go to New York and back up a quarterback who has routinely had his leadership ability questioned? How on earth is this a good situation for either quarterback?
Both men have the class to put up a good front for the public to see. There will be no public disputes, and both will compliment each other. However, behind closed doors, this could quickly become a very uncomfortable situation.
What's going to happen if the team seeks their back-up quarterback to be the one to motivate them? How is Sanchez, the current field general, going to feel if this happens?
It would be one thing if you had an aging veteran like Matt Hasselbeck serving as a backup. While he may be a source of leadership, he's in a position to mentor the starter.
This potentially toxic combo of Sanchez and Tebow will not be the case. Frankly, both of these quarterbacks need a veteran to mentor them.
4. The Media Will Eat Tebow Up, but Will Spit Him out
We're not in Denver anymore, Toto.
While the NFL world focused intently on Denver last year during Tebow's run to an AFC West title, no one will claim that the Denver media is anything like what you see in an eastern market like New York.
Much to the chagrin of Mark Sanchez, and quite possibly the delight of Jeremy Lin, the New York media will be treating Tebow as the new darling of the city. He may, in fact, be the most popular back-up quarterback in New York's history as we enter the 2012 season.
But with that stardom will come a new type of attention Tebow has never experienced in Gainesville, Florida or Denver. He will be hounded by paparazzi wherever he goes, whether it's apartment hunting, a charity function or trying to get a slice of pizza on 7th Avenue.
He will receive the type of tabloid attention that Alex Rodriguez or other celebrities routinely receive in the city. While he'll almost certainly act with the class and dignity that has defined him publicly, you have to wonder if it will ultimately affect him when he gets away from the cameras and glamor.
Beyond that, though, the New York media will go on and on abut how he should start. Backed by the fans of Tebowmania, the media will be quick to anoint him as their new franchise quarterback if and almost certainly when Mark Sanchez struggles.
They will love him at first. However, once he does start, what if he too struggles? How long will it take for this media to start putting him on the back pages with creative headlines ripping into their new-found star?
Playing with the New York media is one of the hardest things in sports. Some players take much less money to avoid the scrutiny. How will Tebow, a very soft, mild-mannered individual, handle the type of pressure that can break so many star athletes?
5. Jets Fans Are Not Broncos Fans
No offense to those who cheer on the blue and orange, but the ones clad in green and white are a different breed.
Broncos fans were just elated to find a quarterback who could help them get back in the postseason for the first time in years. I'd venture to say that Denver fans are much more forgiving for the on-field struggles of a player, especially one as raw as Tim Tebow.
New York sports fans will be nowhere near as kind and forgiving.
Make no mistake, these same fans will be begging for Tebow to be the starter, most likely long before the first snap takes place in September. Between that and the millions of Tebow fans, there will be a circus atmosphere that will dwarf what we all saw in Denver.
There's a saying that the most popular football player is the back-up quarterback. Tim Tebow will certainly fulfill that.
While they may love him at first, they'll jeer him, hate him and tear him down just as fast if he struggles on the football field.
While New York is a win-now city, fans demand results that go beyond the scoreboard. Not even Derek Jeter is immune to this, as Yankee fans were ripping all over their legendary shortstop after he struggled in the early stages of 2011.
Jets fans won't be jubilant if the Jets win a game when Tebow goes 3-for-13 for 72 yards.
And if Tebow were to fail in leading this team to playoff contention? They'll boo him off the field and demand his release as soon as the season ends.