Posted on 24 March 2012.
A lot can be said about the trade that sent Tim Tebow from the Broncos to, of all teams, the New York Jets. Really, a lot currently has been mentioned. And significantly far more will be mentioned.
And considerably will continue to be stated for as long as Tebow is a member of the team.
So why not say some stuff about it proper now? I thought about coming up with 18 takes in honor of Frank Tripucka, but it’s late and I’m tired and if I start off doing 18 takes for 1 thing then I need to do 18 takes for every thing due to the fact I’m weird that way. Actually, I’m weird in a lot of ways.
But not practically as weird as the trade that sent Tim Tebow from the Broncos to, of all teams, the New York Jets.
1. How’s this for a sense of urgency, Mark?
The Jets know that Mark Sanchez can, in the proper scenario, execute at a high level. After all, he won 4 road playoff games in his 1st two NFL seasons. But they can’t duplicate that sense of urgency during the standard season.
What greater way to light a fire beneath his rear finish than to bring the hottest name in the NFL to the Huge Apple?
The Jets can claim that Tebow is the backup, and for now he is. But as soon as Sanchez begins throwing interceptions, the chants of “Tebow” at MetLife Stadium will be so loud that they’ll hear them all the way back in Denver.
So it’s Sanchez’s job to shed. And plenty of folks fully count on him to at some point lose it.
2. Introducing the T-Bone Offense.
Until Tebow becomes the full-time quarterback, he’ll be utilized in a version of the Wildcat package based on the items that worked greatest for him in Denver last year – the read-selection, the classic choice, and the unexpected fake handoff followed by a long pass to a receiver sprinting down the field in single coverage since nine guys are at the line of scrimmage trying to quit the run.
While Sanchez will be the starter and Tebow will be the backup, the T-Bone Offense will be the offense Tebow runs whenever he’s on the field – no matter whether it’s a surprise modify of pace or Sanchez is injured or Sanchez is ineffective or it’s not a surprise change of pace after all but a regular look.
The starter is the guy who takes the field on the 1st offensive play of the game. So even though Sanchez will (for now) have that role, Tebow will be utilised as significantly as the coaching staff chooses – and if he’s as effective for the Jets as he was against the Jets and against offensive coordinator Tony Sparano’s Dolphins last year, we may possibly see Tebow far more often than we ever saw Brad Smith, even if Tebow technically is the backup.
3. Somewhere, Bill Belichick is smiling.
Every thing the Jets do appears to be motivated by a want to one particular-up the Patriots in their own division or the Giants in their own backyard. In this case, New England coach Bill Belichick has to be hoping that Tebow will turn out to be the starter just before the very first time the Pats and Jets play in 2012.
Final year, Belichick outscored Tebow’s Broncos 86-33. And so it’s fair to say that Belichick, even with an undermanned defense in 2012, has figured out how to quit Tebow.
Count on Belichick doing more of the same in 2012.
4. Jets barely stay away from disaster.
Some Jets fans would say that the only point worse than the team announcing that they’re trading for Tebow is the Jets announcing it twice. But in that strange period of limbo on Wednesday, it looked like the Jets’ failure to read Tebow’s contract would scuttle the trade due to the fact of salary advances paid by the Broncos that necessary to be repaid by the Jets.
Failure to close the deal would have triggered a firestorm of criticism in New York. Yes, there will currently be a lot of criticism. But it would have been a lot, much worse if the Jets had wanted him and then failed to get him because of negligence in the review of the documents.
five. The ultimate Odd Couple.
When Peyton Manning supposedly was taking into consideration the Jets (you know, back ahead of the Jets “passed” on him), I mentioned that Manning and Rex Ryan would be the ultimate odd couple.
I was incorrect.
Rex and Tim Tebow make Felix Unger and Oscar Madison look like Bert and Ernie.
Certain, Tebow and his Buddy the Elf demeanor will always say and do the right factors, enthusiastically. On Wednesday night, for example, he casually brushed off the reality that Rex has a penchant for dropping “F” bombs.
But that doesn’t mean Rex will be as comfy getting Rex in the presence of Tebow. And if Rex tries to modify the way he is since he’s concerned he’ll make Tebow uncomfortable, Rex will be uncomfortable, and factors could get even weirder than they otherwise would be.
Then again, they can always break the tension with a gosh darn snack.
6. Challenging Knocks, Part II.
Speaking of gosh darn snacks, don’t the Jets now become the odds-on favorites for yet another season of Hard Knocks?
With Tebow and Santonio and Sanchez and Rex and Cromartie and the Unbelievable Hulk and all the other characters in that organization, a return check out would make the Jets an even bigger national attraction.
And it would be easy to justify. Tebow stated Wednesday night that he became a fan of Rex Ryan by watching Difficult Knocks two years ago.
If Rex’s antics can attract Tebow, they can attract any individual.
7. Santonio won’t be pleased.
Speaking of Santonio, if he didn’t like the quantity of balls flying his way with Sanchez last year, he’ll absolutely hate it when Tebow begins sailing the ball over Holmes’ head or, possibly, not throwing it at all.
That’s the significant flaw in the Jets’ Tebow-driven renewed commitment to the “ground and pound” offense. They’ve decided to preserve Santonio about for one more year, which means they owe him millions in guaranteed funds both this year and next year. Which indicates that unless they trade him to, say, the Broncos, they need to have to discover a way to hold him pleased.
He won’t be happy playing with Tebow.
8. Woody’s words appear even much more ridiculous.
Last week, Jets owner Woody Johnson claimed, presumably with a straight face, that the Jets “passed” on Peyton Manning.
So they passed on Peyton, but they fell all more than themselves to get Tebow?
No a single believed Johnson when he stated what he said about Manning. Even fewer believe him now, if that’s even achievable.
Then again, offered the events in the NFL from the past few days, something is possible.
9. Tebowmania may possibly not translate to Broadway.
There’s a presumption that any team for which Tebow plays will inspire legions of Tebowmaniacs. But Jets fans hardly are sheep. And regardless of whether the Tebow method is genuine or phony, Jets fans will be far far more probably to assume that it’s an Eddie Haskell routine.
Regardless, few Jets fans appear ready to assume that Tebow can walk on the Hudson River. In New York, he’ll attract much more cynicism and attention and criticism than he ever imagined.
It’s unlikely that any of it will alter him, but he ultimately may wish he’d been shipped house to Jacksonville.
ten. The Jaguars could nonetheless be his destiny.
In Jacksonville, the owner wanted him but the football operation was at best ambivalent. In New York, the coaching staff and the front workplace had been on the very same page.
Eventually, if change comes in New York, Tebow could as soon as once more be out on his ear.
And Shad Khan will nevertheless be the owner of the Jaguars. And he’ll still want to get the tarps off the seats at EverBank Field.
And he’ll nonetheless be interested in bringing Tebow home.
It’s hard not to assume that’s precisely how this at some point will finish. Even though the Jags didn’t get him now, probabilities are they’ll get him later.
Or, based on how the subsequent season or two unfold, sooner.