Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
No, we don't know that as a fact, but it's certainly a possibility, isn't it?
Although owner Woody Johnson stated this summer that he was "surprised" with the amount of media attention Tebow brought with him from the Denver Broncos, he did say the following regarding the media circus that's followed Gang Green this year:
"We’re in a media business. We want to give our fans an insight,” Johnson said. “The fact that they’re interested I think it portends well for us. I would rather have them interested rather than apathetic and not paying attention to us.”
Now, I'm certainly not one to call Mr. Johnson a liar. But based on the way the Jets' coaching staff has essentially neglected to use Tebow, maybe the idea to acquire him came directly from Johnson and was made with the intention of adding publicity to the team instead of someone who would be an integral part of the offense.
It certainly wouldn't have been the first time an owner or general manager overruled the head coach and made the executive personnel decision.
Here's a hypothetical: Johnson was drawn to the notoriety Tebow would bring to the team and the tickets and seat licenses he'd sell. Ryan OK'd it, but with the stipulation that he'd never have to start him at quarterback.
The owner won, then the Jets traded for Tebow to stay afloat in the Big Apple media market after the New York Giants won their second Super Bowl in four years.
Is that such an outrageous scenario to think it couldn't have happened?