A while back I wrote about what a mistake the New York Jets would make if they went after Peyton Manning. Now, with the former Colt quarterback all settled in with the Denver Broncos I have to do another post, once again telling Gang Green they are looking to make another mistake on a quarter back this off season. From an article on ESPN I read that the Jets are now going after Tim Tebow. And all I can say is: “are you kidding me?” On a team where there are already major problems with the man under center the management believes that bringing in someone that can become a fan favorite and a locker room “un”favorite all in one is going to fix any of this?
This is a huge mistake, for all parties. How head coach Rex Ryan decides to deal, or not deal, with some of his players not wanting Mark Sanchez as the starter is something that will be dealt behind closed doors. But if what happened in Denver, where the fans basically forced a change at that position, was to happen in New York I am not sure how coach Ryan would handle it, and even more important, how much of it would be leaked out into the media. The last thing that this NY franchise needs is another way to get its starting quarter back into a high pressure situation where more people want him out. I can see almost all franchises wanting a shot at grabbing Peyton Manning for themselves, which in the end, there weren’t that many, or not as many as I thought there would be. But going after Tim Tebow, especially with the spot light of the NYC media as an unwanted but added bonus, there is no way you can convince me this is a good idea. Not for the franchise, not for the team, not for Tim Tebow.
The only way I think that this move by the Jets makes sense is because they do not want to see him go to the New England Patriots, where they would have to face him, or better said, face his squad twice a year. So, in the end, I would venture to say that if the NY Jets are in this race it’s more about addition by subtraction. Taking a player that they might not have much, or any, use for so that a team that is better than them does not get him and keep making the divide between the two wider.
EDIT: As I was about to post this I read that the 49’ers are no longer interested in Tebow!