Tim Tebow: Why Tebowmania Won't Save the New York Jets from Mark Sanchez
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Nowadays, all the media seems to want to talk about is Tim Tebow.
While some blindly and constantly sing the praises of Tebow (especially ESPN analyst Skip Bayless), others are more realistic. Whether it's about him running in the rain with his shirt off or being labeled as the team's personal protector on the punt team, Tebowmania seems to be running wild in the media. The media has inadvertently hidden the reality of the situation—Tebow is just not a good quarterback.
In a move which Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath deemed a "publicity stunt," the Jets traded two mid-to-late draft picks for Tebow in March to compete with current starter Mark Sanchez. Many believe that Tebow is a threat to take the starting job.
Sanchez hasn't exactly been very effective as the Jets' starting quarterback, to say the least. He's thrown 55 touchdowns and 51 interceptions, completing just over 55 percent of his passes with a 73.2 passer rating in three seasons. Those aren't exactly numbers that you should be happy with, considering he's a first-round draft pick.
In all honesty, how much better is Tebow as an actual quarterback than Sanchez? In two seasons with the Denver Broncos, Tebow threw 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions, completing 47 percent of his passes and had a 75.1 passer rating. He's also run for 660 yards and six touchdowns but has fumbled the ball 14 times.
The main problem Tebow brings to the Jets is the constant media attention. Considering he's in one of the biggest sports markets in the world in New York City (the Jets play in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which isn't too far from NYC), it's expected that Tebow's presence is going to be felt, whether New Yorkers like it or not.
Will the athletic Tebow turn into a consistent effective passer??
While Tebow is bound to bring more revenue to the Jets, the media could also be a huge distraction from the main goal of winning the Super Bowl, especially if they continuously follow him around, especially while Sanchez is the starter.
I'm not saying Tebow can't ever be a good quarterback in the NFL.
I just feel the media and Tebowmaniacs have crowned him before he's actually won anything. Sure, he had a big throw against the Steelers in the playoffs that got them the win (with the Steelers playing run the whole time, but that's an argument for another day). But does that one throw really make him as good of a quarterback as the media makes him out to be?
At the end of the day, you can't argue the fact that somehow, as unorthodox as it is, Tebow can win you games in the regular season and a game here and there in the playoffs. But until he improves as a passer, which he could be doing in training camp, for all we know, I don't see him being consistently effective as a passer for the Jets, or for any team, for that matter.
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