If the New York Jets were trying to get headlines by acquiring Tim Tebow in the offseason, it is safe to say that mission has been accomplished. But things could reach a whole new level if ownership gets in the on-field player decisions.
Two people who know Johnson, and know how he runs his football operation, believe he will push his football people to start Tebow. Let's be clear: There's no evidence to suggest this is happening, but only a naïve person would think this owner won't get involved if the product on the field continues to disappoint.
As bad as Mark Sanchez has been—and make no mistake, he has been dreadful—once the owner starts making on-field decisions, Ryan and his staff might as well not be doing anything with this team.
Johnson has an obligation to put the best talent on the roster for the Jets to compete. It is Ryan's job to determine which player gives the Jets the best chance to win week after week.
To those who might say that Ryan's loyalty to Sanchez is what is preventing Tebow from getting on the field, I pose this question: Given that Ryan has to know he is on a short leash, wouldn't he try to do everything he can to win as many games as possible?
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Perhaps Ryan doesn't think that this is an important season for him, or has been given some assurances behind the scenes from Johnson that he will be brought back no matter what. We don't know everything that goes on, after all.
However, Ryan also has the benefit of seeing Sanchez and Tebow at practice every single day. He understands what it takes to be successful in the NFL as a quarterback. Johnson doesn't have that knowledge. All he hears are the screams from the people in the stands.
Undermining Ryan's authority does not do the Jets any favors. Given all their problems, it is important to remember that they are 2-2 with their losses coming against Pittsburgh and San Francisco. It's not like they have zero wins against mediocre competition.
Tebow is the player that everyone wants because they feel that he can do more things than Sanchez. But there is no evidence that he can be successful with this team. He needs an offensive line, which the Jets don't have. He needs good skill position players, which the Jets don't have.
Yes, Tebow can run, but running quarterbacks are only going to get you so far when there is nothing else surrounding them.
Johnson has no authority to decide who starts and sits on the football field, regardless of what he might think and what the fans are asking for.