Tim Tebow to Jets: Why New York Is Worst Possible Landing Spot
Placing Tebow on this Jets roster is going to be a circus, and I mean that in a bad way. If you think Linsanity was a mess, wait til you get a load of Saturdays and Mondays in New York with Tebowmania.
From a football standpoint, it doesn't make sense. The Jets recently gave Mark Sanchez a three-year extension worth $40 million, with $20 million guaranteed.
That displays a solid commitment to Sanchez as the starter.
What does that mean for Tebow?
It means he'll be a backup at best. At worse, he'll be a gimmick gadget player who comes in for special packages.
That is a role that is beneath him, in my opinion. Especially considering he took over a 1-4 team in 2011 and guided them to the AFC West crown, and a playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
What is worse is that neither he nor Sanchez will like the situation.
What was the biggest reason the Jets traded for Tebow?
Sanchez won't like coming off the field for these sets, and Tebow won't like not being under center full time. This isn't like other positions on the field where teams regularly sub in different packages. This is the QB position. There needs to be continuity.
This isn't college, where teams sometimes play two quarterbacks every game. This is the NFL, and teams must commit to one guy.
Even if the Jets choose to keep him as a traditional backup option, this places enormous pressure on Sanchez. Why would you want to do that to a guy you just guaranteed $20 million?
Sanchez isn't the only Jet that may not welcome Tebow with open arms? CB Antonio Cromartie already tweeted the following:
Our wildcat offense can b ran by J. Kerley or Joe McKnight we straight
— Antonio Cromartie (@ACromartie) March 20, 2012
Y bring Tebow in when we need to bring in more Weapons for @Mark_Sanchez let's build the team around him. We already signed to 3 year ext.— Antonio Cromartie (@ACromartie) March 21, 2012
Tebow can't feel good about going into this type of environment.
The Jets' interest in Tebow feels like they are as interested in the circus as they are the prospects of him taking the field.
If Tebow is to ever reach the level of a solid, balanced dual-threat QB, he needs time and support to develop. I'm not sure he'll get that in New York.
The Jaguars would have been the best team for him, but obviously Shad Khan isn't interested in saving his franchise.
Tebow would have done wonders for the team's universal appeal, along with being a solid option to start at QB. He would have a legitimate chance to beat out Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert for the starting spot.
There is no way he plays in New York unless Sanchez gets hurt, or he falls flat on his face.
Tebow landing in New York just drastically decreased the chances we'll ever see Tebow develop into a solid staring QB in the NFL.
That is a shame.
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