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Tim Tebow Press Conference: 3 Takeaways from New York Jets Introduction

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MARCH 26:  Quarterback Tim Tebow addresses the media as he is introduced as a New York Jet at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on March 26, 2012 in Florham Park, New Jersey. Tebow, traded from the Denver Broncos last week, will be the team's backup quarterback according to Jets head coach Rex Ryan. Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, started 11 games in 2011 for Denver and finished with a 7-4 record as a starter. He led the Broncos to a playoff overtime win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round before eventually losing to the New England Patriots in the next round.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Erik FrenzSenior Writer IMarch 26, 2012

The first instance of "excited" came just 10 seconds into Tim Tebow's introductory New York Jets press conference, and by my count, another 43 times over the remainder of the press conference.

So clearly, he's excited to be a member of the Jets. Not exactly earth-shattering news, but just in case there was any doubt, it can be put to rest.

Besides his excitement, though, there are three important takeaways from the news conference.

 

Tebow Had No Choice in Press Conference

This may not seem important, but in a way, it speaks to the purpose behind bringing him in. There have been reports that the Jets didn't really have a role cut out for Tebow, but that instead, the move was made largely for media and PR reasons.

This would seem to hammer that notion home.

The media presence was strong for Tebow's press conference, and that can be expected here and going forward. But how will that affect Tebow?

I really don't feel like it'll be much of a distraction, because I honestly will try not to pay too much attention to it, and the reason I'm doing this today is because I have bosses, too, and they wanted me to stand up and talk to all of you, so I can blame it on them because they made me do it.

Tebow's first moment under the bright lights went very well, but those lights will only shine brighter and brighter as time wears on, especially if Mark Sanchez continues to struggle as he did in 2011. How Tebow responds for the long haul will be one of many factors that determines whether his time in New York is deemed a success or a failure.

 

Tebow's Opinion Was Heard on Jets vs. Jaguars During Trade Talks

The very first topic that came up in the conference was whether Tebow had any say in his final destination. 

[The Broncos] had my contract, they had all the power, but [John Elway and Pat Bowlen] listened to me and what I had to say, and it was very gracious of them because they didn't have to do that. They could have just done whatever, but he listened to me and talked to me, and I told him I would love to be a Jet.

That's at least somewhat different from what he said in his conference call a few days ago, according to USA Today.

"Ultimately, I didn't have any (input)," Tebow said a few days ago. "The Broncos had all that power."

He did point out that he has a better relationship with the Jets coaches than he had with the Jaguars coaches, but again, whether he did or didn't actually have any say, we may never know. It ultimately doesn't matter, though, because Tebow is here now and looks to make the most of the situation.

Which leads to the final point...

 

Tebow Wants to "Expand" His Role

Rarely does a back-up quarterback receive as much fanfare as Tebow has, but perhaps even more rarely does a back-up quarterback join a team with the assurance of at least some playing time.

In that regard, Tebow is ready to embrace whatever he can do to help the team win games.

Well I think for everybody that puts on a uniform, you want to go out there and you want to play. ...Whatever my role is, however I can expand that role, I'm going to try to do that. Every day in practice, I'm going to go out there and compete and try to figure out any ways possible to help this team any way that I can.

The Jets have their starter in place, but Tebow's repeated statement of wanting to expand his role points to the divide that may eventually come to life.

Make no mistake, Tebow won't be the one creating the divide. He emphasized time and time again how important it is to him to be a good teammate, and he reiterated that he will support Sanchez, but all it will take is a few bad games, or even a few bad quarters from Sanchez, before the Jets faithful become unfaithful to the incumbent starter.

My goal is to go out there and try to execute as well as I possibly can and improve every single day, and really feel comfortable with my role and try to expand that role by going out there and competing and playing well.

His role will clearly be as an option-style quarterback, but what about that role? How does Tebow see that package working for the Jets?

Well, I think one misconception is people think that the Wildcat is just a direct snap to a running back and you fake it and you run power or outside zone or inside zone. ...when you have the ability to have...five or six people to touch the ball on every single play, then I think it can be confusing and it can make defenses play slow. I think when you have a great offensive coordinator like Coach Sparano, putting together packages and plays, and not necessarily have tendencies then I think it can be effective.

One thing Tebow brings to the option that Sparano lacked with the Wildcat is the ability to throw. He may not be incredibly—or even mildly—accurate, but his throws are deadly when they work. The threat of the pass is enough to force a defense to respect it, even if just a little, as opposed to the Wildcat, where it was clearly just a running play.

If it can be effective, and more so than Mark Sanchez, it won't be long before Tebow gets to expand his role even further. 

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