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Some New York Jets players appear to be turning on Tim Tebow.
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Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano believes he can do a better job of using backup quarterback Tim Tebow.
In a Sports Illustrated NFL players poll, New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow was voted the most overrated in the NFL, commanding 32 percent of the vote.
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Despite struggling on offense, quarterback Mark Sanchez gives the New York Jets the best chance to win.
Rex Ryan discusses his thought process during Sunday's disappointing loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan says Tim Tebow will not be replacing Mark Sanchez as the team's starting quarterback.
Jets Nation -- well, at least the tiny corner of Jets Nation here at SB Nation New York -- is up in arms about Tim Tebow only playing three snaps at quarterback for the New York Jets on Sunday in a 27-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Head coach Rex Ryan had to deal with the 'why didn't Tebow play more on offense' questions on Monday.
"I thought we were doing a great job offensively early in the game, especially the beginning of that game. Almost the entire first half, I thought we were moving the ball well. For us, we're always going to do what's in the best interests of (our) team, what (we) think is going to give (our) team a chance to be successful.," Ryan said. "We did have some Wildcat plays going into that game, but as the game went on, we're down by 10 points late in that game, I even thought about it. But it was more like, ‘Hey, we're down, let's see if we can't make some plays.' We knew we we're getting a lot of press coverage on the outside, we thought we could make some plays."
Translation: We were losing and Tebow can't throw.
"We've always said from day one that we can do it 20 times, 40 times, 10 times, two times, whatever, but we determine that. It's not just going to be that these specific things have to be lined up. It's just that that's exactly what happened in this game," Ryan said. "Does that mean that given the exact same scenario against a different opponent that we may or may not use it? That'll be (up to) us. We'll always do what we think is in the best interests of our football team."
Tim Tebow has played only 12 offensive snaps in two games, including only three Sunday against Pittsburgh.
On who could run the Wildcat best other than him...
I don't know, that's a good question. I feel like we have a lot of talented guys on this offense. I feel, if practiced, a lot of guys could step up and do it.
On Joe McKnight...
Well, his athleticism, his skillset, is very unique. He's someone that is very fast, very athletic, can be kind of like a slash, a receiver, (and) a running back. He can do a lot of things and that's someone that's very rare.
On how big of a factor the Wildcat can be against Pittsburgh ...
Well, we want to be a factor and be able to be effective and execute and be efficient when we're in there. But, I think that also depends on play calling time and how many opportunities they put in (for) the Wildcat. We just want to find ways to hold on to the ball, to get first downs, to keep our defense off of the field and if we can do that through the Wildcat, that'd be great.
On if he likes the fact that other teams don't know how he will be used...
I don't know. I guess there's some sort of (benefit in) them having to plan without knowing exactly (what we're going to do), which is good. (It) definitely takes up more of their practice time and reps and thinking about certain things. So in that way, I think it's a good thing.
On the reports stating he will ask for a trade in 2013...
That's what these guys told me about a little bit ago. I find that pretty funny. It's about as true as me living in Hoboken, I think. (laughter) I guess it's just part of what you have to deal with, is rumors and stuff like that, I don't know. All I can say is, I love being here as a Jet, I'm thankful for it and I want to be here for a long time. I guess you just have to put up with stuff like that.
On if he has anything against Hoboken...
(Laughter) Nothing, except everybody says I live there, still to this day.
On if he sees similarities between working with Coach Ryan and Coach Westhoff...
Yeah, there are definitely some similarities.
On the similarities between Coach Ryan and Coach Westhoff...
(The) passion. The way they just coach, it's kind of similar as far as, (they are) just very outgoing, serious, but kind of humorous at the same time, if that makes sense. (They are) never afraid to step in there, in the middle of plays. (It) doesn't always have to be perfect, it's kind of coaching in a bit of a chaotic way, which is kind of on the run and it's fun. I think that's effective, as well.
On whether Westhoff has talked to him about other players he has used in a similar way...
Yeah, he has talked to me about certain things he did with Brad Smith and other guys. Being around Coach Westhoff, you hear a lot of stories. He's one of the best I've been around as far as telling stories. So you hear a lot of stories about old guys and stuff that he did in all sorts of situations.
The third-year quarterback stated that the possibility of his requesting a trade is as true as saying that he lives in Hoboken, New Jersey (because he doesn't live there and went on to say that there is nothing wrong with living there).
According to the report published by The Daily News on Thursday, an NFL source stated that Tebow would likely not be content as a backup quarterback and would be interested in being given a chance to start somewhere else. As of this time, the Jets have stated that they plan to use Tebow in the wildcat formation in addition to handling the role of backup to Mark Sanchez.
In the Jets' dominating win against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, Tebow only took nine snaps from center.
Reports speculate that if Tim Tebow continues to be a backup with a bit part for the entire season, the third-year QB would request a trade from the New York Jets.
Though still shrouded in mystery, it is expected that the New York Jets will employ their version of the Wildcat offense with quarterback Tim Tebow at the controls beginning in Week 1 on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
As anticipation heightens for just how Tebow will be utilized, the quarterback says he will know when a Wildcat play is about to be implemented at the same time as everyone else.
"It's basically whenever Coach Sparano calls them. We have to have the capability to go out there and run it," Tebow said. "Maybe they'll let me know more of what they think by the end of this week. But as of right now, you just have to be ready. Whenever (they) feel we should do some of this, we'll do it. If it's one play, five plays, whatever it is, who knows.
"I just want to be able to help anyway I can. Hopefully, I'm able to do something to help this team win football games."
When asked if he knew, specifically, when he's expected to go in, Tebow said, "When they say, "Hey, go in."
Tebow was also asked about the relatively-low expectations hovering over the Jets heading into their season opener.
"We don't have to answer that with words. We just have to go out there and try to play a good game," Tebow said. "We're excited about it. It's our opener. We only get one a year, so we better make the most of it."
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has officially embraced backup quarterback Tim Tebow. Johnson, the National Finance Committee Co-Chair to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, was interviewed at the Republican National Convention on CNBC. When asked if the key to curing the Jets' offensive problems lie in using the popular backup more or less, he threw his support behind Tebow.
I think you can never have too much Tebow, but I think it's more than just that. It's getting all the players -- the offensive line and everything coordinated (so) you can establish a good running attack . . . and also have our receivers healthy and ready to participate and contribute to the effort. It's a lot of timing and teamwork that we need
Tebow, along with most of the Jets' starters, likely won't play in the Jets' preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eages on Thursday night.
New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow was interviewed by WFAN morning show hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on Thursday morning. Esiason has been critical of Tebow as of late, including saying that he did not believe the Jets should even use Tebow as a quarterback.
In Thursday's interview, Tebow talked about how he deals with the media scrutiny in New York.
"I really try not to think about it. I just try to live my life day to day, meeting to meeting, practice to practice and, you know, stay focused on the little things and not worry about everything else -- what's in the tabloids, what's in the papers, what people are saying about me," Tebow said.
While Tebow has been trying to make the team as a quarterback, he has been used as a punt protector.
"I consider myself a quarterback that, they ask me to do other things to help this team. So if I have the ability and attributes to do something else and help this team, I'm gonna put my heart and soul into doing that," Tebow said.
Esiason, though critical of Tebow, admits that the quarterback "oozes genuine." However, he vows to call out Tebow when the situation arises. Tebow on the other hand, just wants to win.
"I think more than anything you would want people to say, ‘There's someone that helps the team win football games.' That's ultimately why you play the game ... to win. And however I can help the team win football games, that's what I want to do," Tebow said.
South Carolina has passed the 'Tim Tebow Law,' and the Jets backup QB is again under fire from former NFL quarterbacks
After practice, Jets head coach Rex Ryan talked about the Wildcat and his plans for the formation. Mark Sanchez is definitely the starter at quarterback, Ryan said. However, the Wildcat will still feature in the offense.
"We have an excellent quarterback, we'll have our offense, and the Wildcat will be part of our offense. We've said that from day one. The great thing is you don't know if we're going to run it once, you don't know if we're going to run it 20 times, 50 times, whatever. That's up to us and if you're not prepared for it, why wouldn't we run it? If you're not defending it well, why wouldn't we keep running it? You're going to run something until you stop it. That's that old (saying). Packer sweep, they kept running."
Ryan said that Tebow is better suited to run the formation than past players because of his throwing ability. He also compared Tebow to Ronnie Brown, a running back who had some success running Wildcat plays for the Miami Dolphins.
"Well, Ronnie Brown was tremendous. He was absolutely tremendous at running the football and they're both left-handed. It's just that Tebow throws the ball better. I think that's the big difference between him and Ronnie is he throws it better. Now, Ronnie probably runs the ball a little better than Tim, but Tim can throw the ball better. With Ronnie, you were really defending the run. He did burn some people on the pass but you were really concentrating on the run where (with) Tim you're going to have to defend both."
Tebow said his familiarity with the Wildcat and run-read option plays makes him comfortable using the formation.
"Well, it's something that I've had so many reps (with) and (I have) gone through that so many times, especially at the University of Florida and even in high school too. So it's something I'm very comfortable with and obviously, that's why most of the time I am under center and doing things that I haven't done as much, play-action drops, seven-step drops, five-step drops, getting in the gun and doing that stuff has always been a little easier for me."
Tebow also said that using the formation led to some of the best execution he's seen in camp.
"I think what gets me excited is when you see us go out there and execute. Whether it was that or just regular plays, I felt like today we were able to execute and have a lot of explosive plays, a lot of big plays. Besides probably that last drill, I felt like we had one of our best days out there, so it's a great sign for the offense, we just (have to) keep getting better."
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan says he is "open to anything" when it comes to the possibility of expanding the role backup quarterback Tim Tebow plays within the offense. The team's offensive coordinator, Tony Sparano, said Sunday he has no plans to do that.
Sparano was asked specifically about using Tebow more if the Jets pass protection struggles, specifically because of his ability to run with the ball. He said that is not in his plan.
"Mark Sanchez scrambled for a first down the other day too which I was impressed with. Mark is a good athlete and he is our quarterback," Sparano said. "I thought he has been playing really well right now for us and I don't see that kind of scenario at all out there."
The Wildcat, though, is a big part of Sparano's plan for Tebow. "Obviously it's going to be out there that we're going to do something like that," he said.
"I've heard nothing but great things about Mr. Esiason," Tebow said. "I know he was a great player here, and I just wish him nothing but the best in his announcing and God bless him."
Tebow did, however, say that he is used to handling criticism.
"I've pretty much heard a lot of it. From when I was in high school, when they said I couldn't be a high school quarterback, when I was in college and my first year they told me 'you'll never play quarterback', and then, 'you can never win a championship', and 'you'll never play in the NFL', " Tebow said. "I've heard a lot of it and I just continue to use that as motivation and when I get my opportunities."
Here is more of what Tebow had to say during his Monday meeting with reporters at SUNY Cortland.
On the fight…
I didn’t see anything. I was all the way on the other side and I just ran over and started pulling people off. I don’t even know who started it.
On if tension during camp has been more or less than other camps…
Probably less than what I’m used to from college and in Denver. I think this team does a good job of taking care of one another. Today got a little chippy obviously, but for the most part I think this team does a really good job of taking care of one another.
On if he’s ever been in the middle of a fight or started one…
(Laughter) No, I don’t feel like I’ve ever started one. Possibly, I could have thought I might have gotten a late hit before, or cheap shot or something.
"I’m just telling you right now, I would (cut him), and I’ll tell you why I would," Esiason said to partner Craig Carton. "It’s not in any way, shape or form — I think — benefiting this team."
"I just think this whole thing — at least from my perspective right now in relation to who Mark Sanchez is, your starting quarterback — is a major mistake," Esiason said.
Despite Tebow winning a playoff game after helping to guide the Denver Broncos into the playoffs, Esiason is far from impressed.
"You can say whatever you want about Tim Tebow," said Esiason. "He played some of the worst football that any quarterback has ever played in the history of the game last year at times."
The New York Jets held their annual Green vs. White scrimmage Saturday at training camp in Cortland, and for the first time this season Gang Green Nation got to see starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez, and backup, Tim Tebow, go head-to-head. Overall, it was Sanchez that stole the spotlight, completing 11-of-16 passes with one touchdown. Tebow finished 0-for-3 with no interceptions.
"(It’s) just like your first scrimmage," said Sanchez. "There were ups and downs. From an offensive perspective, I thought the tempo was great. We were in and out of the huddle. There were a couple penalties and a fumble, but no interceptions from the quarterbacks, so that’s a positive. I thought we ran the ball well at times."
Despite not lighting up the stat sheet, Tebow felt things went well, too.
"I feel like they went pretty good. We’re dealing with a lot of unique situations (with) some guys out and stuff. For the most part, I felt like we did pretty good."
Overall, said head coach Rex Ryan, it was good for his team to get out and hit somebody.
"I knew we’d have some ups and downs through practice, whether they were some good things offensively, good things defensively. But that’s to be expected," said Ryan. "I like getting the scrimmage in where you actually get the live tackling because the one thing you don’t want to do is show up to the first preseason game and all of a sudden you can’t tackle anybody. So, we kind of got that out of the way. That was good."
The day was highlighted by fourth-string quarterback, Matt Simms, son of former New York Giants signal-caller Phil, tossing a 31-yard touchdown pass near the end of the scrimmage. The play led to Ryan making a small joke out of the Jets' quarterback situation in his opening statement.
"Alright, first off, obviously this quarterback controversy with Matt Simms. Or was it Matt Simms or Phil Simms? I don’t know, but he looked pretty darn impressive."
Tim Tebow went just 0-for-3 passing during Saturday evening's Green vs. White Scrimmage. The New York Jets backup quarterback ran the ball three times for 14 yards. Afterwards, Tebow said scrimmage rules that did not allow the quarterbacks to be hit did not really enable him to showcase his escapability and how difficult he is to tackle.
"It makes it hard. Just because you can't really do too much. With something like this, you just try to get some passes off. I think," Tebow said.
He added that the limitations on contact "could get a little bit frustrating."
Coach Rex Ryan looked for positives from Tebow's performance.
"The number one thing that jumped out at me about Tim was when he had the high snap. It was actually going to be a direct run to him, what we call a power play, and he looks and by the time he caught it, he made a quick decision. He made the guy miss and ran for a big gain," Ryan said. "Those are the things, he's a threat every time he drops back. You don't know if he's going to run it or throw it."
Starting quarterback Mark Sanchez went 11-for-16 for 82 yards during the scrimmage.
Tim Tebow chatted with Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco of ESPN New York on Monday during New York Jets training camp at SUNY Cortland. As is his style, Smith baited Tebow by being very direct with him and he did actually get Tebow to admit that he is "not sure" yet what his role with the Jets will be.
Sports Radio Interviews has the full transcript. Here are a couple of the highlights.
Asked what his role will be this season, Tebow really didn't have an answer.
"That's a good question and I'm going to be 100 percent honest: I am not sure. I think for me it is whatever I am being asked to do I do with all my heart. I try to do a great job at it," Tebow said. "We are in day four, so just continuing to learn and we are continuing to learn. The coaches are learning us, learning the offense, learning installs, so it's so early in the process that I have to say I can't give you a straight answer on that."
Smith also told Tebow he doesn't "have confidence in the way you throw the football." Tebow defended himself, but didn't really rise to Smith's bait.
"First of all it is not my place to try and debate and make my stuff look good. That's not my place at all. I appreciate you complementing me saying that I have an impact and that I can win football games. I really appreciate that and just as far as getting better throwing I've been working extremely hard on that. I feel like in my career I've done some good things," Tebow said.
Smith also told Tebow he was "contradicting yourself" by rooting for Mark Sanchez while at the same time trying to take his job. Tebow's response was typical Tebow.
"I think there are things more important than a football game. Your relationship and how you treat people...how you treat people in general...that's more important to me than football games," Tebow said. "We spend a lot of time on it and we're passionate about it, but ultimately football is not the most important thing, but as far as rooting someone on and supporting them? You can do that with still trying to go out there and do your best. If your best is better than so be it. If it's not then you have to do the other roles you are asked to do."
New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow spoke to the media following Monday's training camp practice at SUNY Cortland. Tebow and starter Mark Sanchez each were impressive during Monday's practice. Here is some of what Tebow had to say:
On if today was his best day of practice...
I think you'd have to go and look back at the film. But from feeling it, I didn't have a super lot of passes. Probably more runs in there, but I felt good. I felt pretty good about my checks and some passes. I would have liked to have one or two of the passes from skelly (pass skeleton drill) back. But for the most part I felt like I did pretty good in team and threw it pretty accurately. So I've got some things to improve on but I thought I did okay.
On if he's feeling comfortable with special teams...
I'm getting more comfortable. It's still pretty new to me. What I'm doing is kind of like being a quarterback out there with all of our calls, checks, audibles, fakes and it's pretty fun. I'm getting more used to it every day.
On his shirtless run through the rain...
(Laughter) It was funny. A few guys gave me a hard time, but honestly I don't think anybody knew until they saw it that night on ESPN. It was funny. More than anything it was probably just Mark (Sanchez) and Greg (McElroy) giving me a hard time and then everybody else catches on after that.
On what made him run off the field with his shirt off...
That I was running and my shirt felt like 20 pounds because we had been in the rain and then I was signing autographs for like 20 or 30 minutes. I didn't really think you all would be filming it and taking pictures.
On his improvements with throwing...
I feel like I'm improving every day. I feel like this offseason I made a lot of strides. I feel like there's some stuff that I'm still working on. Especially with the way that we do drops and your progressions through your footwork and the timing because so much of it is the timing for our plays and our drops. So that's something that I continue to work on, especially after practice when I get a chance to work on that as well.
On churches asking him to speak...
I think that depends on who the audience is, what the day is, it depends on a lot of things. So it's hard to answer, not really sure, but try to find something that is somewhat inspirational and somewhat (provides) hope and has a lot of faith involved in it too so.
On if he ever gets fazed was all of the coverage and attention...
Sometimes it does get a little comical and funny to me. But for the most part, it's really trying not to think about it or worry about it or pay attention to it. I really just try to be myself and live as much of a normal life as I can without having any of this change who I am or what I do or why I do it, and it's something I take pride in. It's just not changing, especially my values, my faith, anything like that, but also just what I do and how I do it and just try to be the same person all the time. Just being someone that's authentic and genuine and real and not someone that does one thing and in front of the cameras and does something different when I'm around teammates or not doing what I like to do, just being myself. It's just something that I don't want to change no matter what anyone writes about me.
When a NFL franchise like the New York Jets acquires a high-profile player who's expected to spend most of a game sitting on the bench it will try just about anything to get him on the field. That's what it seems the Jets are doing with Tim Tebow, who could now be asked to be a part of the Jets kickoff team, reports New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.
"I think there might be some value there on kickoff returns," assistant special teams coach Ben Kotwica told me. "It’s something that we’ve talked about. I don’t think there’s any option with Tim that we’ve taken off the table. So, that would be something that would be new to him as well. In what we’ve asked him to do as the personal protector (right now), he’s done an excellent job."
According to Kotwica, Tebow thus far has been impressive on special teams coverage, but there hasn't been a final decision on what Tebow will do on special teams. That decision will come during training camp.
"There’s certain guys that… if you ask them to go be the personal protector, you go ask them to be the fullback, you ask them to be the quarterback, you ask them to be the tight end, they simply get things done," Kotwica said. "I think you’d be hard pressed to say that Tim is not one of those guys that gets things done."
The Jets are on vacation, but Tebowmania remains in mid-season form
I don't know that I can help him with that. It would be pretty hard," Tebow said.
Umm, yes. Yes, it would. Witness Wednesday's mini-camp practice that was open to the public at the Jets Florham Park Park practice facility.
Tebow took two -- yes, two!! -- snaps with the first-team offense. Gasp! Add some fuel to the controversy between Tebow and starter Mark Sanchez.
"Coach Ryan does that every now and then, just kind of throws you in there. I don't know that it's necessarily planned, I think it's just a feel thing, however (practice is) going," Tebow said. "So, the last two plays, (they) threw me in there and I tried to make the most of them."
Then there was the big news that Tebow is bigger than he has ever been. He weighs 249 pounds, up from the 240 or so he played at last season with the Denver Broncos.
"I just feel like I'm just training hard and just trying to be in shape and be strong enough to handle anything, but also fast enough to be able to run around a little bit as well," Tebow said.
Tebow's throwing mechanics, of course, are always a nice topic of conversation.
"I feel like I am getting better every single day. I feel like I've made a lot of strides, a lot of improvements through this OTA, mini-camp time and hopefully I'll continue that through training camp," Tebow said.
Ahh, Tebowmania! Always something to talk about. Gotta love it!
Tebowmania has been rampant since the polarizing quarterback was traded from the Denver Broncos to the New York Jets earlier this off-season. Many have speculated that Tebow will eventually overtake Mark Sanchez as the team's starting quarterback, but all-world cornerback, Darrelle Revis believes in Sanchez.
"Yeah, he can [take us to the Super Bowl]," ... "If he got us to two AFC Championship Games at a young age, he can. He's improved a lot and he's going to keep on improving. Mark works very hard. This guy is here all the time. Usually here with me. He does what he does. Don't write him off."
Jets training camp is scheduled to begin next in July.
As always, there were plenty of headlines about Tim Tebow of the New York Jets during the past week
Of course, Mark Sanchez' agent Brian Murphy said he was not trying to "disrespect" Tim Tebow. Of course, that he is exactly what he did when he lauded the abilities of the New York Jets starting quarterback Thursday on Twitter.
No offense media, but of course Sanchez is going to out perform Tim T. Mark is a franchise quarterback and Tim is a great athlete.— Brian Murphy (@A1Murph) May 24, 2012
For his part, Sanchez was asked Thursday if he thinks about the increased scrutiny caused by Tebow's presence. He said no.
"No offense to Tim, I'm not really thinking about Tim. I'm thinking about the play we have, the protection we have, what potential blitz we're going to get and making sure everybody's lined up in the right spot," Sanchez said. "So, my mind is racing a million miles an hour."
Convenient, though, that Murphy chose to make his remarks on a day when the big story around Tebow was that he threw a pair of interceptions during 7-on-7 drills.
An incredibly overzealous Gary Myers of the New York Daily News went so far as to tweet "Sanchez lengthening lead in Jets QB derby."
Tebow called the interceptions "frustrating."
"Both of those plays, (it) was the first time I ran them. So I will learn from it and that is it. It won't bother me again. When you make a bad play, just put it behind you and move on," Tebow said. "Both times he [offensive coordinator Tony Sparano] was saying ‘You have to take your check down. It is right there in front of you.' That is obviously a learning point for me that I didn't learn the first time."
Tebow is also working on the Jets punt coverage team, and admits it is something he has never done before.
"I'll do whatever I can to help the team," Tebow said. "I just go out there and have fun and try to do my job to the best of my abilities (and do) whatever I'm asked to do."
Tim Tebow has good throwing mechanics? With a 47.3 percent career completion rate in two NFL seasons? Who knew?
"I think he can be very good," New York Jets quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. "I was pleasantly surprised when I saw him over an extended period of time . . . not just watching him play on film. I think he's certainly got the arm strength. He has good mechanics. They're getting better every day."
Cavanaugh was also effusive in his praise of Tebow's work ethic.
"He doesn't let a day go by when he's not focused on trying to get better at something," Cavanaugh said. "When you're in that role as a backup, you take every rep, every drill, every offseason practice or meeting to get better. . . . The playing time? Nobody knows how much it's going to be. So I don't think we worry about that."
How can any of this be good news for current starter Mark Sanchez? And how can all of this lead anywhere but to Tebow eventually becoming the Jets starting quarterback?
According to Joel Schwartz of the New York Post, Toomer feels that Tebow is the future for the Jets behind center.
It's certainly not a hard scenario to see playing out. If and/or when Sanchez struggles early on, fans will be screaming at the top of their collective lungs for Tebow. Forget that Tebow barely completed 46 percent of his pass attempts last year, he's a winner they'll say.
It also stands to reason the Jets love the limelight, and what better way than to throw Tebow into the starting lineup? Head coach Rex Ryan has already talked about putting Tebow in for as many as 20 plays per game. Considering an average game sees each team have about 70 snaps, that's a pretty high percentage.
It remains to be seen what happens when New York hits training camp this summer. It will most definitely be a circus.
Now, that Tim Tebow is officially a part of the New York Jets organization and introduced himself to the media on Monday, the debate between Tebow and incumbent starting quarterback Mark Sanchez will rage on. Though, it seems the Jets front office is trying to push Sanchez -- both mentally and possibly physically out of his starting job -- the Jets' starting QB says, he doesn't feel threatened by the move.
"We’re adding another player and were not replacing anybody," Sanchez said during a conference call from California. "I mean, he’s here to help us and I’m confident in my abilities. I know the team feels the same way about me. They have belief in me. … I’m not worried about losing my spot."
Sanchez admitted to not watching the Tebow press conference on Monday, but instead he was throwing and working out.
When asked if he will worry about fans calling for Tebow if he struggles early in a game, Sanchez brushed off that question as well.
"That stuff happens whether you’re Tim Tebow or not," Sanchez said. "They call for the backup any time you’re not playing to your potential, so that’s just part of the job if you’re not playing well."
Meanwhile, for those fans curious as to why Sanchez wasn't asked about the trade beforehand, check this from head coach Rex Ryan:
Rex Ryan on why Sanchez wasn't consulted before Tebow trade: "Mark's job is to play QB... Not to be the general manager." #nfl— Manish Mehta(@TheJetsStream) March 27, 2012
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Joe Namath sees why the New York Jets would want to acquire Tim Tebow as a business decision. But the Hall of Famer doesn't believe the Tebow trade will help the Jets on the field, and thinks Mark Sanchez probably does not welcome his high-profile backup.
"[Tebow is] the biggest star, one of them certainly in the game today so I think the Jets have done a terrific thing here in bringing the Jet fans a real star. Now, can the star continue to play football and contribute properly without disrupting what they have there at this time? The Jets need help. they finished 8-8 last year. they're thin with their safeties, linebackers, offensive line. It's really a wait and see how Tim Tebow and the Jets team does. As a quarterback, I would not like this a little bit. I don't know a quarterback, a starter in the NFL that appreciates being taken off the field in clutch situations," Namath said during an interview with the FOX Business Network.
"You see the overview that the personnel in the Jets administration have, they give more thought to the marketing and the other edges of the business than I do. I think more of the football field, the locker room, and what they’re trying to achieve on the field. I just don’t think the team is in a position right now with their players to have a successful season next year," he added.
"I think they need fixes in other areas. Whenever I see the move with Tim Tebow, that’s just telling me they really don’t have all that confidence in Mark Sanchez that they’ve been telling Mark and telling the fans certainly with the new contract and there’s an old saying amongst players in football talking about your general manger and coaches, they speak with a forked tongue."
The New York Jets will hold an introductory press conference for Tim Tebow on Monday, and before Tebow even steps in front of a microphone it has become obvious some of his new teammates are not welcoming the former Denver Broncos quarterback with open arms.
From the New York Post:
Several current Jets, who spoke with The Post on Saturday, asked not to be quoted but expressed disbelief at the team bringing in Tebow.
The idea of a backup quarterback having a press conference is something they can't wrap their heads around, and they know it's just the beginning.
Former Jet and current ESPN analyst Damien Woody did not have to couch his opinion.
"How do you manage a natural disaster?" Woody said. "People say they're preparing for an earthquake. No, you're not. There's no way to prepare for it. Once it happens, it creates devastation. It's the same thing here. They talk about being prepared for it. No, you're not because you've never experienced it before. They have no idea."
Jets owner Woody Johnson today reacted angrily to the opinion that the acquisition of Tebow is a marketing ploy."Let me be really clear about this, we work for the fans and the fans want us to win games," Johnson said from the NFL owners meetings in Florida.
"So all of the decisions we make regarding the team are just for football. It's hard to predict other things. If you get confused in term of what your mission is, you're not going to accomplish your mission. And our mission is to win games pure and simple. We think that Tim Tebow has been a winner all his life."
The World's Most Famous Understudy has come to New York. Is he the most popular backup ever? Maybe but another Heisman winner does compare favorably...or unfavorably.
Tim Tebow is a New York Jet. What happens next? Nobody knows.
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