Tim Tebow to Jets: Will Tebow Be Too Much of a Distraction?

Dave GilbertContributor IIIMarch 25, 2012

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos talks with Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets following the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow will be playing his football for the New York Jets this season. 

As soon as the Denver Broncos signed Peyton Manning, all the attention turned to where Tebow would end up. That question was finally answered when the Jets were the team that finally snagged his services.

But what does all this mean for the New York Jets and their current starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez?

And what kind of impact will Tebow have in New York?

I am sure that Tim Tebow doesn't go looking for the kind of media attention that has followed his career since his college days in Florida. But he is probably one of the most talked about players in the league and even the most casual fan is forced into having an opinion on him, good or bad.

A lot of the negative things said about Tebow are purely born out of the frustration of having to hear his name mentioned in every other sentence. People are just tired of it.

I am certain that Tebow just wants to play football, and would rather that his every move wasn't seized upon by journalists and fans alike. 

It was recently announced that the Jets are to hold a press conference, formally announcing the signing of Tebow and introducing him to the media.

This is something that Tebow should not be a part of.

Of course, it is doubtful that he has much control over the events he is expected to attend, but I am astonished that the New York Jets are conducting this press conference in the first place.

Former Jets lineman Damien Woody said

How many times has a backup quarterback had a press conference? How many times have there been helicopters to meet a backup quarterback at the airport? The organization is saying he's the backup quarterback. Well, then why do you feel like you have to have a press conference? Why not just do a conference call and call it a day?

Why all the fanfare for the Jets' newest addition?

Well, the answer is clear. Tim Tebow is as much a product as he is a player.

His name alone has probably increased ticket sales for the Jets, and there are fans chomping at the bit to start cheering his name as soon as Sanchez throws his first interception.

But just like the fans who don't support Tim Tebow, I am sure that a lot of the fans that do only feel this way because of what the media tell them. He is billed as a hero, a modern day saviour, and the answer to any team's prayers. Many Tebow enthusiasts have probably never watched him play more than a quarter of football.

All this attention does is detract from his abilities as an NFL quarterback. People are more interested in Tebow the commodity than Tebow the athlete. 

Spare a thought for Mark Sanchez in all of this. How does he feel about his employer throwing a party for his backup? What message does that send out to the man charged with leading this team back to the playoffs.

So, it remains to be seen what Tim Tebow can bring to the Jets. But it is already clear that his signing alone has ruffled a lot of feathers and might have done more harm than good.