Head Coach Rex Ryan knew what he was doing. New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez led his team to two consecutive AFC championship games in 2009 and 2010. The 2012 Jets were not those teams offensively or defensively, but why would so many fans want to see QB Tim Tebow play the quarterback position? Is it his ability to complete less than 50 percent of his passes? Or is it his career 75.3 passer rating?
Fans thought they saw Tebow take the Denver Broncos in the 2012 season, but what they really saw was a defense playing over their head, so they could desperately try to make up for the poor quarterback play. Just look at what Peyton Manning did with the same team. Tebow has heart, dedication and athletic ability, but those three things do not make a great quarterback. Tebow does not have the “it” factor and that is what the Jets need.
Tebow has a tendency to say all the right things, but he inadvertently created a cancer inside the Jets locker room. He created a controversy just by walking into the training facility and that is not what the Jets wanted when they traded for him. He said he wanted to play and he wanted to start. When Sanchez faltered, and Ryan went with QB Greg McElroy you could see the disappointment on his face.
Wouldn’t you be disappointed?
Absolutely, he felt betrayed and misled by a team that said they would give him a chance to start, but never did. Tebow was a publicity stunt that went horribly right. The Jets got more media coverage than they could have dreamed with the combination of Ryan and Tebow. The team was hurt, but in the end the business thrived. Tebow jersey sales skyrocketed and fans got a first hand look at a reality T.V. show the media created.
According to the media, Tebow’s teammates called him terrible, whether or not they were fabricated statements does not matter. It’s something only Tebow could create. A media frenzy that fans, for some reason, could not get enough of. Tebow inadvertently ruined the Jets season and he needs to be blamed even if it wasn’t his fault. The Jets could have handled the whole situation better, but nothing could have stopped the bleeding better than not trading for Tebow.
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