Was Tim Tebow Only Added to Jets as a Publicity Stunt?

Nick KostoraContributor IIINovember 15, 2012

July 27, 2012; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) speaks with members of the media following the first day during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

The New York media market has never been afraid to heavily criticize and scrutinize any of its teams, but never has the spotlight shone quite as brightly as when Tim Tebow joined the New York Jets.

Sick of this story yet?

We all are, but the fact remains that we continue to hear about it and attention is constantly drawn to the state of the Jets.

Is it possible Tebow was brought in only as a publicity stunt? A team already full of publicity adding one of the NFL's most popular and polarizing players just for a bit more attention?

The question, at first, seemed preposterous. Tebow was supposedly brought in to expand the scope of New York's offense. An added dimension that could push Mark Sanchez to be better while also being brought in for special formations.

Wildcat plays, dual QB backfields, occasional TE routes. Nothing was off the table and we were all excited to see how Rex Ryan and the Jets would use Tebow's specific skill-set.

Then reality set in.

Ryan had no intention of using Tebow at all. Even as Sanchez continues to struggle mightily, compiling the worst completion percentage of any starting QB and leading the Jets to a 3-6 record, Tebow remains on the bench.

Those "Tebow-specific" packages have become an afterthought. The man that led the Denver Broncos to the divisional round of the playoffs last season has been relegated to six passing attempts and only 27 rushing yards.

What is the point of bringing in a dynamic weapon if there is no real desire to let him flourish? New York had already brought in a solid backup option in the form of Drew Stanton before deciding Tebow was the better choice.

The only logical conclusion to draw is that Tebow was merely brought in as a publicity stunt. A player that the media could follow tirelessly while Ryan knew he would never actually compete for Sanchez's job.

Every week the Tebow-friendly part of the football world awaits news and updates about his status and role within the Jets offense.

And each and every week those fans are let down when they find out he will again rarely see the field.

Don't think he was brought in as a publicity stunt?

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