Tim Tebow to the Jets: 5 Storylines to Follow as Tebowmania Continues
According to reports, the trade for Tebow to the Denver Broncos has been finalized in exchange for fourth and sixth round draft picks. It's surprising that he got dealt to the Jets when the expectation was that his hometown team the Jacksonville Jaguars would have been his most likely destination.
The move is very interesting mainly because it involves the most polarizing player in the NFL. On the same day as historic penalties were handed out in the NFL including a head coach suspended for a year and his former assistant suspended indefinitely, Tebow takes the headlines.
Here are 5 story-lines that could be very interesting as Tebow settles into New York.
Linsanity vs. Tebowmania
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New York may be the only city in America large enough to handle the hype machines of Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow.
It will be interesting to see if there are any cross-promotions between the two teams to capitalize on the goodwill and humanitarianism of Lin and Tebow.
Tebow vs. Manning
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Peyton Manning replaced Tim Tebow as the Denver Broncos starting quarterback. The very next day Tebow is traded to the New York Jets where he will share a stadium with Peyton's brother Eli Manning, the New York Giants star quarterback.
It will be a highly entertaining story if the Jets start their season with Tebow as the starting quarterback for the Jets. He will constantly be compared to both Manning brothers–whether it is valid or not.
Jets Locker Room Dysfunction
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The New York Jets were the most dysfunctional team in the NFL last season. That is no secret and probably was no surprise for anyone who saw clips from when the team was on HBO's Hard Knocks reality show.
The mere thought that Tebow could be a positive influence in the locker room is quite the stretch. Especially if he is not the starting quarterback on the team. Needless to say, it's hard for a non-starting player to be a leader in the locker room. Seriously, how much pull and influence will the wildcat quarterback have?
Add to the fact that he is also the "new guy" in the room will make it tough for him to be a culture changer for the organization.
Tebowmania vs. Sanchise
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Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez are in a battle for the starting quarterback position, period.
No matter what the Jets organization say, by bringing Tebow into the organization, it will cast a shadow of doubt on their confidence in the abilities of Sanchez as the team's leader. The circus will only get crazier if Sanchez struggles with Tebow available to come in and win the hearts and minds of New York Jets fans.
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Rex Ryan holds his tongue for nobody.
At least that's how the big bad head coach of the New York Jets has been up until now.
With the poster child for ethics, morals and religion coming to join his team a lot of eyes and even more ears will be tuned into the language and actions of Ryan. I can think of no greater coach/quarterback odd couple in the NFL.
When Tebow struggles, will Ryan approach him the same as the other players on the team? If he doesn't, will he contribute to the further dysfunction of the Jets?
If we thought Tebowmania was ridiculous in the past, it has now come to New York where it will be front and back page news everyday.
Hopefully Rex Ryan has a lot of stress relieving snacks ready.
Jamal Wilburg is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.