When the Jets traded for Tim Tebow this offseason, it created an immediate media circus around the team. That’s exactly what Rex Ryan and the Jets love: to be the most talked-about team in the league.
The trade makes little football sense (as long as he is a quarterback). Yes, he can run the Wildcat, but that’s not a sustainable offense.
It does, however, make perfect sense when you look at the Jets over the past few years, where headlines have seemed more important than wins. The most talked-about player in the NFL over the past two years now moves to the media capital of the world.
Again, a perfect fit.
The New York Jets have been the most publicized and outspoken team since Rex Ryan took over as head coach. They have been plagued by poor on-field performances and dissension among the team.
Let’s face it: The Jets seem to love drama. And drama brings increased media attention.
Think back to last year. The Jets were terrible on the field at the end of the season, yet they still dominated the headlines. Guys were fighting, and the starting quarterback was getting called out by teammates.
Tim Tebow brings plenty of drama.
New York has already stolen the headlines since training camp opened this year. We are bombarded every night with Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez interviews.
Again, just what the Jets thrive on.
If Rex Ryan were to announce that Tim Tebow is the new starting fullback, then I would love this trade from a football standpoint. However, the fact that they brought in probably the most popular player to be a backup quarterback is just silly.
Mark Sanchez has been criticized every year that he has been in the league. He’s been under a tremendous amount of pressure to win and to look good doing it. Having Tebow breathing down his neck is only going to increase that pressure. Ask Kyle Orton how it feels to have a whole stadium chanting "Te-Bow."
Who knows, the Jets could start 0-4 with Sanchez and then have Tebow lead them to the playoffs. Though that's highly doubtful, one thing’s for sure: The world will be watching.
And I’m sure the Jets could not be happier about that.