New York Jets Fans, Calm Down and Lay off Tim Tebow!

Greg Maiola@Gom1094Senior Analyst IIMarch 25, 2012

Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow

I get it. Not everybody is thrilled to welcome Tim Tebow as the newest member of the New York Jets.

However, what fans and biased writers fail to neglect is the scouting report on Tim Tebow. Love him or hate him, there is no denying his success in the NFL. So let the debate begin.

Exhale, relax yourselves, Jets fans. This is not intended to force everybody to love Tebow. Since the trade happened, speculation over Mark Sanchez's feelings toward Tebow have been discussed.

Speculation as to whether Tebow can beat out Sanchez has sparked. Guess what, fans? It is pure speculation. Don't waste your time trying to connect dots that don't even exist at this point in time.

First of all, Mark Sanchez is the quarterback of the New York Jets. It is his job to lose. And when has competition for playing time been a bad thing?

Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre pushed each other in Green Bay. Even Shonn Greene and LaDanian Tomlinson competed for play time. It is very healthy. The addition of Tebow will force Sanchez to increase his level of production. And if he stumbles, there is a very hungry competitor awaiting his opportunity.

It's funny how at the end of last year, fans were disgusted with their quarterback and interested in Peyton Manning. Now that Tebow time has arrived, they suddenly fell back in love with Sanchez?

As obnoxious as Rex Ryan can be, the man knows his football. If he can have two quarterbacks battling every day in practice, both players will be forced to play well if they want to start. And that will only benefit the Jets.

So assuming that Mark Sanchez retains his starting role, why are fans so disgusted with Tim Tebow? Really, a publicity stunt? Absolutely not. There is no way Tebow cannot contribute to their football team. Love him or hate him, his brief track record speaks for itself.

He took over a 1-4 Denver Broncos and led them to an AFC West crown. He defeated the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs. He is a clutch player.

Can his late-game heroics really be considered luck if he delivers week after week after week?

Forget that he is unconventional—he brings another dimension to the Jets offense. He has better tools to work with in New York than what Denver had to offer. He has quick players with whom he can run screens and quick slants. He can dump the ball off and improvise on offense. Hmm, sure sounds like his days at Florida. And it is hard to dispute his success there.

Really, this is a publicity stunt? Tebow is the ideal candidate to lead the Jets' ground-and-pound style of offense. When given a chance to see the field, he is a physical runner who, contrary to prior belief, can throw the football, too. So while Sanchez should start games, imagine how good Tebow could be if inserted on 3rd-and-short or as a red-zone quarterback.

Even for you Tebow haters, he is a winner. There is something about him that inspires a team to greatness. And in New York, he will play for a franchise that actually wants him to succeed! No more of John Elway and John Fox trying to limit his opportunities to succeed.

Go ahead, argue that his numbers are subpar. Talk up a storm about how his arm and throwing motion suck. Amuse yourself with all of the garbage on Tebow that you possibly can think of. At the end of the day, he is a fierce, passionate competitor who wins games more often than not.

New York Jets fans, be upset with the acquisition of Tim Tebow if you please. Chances are it won't affect him.

While he is unconventional and this-or-that, he is a winner. That is a fact—he is a winner. His competitive force drives him, and how can a team not benefit from a player who sacrifices his body to win play after play after play?

I'm not begging anybody to love Tim Tebow. But if you honestly don't think he will help the Jets, or even make Mark Sanchez a better player, you are kidding yourself.


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