Tim Tebow stepped onto the Jets practice field today in a sharp gray suit, white shirt and green tie to take part in his first press conference as a New York Jet.
Though other backup quarterbacks (such as former starter Jason Campbell going to the Chicago Bears) have signed this offseason, the Jets franchise found it necessary to have Tebow take questions from the New York media, while at the same time telling the world that the former Denver Broncos quarterback will only be a backup running specialty packages out of the Wildcat formation.
Jets owner Woody Johnson also claims that this was a football move to acquire Tebow and not one to attract attention or generate jersey sales.
Sorry everyone, but this press conference is not simply introducing Tim Tebow as the new No. 2 quarterback in New York.
Despite what you'll hear from the Jets and Tebow himself, what people witnessed at today's press conference was the first step in the process of making him the new franchise quarterback of the New York Jets.
Though Jets brass continue to say Sanchez is their man, and that this is not a publicity stunt, Tebow uttered (mistakenly?) that the ownership forced him to step up to the podium today and take questions from reporters. The press conference has been generally panned by both sports analysts as well as current and former players as well.
After all, can you tell me another backup that got this kind of treatment?
That's why ultimately Tebow will end up being the starter, if Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano have their choice in the matter. It's no secret that Ryan has had a rocky relationship with Sanchez. Not even Ryan and his superiors are ignorant enough to believe that the media and fans will clamor for No. 15 to take the field as a starter the second after Sanchez throws a lame duck interception.
Tebow tried to say all the right things at the press conference, going into detail about the great relationship and friendship he and Sanchez share. However, even he sent mixed signals saying on multiple occasions he hoped his role would be expanded to more than just being a Wildcat option.
Ultimately, for Mark Sanchez, a quarterback the Jets claim they believe in, there really is no bigger slap in the face than to trade for a player that's arguably the most popular in the league to sit behind him. Surely he, and most others, can see the writing on the wall.
Kyle Orton saw it in Denver which is why he eventually wanted out. Despite improving statistically every season while his team around him crumbled, Mark Sanchez has been rewarded with this improvement by getting a contract extension...and an invitation to the Jets bench.