Error Message: Tim Tebow to the New York Jets Is Huge Mistake

Victoria SterlingCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 24: Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets reacts to the game action during the second half against the New York Giants on December 24, 2011 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
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Sanchez CMP% 56.7/Tebow CMP% 46.5
How ya like me now, Holmes?

Oh what I wouldn't give to see Sanchez throw that up on Twitter! (stats courtesy

Instead, allow me to act as his proxy and ask:  What in the world are the New York Jets thinking? Trading for Tim Tebow?  Are you kidding me?  You just gave Mark Sanchez a contract extension, you just signed Drew Stanton as a perfectly serviceable backup in case of injury and you still have Greg McElroy on the roster.  You do not need Tim Tebow.

If the Jets intention is to provide bread and circuses, well:  Mission accomplished.  The Jets do not need a QB.  They have glaring holes elsewhere and John Elway just picked your pocket for a fourth and sixth round pick and almost $5 million dollars, because the Jets are apparently unfamiliar with the concept of fine print.  That money would be better spent on adding depth to the lines and at safety.  

It appears to me that the front office is living in an ivory tower.  Do you not remember the devastating loss at the hands of the Broncos last fall?  How is this going to play with the defense?  Think the receivers are going to like a 46.5 completion percentage passer?  Sanchez's 56.7 percent rating is looking better every day.  

Plus, the Jets are not doing the one thing that would make this team immediately better:  shoring up the right side of the offensive line.   That's just another reason it was stupid to give up those picks. Sanchez was brutally assaulted by the pass rush last season because of the terrible right side of the offensive line, which could generously be described as a turnstile.   

Guess what?  Timmy throws left.  That right side of the line is now his blind side.  Good luck with that Tim.

Almost as important, this shows a terrible lack of understanding of the team, its market and fanbase by the front office of the Jets.  Sometimes I think their organizational philosophy boils down to: It's Shiny.  I want it.

This seems like an epic failure to think things through.  You can understand the Jets inquiry into Peyton Manning.  It would almost be negligent if they did not. Free agents of that caliber are rare.  It didn't work out, and you could smooth things over with Mark by noting that this was purely a business decision. And then the Jets did the right thing and extended Sanchez's contract.

But this?  This is a terrible decision.  Just off the top of my head, here are some of the pitfalls I can see: Jets West - I promise you Mark will host it again in Southern California this summer.  Does he invite Tebow?  Diplomatically he has no choice.  Cue media circus.  

What about podium interviews?  Traditionally, Mark speaks to the media on a weekly basis on Wednesdays. He took to speaking in front of his locker last fall. They would have to move back to the Jets media room.  The locker room would be a zoo. Do you mean to seriously tell me that the NY media would not be clamoring to talk to Tebow? Awkward.

Rex Ryan will get asked about it at every press conference.  Ditto any time other players meet the media.  Suggested first question for NY media:  Tim, if Rex asks you, would you be willing to play tight end?  I must admit, it would be delicious to watch both Tebow and Ryan wriggle around that one.

This is a fiasco waiting to happen.  Everybody likes to talk about what a good guy Tebow is.  That appears to be true.  He is also a master manipulator of the media and is well aware of how to passive-agressively mobilize his fan base to act on his behalf.  

All Tebow can bring to the Jets is the wildcat, and that is tired and everybody knows it's coming.  As Antonio Cromartie correctly noted, the Jets are much better off using Jeremy Kerley for that.  You know you've gone down the rabbit hole when Cro is the voice of reason.

Here is the real issue.  Fans and teammates always defend Tebow because of his "will to win."  And that's true.  The problem is you have to be on the field in order to execute your will to win.  And his legion of fans, Tebow-ites as I call them, will never rest until he is under center.  Forget being a season-long distraction.  This is a distraction that starts now.