The New York Jets held a press conference today for their incoming backup quarterback Tim Tebow. If you have been following this story at all, you know that the media swine at ESPN have approximately 3 issues with my opening sentence.
Lets dispel them all:
- 1. Tim Tebow. The media has darn near exploded in recent weeks bashing the Jets newest acquisition. Why pick up such a high profile QB when you just had your starter sign a new contract extension? Wasn’t the point of offering Sanchez an extension to reaffirm the teams trust in him as their starter? Perhaps but think about what this means for a minute. We are signing a QB that is so fragile we are concerned with his confidence level because he is going to get back up by Tim Tebow—Arguably the worst arm in the league?? Lets take us away from the media hype that surrounds Tebow and call him out for what he really is. He is a running back with a serious arm. His popularity is not an extension of his tremendous play—it’s a monster that was created by the media since his days in college. Mark, you are WAY more talented. And if you cant handle having MetLife stadium chant for Tebow when you go three and out, how are you going to lead this franchise to a Super bowl? The guy who plays your position on the other NY home team could teach you a thing or two about poise…relax and play your game. A title is not one on a series of downs or a stretch of road games, its won with a command of your game and your team throughout the entire NFL season and postseason. Remember a guy named Brad Smith? He was a major part of how your mediocre offensive production found the jets in back to back AFC championship games. He was a wildcat specialist and that was a great thing for the Jets. Mark, Rex has delivered to you another short yardage option…don’t get caught up in his name. Play your game. This was a reasonable coaching decision. The jets went out and got the best free agent backup on the market…and he also happens to be a great offensive football weapon.
2. New York If you don’t live in New York, you hate New York sports by default. This is something that the journalistic hierarchy will likely attribute the downfall of Mark Sanchez to. That is if he falters. His first two seasons when the Jets had the utility man in Brad Smith, Sanchez was more effective. There were no “boos” asking for him to be replaced. People liked the kid, plain and simple. He won games, he was tough and he had a will to win. Maybe Tebow will get him there again. And if this happens, which you have to assume Rex believes will happen; Ryan is a genius plain and simple. There would be no Tebow chants either. Remember the QB Denver fans wanted to see come off the field was not the Jets QB with the most post-season wins in history. I think this kid is our guy…and I think NY gets that deep down. They all saw Tebow play last season…they know mark will always be a better candidate. I think deep down Sanchez knows it himself.
3. Press Conference But wait, I thought this trade was not a media stunt to help the jets be relevant after the Giants dominated the end of the season.?? That may be true—the Jets may have needed to do something to stir a media buzz for the team. But a press conference for a back up QB? Seems absurd. But if you watched it you quickly realized that the jets used him to quickly sent the message out that there is team unity and everyone is ok with the Tebow trade. So no it was not a publicity stunt as much as it was a way to set the record straight from day one.
So to my Jet brethren out there don’t despair. The fella’s are going to surprise us this season. I can feel it in my bones. Everyone wants to see this kid win and by default they want to see him win a super bowl. This means that this season—a lot more people than they ever have in the history of the franchise will love the jets; I guarantee that.