Examining How Tim Tebow to Jets Impacts Patriots

Marc FreshmanContributor IMarch 22, 2012

The New England Patriots have their offensive core in place. A fantastic quarterback leads a double tight end attack which is supported by a chain-mover in the slot and a newly-acquired wide receiver stretching the field. That's our system.

Adding Tim Tebow to the mix wouldn't have changed that. That's why I wanted Tebow in New England.

He would've been used as a Swiss Army Knife. He would've performed a variety of functions that could've seen him on defense or on special teams or running the football as a running back.

Bill Belichick has a long-standing history of utilizing players on both sides of the ball. It's his hallmark as a coach and he's been incredibly successful at it. Belichick and the Patriots could've made it work.

The same cannot be said of Rex Ryan and the Jets. This team doesn't have the discipline of the Patriots. Ryan isn't known for maximizing the success of his players at their regular positions, let alone at positions that yank them out of their comfort zone.

How can Ryan transform Tebow into a jack of all trades when he can't even figure out how to transform Mark Sanchez into a quarterback?

In every possible way, the Tebow maneuver is strange and unsettling.

While it succeeds in usurping the Broncos by making the Jets the most fascinating team to watch in 2012, it does little to correct the inconsistency and self-doubt that plagued Sanchez and the chaos which destroyed the team last season. This problem was here long before Tebow and the Jets decided to join forces. This isn't the cake, it's simply the icing.

Let's get down to the nitty-gritty. How does Tebow's move to the Jets affect the Patriots? Well, it certainly doesn't make the Jets more of a threat to our chances for success in 2012.

This Tebow situation is big, but it's too odd to be our problem. I don't think this is really a Patriots issue. This is a Jets issue. This an issue reserved entirely for their team and their fan base.

Despite being in the same division, I don't think they're involved in this mess. We're watching a couple in the process of breaking up, and it may not be our place to intervene.

Under a great coach, this experiment could have a shot at working. With a great quarterback at the helm, this quest for unity could be attainable. But we're not talking about Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning here. This is Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez. This is night and day.

Tebow is a volcanic variable. He can't be added to any experiment. He's a special acquisition for a healthy team. The Jets don't qualify.

You can't heal dysfunction with dysfunction. Dysfunction can only be salvaged through strength, order and discipline. These are elements which the Jets lack entirely. 

The Jets have painted themselves into a bad corner. They have a quarterback who already enrages their fan base, and they've brought in a second quarterback who will enrage them just as much or more. No matter who takes the snaps, the franchise will fracture their fan base even further.

Sanchez is in a bad spot. It didn't need to be this way.

The Jets could've brought in a solid quarterback who could've provided guidance, friendship and a dose of healthy competition for Sanchez. A guy like Peyton Manning, Jason Campbell or Matt Flynn would've filled this role nicely. A good quarterback might be just the thing to spark a fire under Sanchez.

Problem is, Sanchez and Tebow are roughly on the same level. The perception of this twosome is abysmal. It looks like the Jets are joining together two halves in the hopes that it'll create one whole quarterback. If Sanchez's brain wasn't mangled before, you can rest assured that it's about to be thrown into the blender for maximum destruction.

As usual, the Pats play the Jets a couple times in 2012. The rivalry will still retain all the drama we're used to. But this time, there will be an eerie absence of significance. Ordinarily, there's a thin layer of grime on the skin of this battle. It's the slime of bitterness, hatred and total war over the division.

But that's gone now. It'll be replaced by a theatrical walk-through, a staged reproduction of the famous duel we're accustomed to seeing.

The cameras will be there and the media will go nuts, but for what reason? These two teams are what they are; one is a Super Bowl team and the other isn't. The acquisition of Tebow will not put the Jets in a position to change that.

Simply put, this situation is strange. No matter how many times the term "wildcat" gets thrown around, it doesn't change the inherent blunder of this acquisition.

The Jets have made a poor decision. This wasn't a championship move. This wasn't a move towards adulthood, this was a temper tantrum. 

This was a total refusal to grow up.