Two days after the signing of Peyton Manning, the Broncos have rid themselves of the elephant in the room, Tim Tebow. Tebow is now a member of the New York Jets, as the Broncos also sent a 7th round pick to New York. In return, Denver receives a 4th and 6th round pick in this years draft. The fact that Tebow was dealt is no surprise, but the fact that the Jets are the team to acquire his services is befuddling. The list of reasons why this won’t work is a long and obvious one, but lets have some fun at the expense of the Jets anyway.
When the Jets failed in their pursuit of Peyton Manning last week, they quickly gave their starting QB, Mark Sanchez, a three year extension. This was a statement from them saying he was their guy. When Manning signed with the Broncos, Tebow became expendable and John Elway made it clear he was available in a trade. Several teams made inquiries in the last 24 hours, and quite honestly Elway probably would have accepted a bag full of footballs in return for Tebow. 2 picks in this years draft is what New York gave up, which gives the Broncos 8 picks in the first 6 rounds. So why did the Jets want Tebow? It’s just not a good fit, and your guess is as good as mine.
The Jets just had a disappointing season, missing the playoffs, and falling apart down the stretch. After the season, several players claimed it was a very dysfunctional locker room, with several bad apples. QB Mark Sanchez had a very up and down year, and the harsh New York fans and critics seemed to get to him. So now Tebow is coming to town. The Jets will claim that they can run “Tebow packages”, much like the “wildcat” many teams have used the last few years. Put him in there at the goal line, run him up the gut, and everyone is happy. Not so fast, my friend.
What kind of message does this send to Mark Sanchez, a guy that is most definitely struggling with confidence? Are the Jets starving this badly for New York attention? The very first bad quarter that Sanchez has, fans will be clamoring for Tebow……and New York fans are some of the most demanding and ruthless in the league. This move screams desperation, and is a deal that could end up costing head coach Rex Ryan his job. The Tebow circus now heads east, into the largest media market in the NFL. For Timmy’s sake, he deserves an opportunity to be somewhere to continue to develop his skills. There is a place for Tebow in the NFL, and his following of fans will make him popular wherever he ends up. His time in Denver will always be remembered as wildly entertaining, and “Tebow Mania” will never be forgotten…..Let the “Timsanity” in the Big Apple now begin.