Through All the Chaos the New York Jets Are Dealing With, Don’t Blame Tim Tebow
I don’t even know where to begin anymore.
I am not a Tim Tebow supporter. I am a New York Jets supporter. Always will be.
I still believe the Jets acquired Tebow strictly for football reasons. Does that makes me naïve?
Keep in mind that all 32 NFL teams split revenue for jersey sales evenly, so no, the Jets did not acquire the 25-year-old aspiring quarterback in order to “sell jerseys” as some conspiracy theorists have proclaimed.
Owner Woody Johnson adamantly denied any speculation that Tebow was brought in to sell tickets. Frankly, it’s hard to take anything he says without a grain of salt. I still think Rex Ryan wanted him for football reasons, though.
That said, everything was predicated on Mark Sanchez having a good year. He hasn’t, and that’s why this chaotic media frenzy over Tebow has started up again. Believe me, the mainstream media knows exactly what they’re doing.
The media wanted disarray for the Jets, and they got it. The team has played poorly, and the media has pounced on that opportunity like a hungry rat on moldy cheese. Anonymous sniping galore. Chaos. Complete disarray.
I knew that this was a possibility when Tim Tebow comes to your town. That’s why I opined months ago that bringing in Tebow is probably not worth the risk. 24 hours later, the Jets did it anyway. They shouldn’t be surprised.
Yet for all this madness, the young man at the center of it might just be the most innocuous part of it all.
While he doesn’t exactly go out of his way to deflect the attention, Tim Tebow isn’t out there demanding it.
Tebow has been a team-first guy ever since his first day in Green and White. He’s never once said that he deserves the starting job. He’s never once said anything derogatory about Sanchez. Tebow does not want this turmoil.
“I just try to set the best example I can with my actions, my words, how I go about carrying myself,” Tebow said, in the wake of anonymous teammates ripping him this week.
“You can’t control a lot of things. This is something I can’t control, but I can control my attitude, my effort, my work ethic, and those are things that will never change [regardless of] what anyone says.”
Tebow will do what he always does: use his critics as motivation. He’s done it his whole life. He’s not going to crack now. Tebow may never be an NFL-caliber starting quarterback, but he’s a hell of a role model, that’s for sure.
I’ll never be comfortable with Tim Tebow as my starting quarterback. I think he’s an excellent weapon to have, purely from a football standpoint, but he’ll never be a guy I want throwing the ball all that often.
The Jets need to get their heads out of their behinds and figure out a way to make this work. They knew the risks that came with acquiring the hugely popular Tebow, but they thought it would be worth it.
So far, it hasn’t. They haven’t used him as effectively as they’ve wanted to. Not even close. The Jets are trending the wrong way, but Tim Tebow has been a model citizen along the way. He’s not the reason they’re 3-6.
I don’t know what the solutions are for the Jets. The problem is, I’m not sure if the Jets do either.
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