Tim Tebow is a New York Jet. There are emotional reactions from Jets fans on both sides of the spectrum. There seems to be no middle ground. You either love this move or you are burning everything you own in green and white.
I have to laugh at the tweets only 3 days ago that said that any Jets fan that even insinuated that the Jets go after Tim Tebow will be unfollowed. Not only did I think it may happen it came true and wouldn’t you know it, I lost some followers. Oh well.
Graphic from @theJetWay
I would be very naive to say that the Jets only did this for the X’s and O’s. Not that the Jets had a problem with selling out seats, PSLs and Jets merchandise, but let’s put it this way, this was a business decision.
Jets players haven’t tweeted anything about the Tebow addition. I don’t know if that’s telling or if it’s me just reading into something that isn’t there. Former players however; have been very vocal about the Tebow addition:
Joe Namath on ESPN’s 1050 Michael Kay:
“I do not agree with this situation,” Namath said. “I can’t agree with it. I just think it’s a publicity stunt. I really think it’s wrong. I can’t go for it.”
“I don’t think they know what they’re doing over there right now,” Namath said. “They give Sanchez a new contract, they pat him on the back and then they bring in two more quarterbacks.” – Listen to the Show
I actually disagree with Joe. I think the Jets have a plan and it’s not a popular one, but I do believe they know what they are doing. They clearly are listening to Tony Sparano and letting him bring in the pieces we wants to run his offense. Mark Sanchez needs to put on his “big boy” pants and let’s be clear, he’s the starter. This move has nothing to do with Mark Sanchez. They brought Tim Tebow in to be the backup AND run some other packages.
Ray Lucas on Twitter:
With a 4th and 6th and 2.5 mill we could of got a rt tackle and oline depth! If you have no off line I don’t care who’s at QB!!
3/22/12 8:17 AM
Can someone tell me how you can trade for a guy we don’t need and you don’t read the fine print? RIDICULOUS!!!!
3/21/12 6:07 PM
Ray tends to be a fired up guy. My response to Ray is, we’ll draft an Offensive lineman in the draft. BET ON IT. I personally want them to use the first round pick at 16 to get the best and first lineman off the board, but many are speculating it will be a pass rusher for the defense or a Safety. I think it must be an o-lineman.
Kris Jenkins on Twitter:
Well this season will be interesting. I am standing behind this is not a good fit. Boy those damn shiny objects.
3/21/12 9:11 PM
I pose the next question then. What happens if Tebow is a bust and the Jets don’t get it together???
3/22/12 4:00 AM
Tebow said all the right things in the press conference. No he doesn’t want to be the backup and yes he is going to try to earn the right to be a starter. So what? I expect the competition to begin. I want Sanchez to feel the heat but make no mistake, he is the starter and if he is performing at a decent level, he’s our guy. By me supporting Tebow, it doesn’t mean I’m giving up on Mark Sanchez.
Both these guys CAN exist in this offense and right now that is what the Jets are saying the plan is. Will it remain this way all season? Hey it’s the NFL, Not For Long, if you don’t do your job.
Damien Woody on Twitter:
First & foremost…G’Morning! Now…on to the topic at hand….if Tebow is the back-up QB, what happens to the offense if Sanchez gets hurt #nyj3/22/12 9:56 AM
It’s a very good point that Damien makes. The offense will change completely and will that put added pressure on the players to learn both styles of play. There is always the hypothetical though and the big IF. It’s easy to say that if the Jets carry four quarterbacks, you could put Stanton or McElroy in there, but the Jets said that Tebow is the number 2.
If the Jets are a run dedicated first team, then having Tebow be the starter shouldn’t change THAT much but it is clear that there is a major drop off with passing ability from Sanchez and Tebow. I guess my answer is, Mark, don’t get hurt!
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