Tim Tebow: Why Having Him Will Ruin the New York Jets' Season
Tim Tebow is a man of many attributes. He's a physically-gifted athlete, he's a philanthropist, he's a Muscular Christian.
As a football player, he has won at both the collegiate and professional levels. A two-time national championship winner, a Heisman winner (in his sophomore year, the first in history to do so).
Last season, he got a chance to start for the Denver Broncos on a full-time basis, and he helped lead the team to an 8-8 record, winning the AFC West division, and even beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the postseason.
But for all the good he has done, both on and off the field, he is a quarterback with issues. Not issues, as in personal demons, mind you, but issues playing as a quarterback.
Look at his 2011 season stats. In 14 games (11 starts), he threw for 1,729 yards, 12 touchdowns, and six interceptions.
However, the most worrying statistic was his 46.9 percent completion rate. Tebow might not throw many interceptions, but he's also not very accurate.
A few days ago, the Denver Broncos ended up as the winner of the Peyton Manning sweepstakes. Of course, now that Manning was going to be the starting quarterback for the team, Tebow was no longer needed.
And that's where this whole problem begins. The New York Jets ended up trading a fourth- and sixth-round draft pick for Tebow and a seventh-round pick.
However, the Jets already have a starting quarterback—Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez, at best, has been a mixed bag so far in his career. He's been inconsistent, throws too many picks, and has a career completion rate that is barely above 55 percent.
Yet, in his three year as a member of the Jets, he's had eight fourth-quarter comebacks and 10 game-winning drives.
He also helped in taking the team to the AFC Championship game in 2009 and 2010 (only he and Ben Roethlisberger hold the distinction of quarterbacks who have reached the title game in their first two seasons in the league).
And while he and the Jets didn't reach the postseason this year, he did have his best year statistically. He set career-bests in passing yards, touchdowns, completion percentage, and QB rating.
In addition, he recently agreed to a 3-year contract extension worth $40.5 million (with roughly $20 million guaranteed).
Despite all this, he receives little love, if any, from the Jets fans.
I don't know anyone who likes Mark Sanchez or at least thinks of him in a positive manner. Friends, family, fellow members at my broadcasting club. No one. The only person that even comes close is one of my roommates, and that's only because he has a great disdain for Tim Tebow.
How ugly will the Mark Sanchez/Tim Tebow quarterback situation get?
Which is a shame, to be honest. I'll admit, I'm not a huge fan of Sanchez, and he's not a great quarterback. However, he's been integral to all those fourth-quarter comebacks and game-winning drives, and to the Jets reaching the AFC Title game.
And statistically speaking, he's gotten better. Besides, the organization could be in a worse quarterback situation. Anyone want to have what the Jacksonville Jaguars are having right now?
But now, Sanchez not only has to handle the pressure of playing in the "media circus" that is New York, but he has to do so with a teammate who is of the most polarizing figures in the history of football.
If you think it was bad to see Kyle Orton getting booed by Denver fans, imagine how it will be for Mark Sanchez?
And it's only going to get worse as the season progresses. If Sanchez starts throwing interceptions or begins the season on a losing streak, those chants to bring in Tim Tebow are just going to keep getting louder.
If/when Tebow comes in, though, it's not going to get any better for this franchise.
Tim Tebow may have been a winner with the Denver Broncos, but he was in the AFC West, which, in 2011, was mediocre—none of the four teams could get past a .500 record.
Now he is in the AFC East, where he has to face the likes of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, the defense of the Miami Dolphins (which is a lot better than what their 2011 record might make you think), and the improving Buffalo Bills, who have made big strides in improving their defense in free agency.
Not only that, but he has to face each of these teams twice.
Right now, Tebow does not have the passing abilities to help the Jets succeed. Sure, he can run with the football, but if he's not accurate when throwing it, it doesn't help the team.
This is not a knock on Tim Tebow. I actually like him and wish for him to be successful. I may not be as religious as he is, but I respect his Christian faith and even do not mind the whole "Tebowing" thing. I also admire his personality—how generous and thoughtful of a person he is.
With that being said, however, Tebow is going to ruin the Jets' 2012 season.
He's going to bring unneeded pressure to Mark Sanchez, who won't be able to handle it and will eventually relinquish his starting role to Tebow who, in turn, will be unable to win in the AFC East due to his inability to throw the ball accurately.
Brace yourselves Jets fans. The 2012 season may be interesting, but it's also not going to be pretty.
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