We can always count on Joe Namath to call a spade a spade, which he did in light of the trade that brought Tim Tebow to New York on Wednesday. This is a publicity stunt by the Jets, and a silly one, at that.
This isn't about Namath being on Team Mark Sanchez. This is about exposing the fact that the Jets— who recently signed Sanchez to a three-year extension before bringing in one of the most polarizing, headline-grabbing quarterbacks in the game—appear to have no idea what they're doing.
During an appearance on ESPN Radio on Wednesday, Namath said:
I don't think they know what they're doing over there right now. … I'm baffled. They're kind of mixed up over there. I'm talking about the folks that are making the decisions. … Come on. This is crazy. I don't know what it's about. It appears the Jets are trying to grab headlines once again just by making noise.
Namath also said that although he is a Tebow fan, he's a bigger Jets fan, and he said that Sanchez should be angry about what is transpiring on his team.
Broadway Joe hit the nail on the head with this one. In the wake of that other New York team's second Super Bowl victory in the last five years, the Jets are grabbing some of the attention the only way they know how.
After Peyton Manning signed with Denver, the Tebow Sweepstakes became the biggest story in football (at least for a couple hours before those Saints sanctions came down), and the Jets made themselves relevant again, not only by getting in the mix but by landing the quarterback.
It's like they suffer from perpetual Jan Brady syndrome. Everyone's talking about the Giants because they actually won a championship, so the Jets pull this stunt to seize some of the attention.
The Jets aren't going to win a Super Bowl by padding the roster with players that don't make sense whatsoever. They're going to win by either grooming the quarterback they just signed to an extension or by moving on, fully and completely. Instead of solidifying their team and giving it a true identity, the Jets are just confusing their players—particularly the one under center.
Sanchez isn't the kind of guy who stays cool and collected in the face of enormous pressure (for evidence, see last year's regular-season finale). Knowing that Tebow is breathing down his neck, waiting to take his starting job—and that the fanbase is, most likely, largely in favor of this move—is going to cause unnecessary turmoil and drama for a team that simply needs to win in order to stay relevant.
But hey. On the bright side, maybe they can get another season of Hard Knocks out of this move.