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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?
Tim Tebow will be at the New York Jets facilities bright and early Monday morning when offseason training activities (OTAs), he told the New York Post.
“I’m going to be there early – as in ‘crack-ofdawn’ early,” the lightning-rod offseason acquisition said. “This is what I’ve been waiting for since the trade happened, and I want to make a good impression.”
Tebow doesn’t yet have the Jets playbook because of restrictions the NFL has on interacting with players in the off-season, but says he’s been studying a playbook that Jets offensive coordinator, Tony Sparano, gave Tebow at the Senior Bowl a few years ago.
Another interesting tidbit from the Post’s article, is that Tebow did not receive an invite from Mark Sanchez, to work out with him and other teammates.
Top 10 Reasons Why Tim Tebow's Arrival In New York could be a disaster for the Jets, Tebow and Mark Sanchez
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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How's it going? Good to see all of you. A lot of people here. It's such an honor for me to be here. I'm so excited about being a Jet. Thank you all for coming. First and foremost, I just want to thank the Broncos for my time in Denver. It was an amazing tame. I want to thank my teammates and fans for being such great teammates and such great fans. I'm looking forward to my time in New York and my time as a Jet. I'm so honored and humbled to be a Jet. I'm so thankful that they wanted me. I'm so excited about meeting my teammates. I've had the pleasure to meet quite a few already. I'm looking forward to my future as a Jet and I'm very, very excited about it. With that, I'd love to open it up for questions.
On the discrepancy between John Elway's and his account on the trade to the Jets...
Well, I guess a little bit of the story was when I woke up Wednesday morning and talked to Coach Fox, they were very gracious the whole time. Coach Fox, I specifically talked to him a lot throughout the process. So he kind of told me some of the opportunities that were out there. So I talked to him about it. The next thing I know is I got a call from Mr. Tannenbaum and Mr. Ryan and they said I was a Jet. I was really excited about it. I'm like ‘All right, I'm excited. When is the next flight out to New York?' I was excited about it. Then obviously the media circus happened and I found out a few minutes later there was a snag in the contract and I wasn't a Jet. Then it was like five hours kind of waiting. Coach Fox was keeping me updated on what was happening. Then later on in the day, they said we have a few teams that are interested, similar deals. He was very gracious to ask me what I thought. So I talked to him very honestly about it. I told him I would love to be a Jet. I told him also the Jaguars are my hometown - whatever was best for them. He said the same for me.
Ultimately, you know, they had my contract, they had all the power. But he listened to me and what I had to say. It was very gracious of them because they didn't have to do that. They could have just done whatever. But he listened to me and talked to me. I told him I would love to be a Jet. I love the coaches. I had an opportunity to be with Coach Sparano at the Senior Bowl, I've had an opportunity to know Coach Ryan several times.
I also told him I would love to be a Jaguar, that was my hometown, so that would be exciting for me and whatever was best for them. So I'm excited to be a Jet and I'm excited to be here.
On if he wants to be the starter...
I think everybody that puts on a uniform, you want to go out there and you want to play. That's why you play the game of football. I'm excited to be a Jet, to go out there and to help this team any way that I can. Whatever my role is, however I can expand that role, I'm going to try to do that. Every day in practice I'm going to go out there and compete and try to get better as a quarterback, try to figure out any ways possible to help this team any way that I can.
On how he feels that his presence on the team could create an issue...
I really don't pay too much attention to it.
I think the exciting thing is that me and Mark have a great relationship. We have had a great relationship for the last three years I think. We've been friends. We've texted back and forth. We've talked already. We're going to have a great relationship and a great working relationship. I think we'll have a lot of fun together.
On if Coach Ryan has defined his role with the team...
I have had time to spend with Coach Ryan. I think a lot of it has to do with how well it works, how it does in practice. Obviously, you're not going to put something out there if it's not executed and not running well. I think it matters how well we do, how well I can pick everything up, go out there and how well we're doing. My goal is to go out there and try to execute as well as I possibly can and improve every single day and really feel comfortable with my role and expand that role by going out there and competing and playing well. So I think it's just exciting that he's had faith in me and he believes in me as a football player and as a person to bring me here and make me a Jet. I'm excited about the opportunity.
On how Sanchez was on the phone and how well they will work together...
Well, from my conversations with him, he was excited. He was excited about working with me. I'm excited about working with him. I have a lot of respect for him as a football player, as a person. He's always handled himself with so much class and integrity. He's won a lot of games as a quarterback. I think we'll have a great working relationship. We talked about that - just supporting one another in our roles. I'm excited about that opportunity. I think we'll have a great relationship and hopefully we'll be able to thrive together.
On if he is comfortable playing a position other than quarterback...
I think, first and foremost, I'm a football player first and then a quarterback, although that is my dream, that's what I want to be. That's what I believe I am, is a quarterback. But however I can help the team, however I can make a difference, however they can use me, I'll be open to it and work as hard as I can every time I step on that field. I would give my whole heart to be the best Jet I possibly can be and help this team win football games.
On why he is so excited to be a Jet...
First and foremost, it was my relationship with the coaches. It was having football coaches that believed in you, having football coaches that saw ability in me, and having coaches that I really respected for how they coach the game, for who they were. I've always had a great relationship with Coach Ryan. (I have a) relationship with Coach Sparano. (I'm) also excited about working with Coach Cavanaugh. Also you have so much support from Mr. Johnson, from Mr. Tannenbaum. Look at these facilities. They don't get much better. There's a lot of pros here, not many cons. I'm excited about that.
On how he can make sure he does not allow his popularity become a distraction to the team...
It's an honor for all you to show up to hear me say a few words today. I really don't feel like it will be too much of a distraction because I honestly will try not to pay too much attention to it. The reason we're doing this today is because I have bosses, too, and they wanted me to stand up and talk to all of you. I can blame it on them because they made me do it, so... (Smiling).
On he thinks Sanchez will respond to the pressure of having a player so popular as his backup...
I think Mark is very secure as a football player and a person, and who he is. I don't think he's going to let outsiders affect how he goes about his preparation or how he plays. I think, you know, I'm excited about my role here, too, and my opportunity, my opportunity to compete. I think working together we'll be able to encourage one another and be stronger together than we would be apart.
On if the criticism of him as a passer is fair...
I think I'm improving every single day. I've been working very hard in L.A. with Coach Mazzone, who is a former Jets coach, working extremely hard to improve in every area of my game. I'm excited about my future and just improving as a quarterback, as a football player, understanding defenses, understanding the schemes, how we go about it, how we take advantage of defenses, reads, fundamentals, all those things. I'm excited about the opportunity. I'm excited about my future.
On his relationship with Sanchez...
When was the first time we met? I think it might have been at the ESPYs a few years ago. I know we had to do one appearance at a Super Bowl a few years ago where we were throwing to fans and other people. We had a good time with that. We had to do a question and answer at one of those Super Bowl appearances as well where we got to hang out backstage for a while and then go out and have to answer some questions.
But we've always had a great relationship every time we've been together and hung out. He's a very classy person with a lot of integrity. He's also fun to hang around. I think our quarterback room will be a lot of fun.
On how much pressure he is feeling from joining the Jets...
None actually. I don't really feel too much pressure. Just enjoying this opportunity, how exciting it is. I'm excited to be a Jet. I've got a long way to go before OTAs or training camp. (I've got to) just continue to prepare and just continue to try to improve. I'm sure there will be some pressure leading up to it. But, you know, I've always enjoyed pressure. Before every time I get up and give a speech, before every practice, before every football game I play, I always get a little bit nervous. That's something that excites me. I think that's something that I play better when I have more on the line. That's something that I've always tried to thrive on. When that feeling goes away, that will probably be the time when I stop playing football. So I'm excited about just the support that we have as a Jet, the fans, how passionate they are.
I've been very blessed in my past to have passionate fans when I was at the University of Florida. You know, Gator Nation is very powerful and it's everywhere. So that was a lot of fun. Being a Bronco, they have extremely passionate fans, which I was very blessed to have support me. Now being a Jet, it's awesome because you have so many fans that support us as Jets and they're so passionate. I realized that when we played the Jets last year and we were playing them at our home field, and they had a lot of fans there. They were cheering pretty loud. That was exciting to see. Now being a Jet, I'm looking extremely forward to our first game to see what the atmosphere is really like.
On his relationship with Coach Ryan...
Well, my relationship with him has always been great. We've continued to build a relationship throughout the last few years. Just in our conversations -- he actually has the same agent I have in Jimmy Sexton. Gosh, I'm trying to remember the first place we met. (It) might have been at a Pro Day where we met. I know we spent some time together at the Super Bowl this year. We got to have a great conversation there. I've always watched him. I got to see 'Hard Knocks', see how he coached, and that was fun. From our conversations that we've had the last few days, I think he's just excited that I'm here. I think it's a day-by-day process to see what happens and how well the Wildcat is working.
On what his role will be...
I think it's a day-by-day process, figuring out what works, how I can fit into this team and try to make this team a little bit better. And that's my goal, by being on this team, be a great teammate, hopefully a good asset, and someone that can help us try to win a few football games.
On if he feels the wild cat can still work in the NFL...
I think one misconception is people think that the Wildcat is just a direct snap to a running back and you fake it and you run power or outside zone or inside zone. I think that's a big misconception because I think when you have the ability to have 11 people touch the ball -- not 11 people, but you have five or six people that have the opportunity to touch the ball on every single play, I think it can be confusing. I think it can make defenses play slow. I think when you have a great offensive coordinator like Coach Sparano that can put together packages and plays, not necessarily have tendencies, then I think it can be effective.
On if he takes offense to the notion that this trade is a publicity stunt...
I really don't take offense to that. I don't think it's true because I think the Jets get a lot of support as it is and have a lot of great fans. I don't think it has much to do with that. I think it has more to do with just some coaches believing in me and hopefully thinking that I'm an okay football player. I'm just excited I have the opportunity to be a Jet and hopefully I can add something to this great franchise and organization.
On how he feels that he is embraced because of his faith...
Well, obviously I'm someone that is very outspoken about my faith. I've never been ashamed of it. Anytime I get the opportunity, I always thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, because that is the most important thing to me. But I don't think all the attention is just because of my faith. I think sometimes it adds a little bit to it. I'm pretty sure I'm not the first athlete that has gotten on a knee and prayed. Somehow it's known as Tebowing, and I'm not sure why. It probably has a little bit to do with the hype. But, you know, I think it's not all a bad thing. If people are still somehow talking about prayer or talking about my faith, then I think that's pretty cool.
On what advice Sanchez has given him about dealing with New York...
He did say to get ready for y'all (the media) (smiling).
It's fun. We have a great relationship. He just said it would be fun working together. You spend so much time watching film in the QB room, it's so important to have people in there that you like, that you can get along with, that you can joke around with, that you can make fun of, that you can have a great time. Just as far as that goes, we'll have a great relationship. Also you'll have McElroy in there, Alabama guy, so that will be tough, but it should be okay.
On if he plans on establishing a foundation in the New Jersey area...
Absolutely. I'm looking forward to doing things here in New Jersey and in New York, figuring out a way to just try to make a difference and to try to help. My foundation is something that is extremely important to me, something that I'm very proud of. I'm so proud of the 650 orphans that we support, or the 18 Timmy's playrooms that we're building, or the hospital in the Phillipines that we're building because ultimately I know that's more important than anything I do on the football field, the ability to brighten a kid's day, the ability to make someone smile. We're put on a pedestal as a football player which makes us no more important or no more special than anybody else. You have an opportunity, I believe more than that, it's a responsibility to be a good role model, to set a good example and to make a difference in kids' lives, especially kids that are looking up to you because you play football. I can still remember when I was eight years old and Danny Wuerffel came to my church as a Florida Gators quarterback. I was probably the 120th kid in line and I waited an hour. But he signed all the autographs and waited until I got to him and I still remember how that made me feel as a little boy. I still have that autograph in my parents' house in Jacksonville, Florida, because I know how it made me feel. Sometimes we can get so busy and caught up in the hustle and bustle, forget about being a role model, setting a good example and making a difference in people's lives that are looking up to us. Ultimately I know that my biggest goal in being here and being a football player, is to set a great example, and I'm excited about this opportunity.
On how he will handle the demand of being in New York...
You know, I feel being at the University of Florida, you have a pretty big platform there. Then just being a quarterback for two years in the NFL gives you a pretty big platform. Ultimately I'm just going to be myself and just have fun with it and honestly not worry about what I can't control. It's something I learned early on at Florida is if you can't control it, don't worry about it. Honestly, I'm just going to try to be the best teammate, try to be the best football player that I can be and try to set a good example. Besides that, I'm not really going to worry about too much else.
On if he felt the Jets were a better fit for him than the Jaguars...
I can tell you this, I had a better relationship with the Jets coaches. I knew them. I know that Coach Mularkey and the coaches they have are great coaches, but I never met any of them. I haven't had an opportunity to get to know them. It would have been exciting. It would have been fun to be home. But this is exciting. I'm so proud to be a Jet. I think it's going to be a lot of fun.
This is a blessing for me and it's going to be a great opportunity.
On if he has to be careful in spreading his faith in New York and in the locker room...
Well, I think first and foremost it doesn't matter what market I was in, I don't think that necessarily played a big part in it. I just want to be myself. When I'm asked about it, I won't be ashamed of saying that I serve my Lord and savior Jesus Christ. In the locker room, it's not something that I'm super outspoken about. It's just that's who I am and that's how I live. I don't try to share it with a lot of guys. I don't try to approach a lot of guys with it because I think the greatest way to share the gospel is by acting it and by them seeing who you are as a person. That's how I approach it. It's not by what I say, it's more about how I act and who I am as a person. I think it is the greatest way you can have an impact on people's lives is your integrity, character and how you go about handling yourself.
On if he learned anything about himself from this process...
That's a very good question.
You know, I think I learned a lot of things about myself. I think what also came to mind was you can't worry about what you can't control. That was something that was reemphasized. I think also something is you can't worry about sometimes how people can take something so little and make it big. As far as like Tebowing goes, I've been doing that same routine for the last seven years, since my senior year in high school. All of a sudden this last year it became a big deal that I was going to the end zone and getting on a knee before a game and praying. I'll get up and do a few jumps and sprint down the sideline. It's funny because all of a sudden it became a big story, but it's something I've done the last seven years. For me it's not about changing anything, it's not about being anyone different, it's about being who I am and who I've always been and just trying to be the same person, continuing to work hard, continuing to treat people like I want to be treated, continue to do what's right and do my best. Other than that, I really won't worry about too much else.
On if he is concerned that one of his sponsors (Jockey) placed a billboard outside of Lincoln Tunnel...
I don't think so. Hopefully they know that I have nothing to do with that. I don't think that it will really have an effect on the people in the locker room because there's not much I can do to control that (laughter).
On if he has an issue with discussing what his religious beliefs...
Not really. We are at a press conference for a football team. It's not exactly the platform to get up here and share everything you believe. I have no problems ever sharing what I believe. You know, I'm a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ. That is first and foremost the most important thing in my life. For me, it's about having a relationship with Christ, and that's pretty much it. That's the basis of what I believe. It's exciting for me to get opportunities to share that. But at the same time this is a press conference for the New York Jets football team. So I feel like it's an opportunity to answer questions about my opportunity to be here as a Jet, and I'm excited about that. Anytime I get an opportunity, I'm always going to talk about Jesus Christ and what He's done in my life.
On if he feels he needs to win over the locker room...
I don't think I'm necessarily trying to win over the locker room. I'm trying to, every day in my actions, earn a little bit of respect from the guys in the locker room, by showing up, working hard, trying to be a great teammate, trying to improve on my skills, trying to make the Jets a little bit better because I'm on this team. Whether that is by on the field or being a great teammate or encouraging other guys, I just want to make this team a little bit better because I'm here and earn their respect a little bit at a time by how I work and who I am as a person.
On if his marketing partners are excited about him being in a larger market...
I guess. I haven't talked to anybody about that. It's been a little bit of a whirlwind. It was: I was traded, I wasn't traded, I was back as a Jet, then I was on a plane here. My whole time here has been meeting with the coaches, getting to know them, getting all the physicals, getting the paperwork done. That's pretty much what I've been doing. I haven't had too much time to talk to any of them. But I guess they are pretty excited, so....
On how far he thinks the Jets can go this season...
I'm blessed to be on a very good football team, a great defense, great offensive line, great skilled athletes. It was a great game when we played each other last year. I'm excited to be on a football team that's a tough football team, that's a physical football team, a football team that has won a lot of games over the last few years.
Hopefully by me being here, we can be a little bit better and I can add something to this team. That is my hope and prayer. I'm excited to be on this football team, excited to have the support that we have.
It truly is a blessing to be on this team, to be on a team that has won so many football games. When you watch the New York Jets play, you see a team that is physical, that wants to win, and that's exciting. It's always a lot of fun to be on the tough team and the physical team. I believe that's what you have when you're on the New York Jets.
On if he understands people anger about him being traded from Denver after helping the Broncos win a playoff game...
It was a special season last year, that I was able to be a part of just a little bit of, with some great teammates, some great coaches. Will have a lot of great memories a long time from last season, some of the comebacks, some of the wins, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs. That will always be part of my career and special memories. They went away that they thought was best for the organization. I'll never blame them for that. I'm excited about being a Jet, excited about the support I have here. I wish the Broncos nothing but the best. They got one of the best quarterbacks to ever play this game in Peyton Manning. He's always been extremely classy and very supportive of me. I wish him nothing but the best.
There's no ill will towards the Broncos, Peyton Manning or anybody. I wish them nothing but the best. It will be a lot of fun when we get to play each other. I wish them nothing but the best. I know they're going to have a great team and win a lot of games this next season. I'll always have a lot of friends on that team. I'm always going to root for those guys 'cause we went through a lot together.
It will be exciting to watch and see how they do. But I'm worried about being a Jet and I'm excited about being a Jet. This is where I want to be.
On if he has a message for Giants fans...
Not really. I'll leave that talk to other people. I'm not qualified to get in that argument. I'm excited to be here. You have to congratulate the Giants on winning a Super Bowl and having a great team. I wish them nothing but the best as well.
On how he will deal with the locker room...
Honestly it really doesn't bother me at all. I think it's my job to come in here and try to earn guys' respect by how I work. I want them to respect me by me coming in here and working hard, proving myself in the weight room, in sprints, when we're running, on the practice field. I can't control doing this press conference. You can blame the guys upstairs. They wanted me to do that, so I have no say over that at all either. I'm just having fun with it, make the best of whatever situation I'm dealt.
I'm so honored to be here. It's such a blessing for me. I'm excited about getting to know those teammates, building a relationship. I have been able to know quite a few of them already. I'm excited about it.
It truly is an honor to be a Jet and I'm so grateful to be here.
Thank you all. God bless.
Tebow didn't want to become a Jacksonville Jaguar.
"That would have been the worst thing for Jacksonville and the worst thing for him," Jaguars owner Shad Khan told the Times-Union at the NFL's annual league meetings. "He didn't want to come, obviously. ... Any one of the 53 players we have, have to be committed to Jacksonville, making us be the best team we are. The question was: Did he want to come? And if the decision had been taken out [of his hands] and we got him, that would not be good for him, or for us."
Khan said the Jaguars' offer was better than the one the Jets used to land Tebow. They offered the Broncos more money than the Jets, and the fourth-round draft pick Jacksonville offered was nine spots higher than the Jets'.
"It's well-thought, it's logical, we've offered more money and we have a higher draft pick," Khan said. "It's up to the player. It's not up to me. We've done everything.
"In a way, this turned out great. If he doesn't want to come, here we would have blown through a draft pick, blown through money, because cash and salary cap, you've blown through all that and we have a player who doesn't want to be there. From their viewpoint that is a far, far better alternative."
During Tebow's press conference on Monday, he said he told the Broncos that he would have been happy with either proposed trade, the one that would have sent him to New York or the one that would have made him a Jaguar.
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."
Think Tim Tebow is "excited" to be a member of the New York Jets? Tebows word "excited" or some variation 44 times during his 32-minute introductory press conference Monday afternoon.
Tebow seemed comfortable throughout the press conference, smiling and easily handling a wide range of questions.
Tebow said he was "honored and humbled to be a Jet."
He said he and incumbent quarterback Mark Sanchez "have a great relationship" and that "I have a lot of respect for him as a football player, as a person."
On splitting time with Sanchez: "Everybody that puts on a uniform you want to go out there and play. … "my goal is to go out there and execute as well as I possibly can."
On the fact that the Jets held a press conference for a player who is supposed to be their backup quarterback: "I have bosses, too."
On all of the attention ‘Tebowing’ has gotten: "I’ve been doing that same routine for 7 years. It’s about being who I am."
On reports that some unnamed teammates are skeptical about Tebow’s ability to help the Jets: "It’s my job to come in here and earn guys respect … "Every day in my actions I’m trying to earn a little bit of respect … I just want to make this team a little bit better."
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."
"He's going to bring another element to the Jets," Cromartie said Friday in his first comments since the trade. "He's a winner. He's a guy that never quits. If you give him a chance to win a game, he's going to go out and win it. I think that's what (general manager) Mike Tannenbaum and Rex (Ryan) saw in him." (via the New York Daily News)
Hours before the trade was agreed to in principle (for the first time), Cromartie tweeted that the Jets did not need Tebow, and that the team should be more focused on surrounding Mark Sanchez with supporting talent. But Cromartie said his tweets were not meant as an insult to Tebow.
"I don't have any regrets," Cromartie said. "I think a lot of people took what I said the wrong way. People took it as me dissing Tebow. I never dissed Tebow. I just said we don't need him on our team because Mark is our quarterback. I would never degrade an NFL player because he's in the NFL for a reason.Tebow's proven over the past couple years why he's in the NFL. I would never take a shot at any NFL player. He's been a winner all his life. He's pulled his teams out of predicaments. I'm not the kind of person that would degrade or belittle someone in the NFL."
"He's a guy that brings a different atmosphere to the locker room and the huddle," Cromartie said. "We were missing that last year - a guy that can take control and do the things that we need to. (Tannenbaum and Ryan) feel like he can come in and bring us that spark on offense when he's in certain packages."
Tim Tebow and the New York Jets have had a wild week. The Jets originally traded for Tebow's services, but when a contract snag put the trade in jeopardy, other teams – the Jacksonville Jaguars – were able to get back in the mix for Tebow. At the end of the day, the Jets and Broncos worked through the issue and Tebow is coming to New York. However; the trade cannot be made official until Saturday.
Before Tebow becomes a Jet, he must sign a rewritten contract with the Broncos, per the report, and remain on their salary cap for 24 hours. The transaction will not be official until 4 p.m. Saturday.
Tebow will act as the backup to Mark Sanchez, for now, and will likely play sub packages on offense.
"I look at it this way: We're incredibly fortunate to have a couple of quarterbacks with playoff wins," Ryan told cbssports.com at LSU Pro Day on Thursday. "Obviously, both have been fairly successful. ... I think he's (Sanchez) going to be a tremendous quarterback. He is our quarterback.... What Tim gives us is another great competitor."
"He'll fit right in with the guys we already have," Ryan added. (via NY Daily News)
Ryan is not concerned that Tebow could be a distraction for incumbent starter Mark Sanchez. While Sanchez is still the starter, Ryan said that Tebow will get in the games each week with a package of plays.
AP sports writer Larry Lage reports that the Jets are trying to trade Stanton, likely per the quarterback's request.
Tebow will presumably take over as Mark Sanchez' primary backup, a position Stanton thought was his when he signed with the Jets on March 16. Becoming a No. 2 quarterback was presumably a priority for Stanton when relocating from the Detroit Lions as a free agent, and just a week after landing in New York, he found himself relegated to third-string through no fault of his own.
"I don't think it will be an adverse effect. We really see it as a positive because again we think we're going to be much harder to prepare for and our focus internally, while we haven't seen the acquisitions, has been to put Mark in a chance to be successful and run plays, play action, and really shore up the run game and play to Mark's strengths," Tannenbaum said.
"That formula has made Mark a winning quarterback. We think he will continue to be a winning quarterback for a long, long time so we've put a lot of emphasis into Mark and we have a great plan when the offseason program begins and I know Mark's anxious, we're anxious, and Coach Sparano can't wait. The proof will be in the pudding but I would be really surprised guys if we didn't see significant improvement this year going into year four. Sanchez is transitioning in my mind from a young guy to a young veteran and the contract was just the next step of the way."
"We also understand that [Tebow] comes with a very unusual following and that's something that we're prepared for and we know we have to manage," Tannenbaum added. "But by no means is this anything but what we believe in with Mark. As you know Boomer, as a former player, actions speak louder than words and he's our starter. We extended him to a five-year deal and he's our quarterback."
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.
The New York Jets were adamant Wednesday night that Tim Tebow will be the backup quarterback to Mark Sanchez. Tebow said during a conference call that he understands his role.
"It is very clear. They want me to come in and compete and get better as a quarterback and help the team any way possible and whatever that role is, whatever that fashion is I will do my best every time I step on that field," Tebow said.
Tebow said that despite reports that he had been given a chance to choose between a trade to the Jets or one to the Jacksonville Jaguars that was not the case.
"The Broncos had all that power," Tebow said. "It was an interesting day."
In typical Tebow fashion he said all the right things when asked about going from a starting quarterback for a playoff team to a non-starter for a team that missed the playoffs in 2011.
"I always try to put the team first. However I can help the team that’s whay matters," Tebow said. "My goal is just to find a way to hopefully make the Jets a little bit better and to hopefully be a great teammate."
Rex Ryan (Jets Head Coach) Gets Tebowed For the First Time...Ever! (via joeyb4180)
Well, that didn't take long. Less than 24 hours after the completion of the Tim Tebow trade, New York Jets quarterback Drew Stanton - who was recently signed to backup Mark Sanchez - is seeking out of New York, according to a tweet from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
I've been told that recently signed QB Drew Stanton would prefer to be released by the Jets. He'd also be amenable to a trade. #nfl— Manish Mehta(@TheJetsStream) March 22, 2012
The move to acquire Tebow presumably eliminates Stanton's chances to hang on to his backup role, and the former Detroit Lion will likely seek to move to another franchise for the opportunity to assume a backup gig.
Barring another late change in the Tebow trade saga, the news comes as a bit of a surprise after earlier reports on Wednesday said that Tebow would be allowed to choose between the Jets and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Many expected him to choose the Jaguars based on a report earlier in the week that he preferred to play in Florida.
The Jets had a deal in place with the Broncos earlier in the day on Wednesday. A hangup over the details of the contract, specifically how much money the Jets' would have to pay in the deal along with the draft picks, got their first attempt at a trade nixed by the league.
The terms of this deal were a little different than the first one. The Broncos sent Tebow and a seventh-round pick to the Jets in exchange for New York's fourth- and sixth-round pick.
Denver has agreed to trade Tim Tebow and a seventh-round pick to the Jets for the NY's fourth-round pick and a sixth-round pick.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 22, 2012
The Tim Tebow trade saga may finally be nearing an end. After the New York Jets botched their first attempt to trade for Tebow, other suitors quickly called Denver. Now, according to Adam Schefter at ESPN, the Denver brass is allowing Tebow to pick which team he will be traded to: the Jets or the Jacksonville Jaguars.
If prior reports on Tebow's preferred destination are to be believed, then the quarterback will most likely be picking the Jaguars. The Florida Times-Union reported on Tuesday that Tebow preferred to be traded to a team in Florida. With the Dolphins having bowed out of the running, that leaves only one other choice.
If the New York Jets attempt to trade for Tim Tebow blows up after it had seemed like a done deal, the Jets organization will be embarrassed and they will be left with a lot of explaining to do -- both to their fan base and to incumbent quarterback Mark Sanchez.
There will, however, be plenty of folks relieved that something -- divine intervention, maybe -- ended up stopping the Jets adding to the circus atmosphere that seems to surround them by bringing in Tebow.
Among them will be Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath. The legendary Jet quarterback was vehement in his opposition during an appearance Wednesday on the Michael Kay Show.
"I do not agree with this situation," Namath said. "I can't agree with it. I just think it's a publicity stunt. I really think it's wrong. I can't go for it. ...
"I don't think they know what they're doing over there right now," Namath said. "They give Sanchez a new contract, they pat him on the back and then they bring in two more quarterbacks."
Over at SB Nation's Jets website, Gang Green Nation, there wouldn't be any tears shed if the trade falls through.
NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal wrote that the Jets are on the verge of an "embarrassment of colossal proportions."
"The Jets risk an embarrassment of colossal proportions if their attempted trade for Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow falls apart.
"Consider that the Jets' official Twitter feed announced the trade. That tweet has yet to be deleted, which could be viewed as a sign the Jets remain optimistic. (We are not optimistic about the poor guy who operates that feed.)
"If the trade falls through, the Jets will essentially have to admit that they announced a trade before reading Tebow's contract. We know owner Woody Johnson is desperate for headlines, but that would be ridiculous."
Tim Tebow trade now is expected to come down to either Jaguars or Jets. Jaguars making play to get the player they failed to land earlier.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 21, 2012
The Jets reportedly agreed to a trade with the Denver Broncos to acquire Tebow before finding the kick back language in Tebow's contract that would require the Jets to pay Denver a little more than $5 million for the quarterback.
The Jaguars reportedly saw that kick back language in the contract and decided not to try to make the trade.
Broncos source says Jets agreed to Tebow trade -- and it's their fault for not thoroughly reading contract. They contend trade should stand.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) March 21, 2012
The Tebow contract has language about how much money a team acquiring him in a trade would have to kick back to the Broncos. That amount is reportedly a little more than $5 million.
The contract says any team acquiring Tebow has to kick back $5.06375 million to the Broncos in advanced salaries from the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons, according to an NFL source. (via Denver Post)
The reason why other teams such as the Jaguars might have backed off from a trade for Tebow could have been due to the kick back language in the contract, which they reportedly noticed while the Jets did not.
Several other teams -- including the Jaguars -- recognized the language that required nearly $5 million payment, source said. Jets did not.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) March 21, 2012
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that a hangup in language in Tebow's contract could nullify the trade between the Jets and the Denver Broncos. The two sides reportedly agreed in principle to a deal earlier Wednesday which would bring Tebow to New York in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick, but the transaction has yet to be finalized.
Tebow has $5 million worth of "recapture language" written into his contract, according to Schefter, meaning the Jets would have to pay back money to Denver to finish the deal.
If the talks fall apart, Schefter reports the St. Louis Rams could re-enter the sweepstakes.
If New York does land Tebow, the team reportedly does not know what role he will play.
Though the New York Jets do not have a quarterback vacancy, the team is nonetheless excited about acquiring Tim Tebow, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
The feeling in Jets' organization about the Tim Tebow trade is very positive. Source tells me, "I would never bet against Tebow."
Jets' don't have clearly defined role for Tebow yet. Will figure out in offseason. Source: "He is a winner no matter how you slice it."
Tebow was traded from the Denver Broncos to the Jets earlier Wednesday, reportedly in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.
It's unclear as of now whether the Jets traded for Tebow solely as a backup quarterback or plan to try him out at other positions.
Tim Tebow is a New York Jet. What happens next? Nobody knows.
Do the New York Jets have a plan?
It's a question worth asking in the wake of a two-week span that has seen the Jets extend Mark Sanchez's contract and then acquire a backup quarterback who will surely cause the world to call for Sanchez' head the first time he makes a mistake.
With the Jets apparently uncertain about which direction they want to move, the Jets blog Gang Green Nation reacted to the Tim Tebow trade with a bit of disdain.
Normally I would be more upset about this, but I came to understand and accept a few weeks back that Mike Tannenbaum has become really bad at his job over the past year. This move really does not make a ton of sense on any number of levels, but the most disturbing part of it is how it displays the Jets really do not have any sort of structured plan on building their franchise.
As Tim Tebow 's name was initially tossed around the rumor mill, it seemed unlikely that the New York Jets would enter the sweepstakes. After all they just signed Mark Sanchez to a three-year contract extension. While the addition of Tim Tebow to the New York Jets may seem like a terrible acquisition at the outset, upon further inspection, it makes sense.
In the off-season, one of the major criticisms of Sanchez was that he was babied and coddled by head coach Rex Ryan. In his first few seasons, Sanchez has had nobody to compete with him for the starting job besides 41-year old Mark Brunell. Would Tebow be able to replace Sanchez as the starter? I doubt it. But he could stand to grow from Tebow's presence and perhaps borrow some of his intensity.
The Jets also need a cheap insurance plan in case Sanchez goes down and as conventional as Drew Stanton may be he's a pedestrian backup and a third stringer at best.
On the field, Tebow would be an asset in short yardage and goal line situations. Tony Sparano brought the Wildcat to the NFL after he was he was head coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2008. After utilizing Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams in the shotgun, West Virginia quarterback Pat White was drafted as a potential Wildcat specialist. Unfortunately, White was too fragile and was injured during the final regular season game of the 2009 season. Tebow is a combination of Ronnie Brown's strength and Pat White's throwing ability and would could be useful in supplementing the Jets paltry running game behind their shaky offensive line.
Hopefully, he and Laron Landry have enough restraint to stay away from the bicep curl rack.
It didn't take long for the backlash to begin on the Tim Tebow trade. And some of it is coming from his new teammates.
Cornerback Antonio Cromartie questioned the New York Jets' acquisition of Tebow on Twitter an hour and a half before the team made the trade official.
"Y bring Tebow in when we need to bring in more Weapons for @Mark_Sanchez let's build the team around him. We already signed to 3 year ext," Cromartie tweeted at 11:16, one hour and 34 minutes before the Jets announced the Tebow deal.
The Jets signed Mark Sanchez to a contract extension less than two weeks ago, a sign that the team considers Sanchez a franchise quarterback. But by acquiring Tebow from the Denver Broncos for a fourth-round pick, the Jets essentially assured that media members and fans will call for Sanchez to be benched unless he is perfect throughout the entire season.
Tebow Mania is headed to the New York Jets.
Tim Tebow was traded from the Denver Broncos to the New York Jets on Wednesday, the Jets announced. According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, the Jets gave up a fourth-round draft pick in exchange for the lefty quarterback.
Tebow, who led the Broncos to the playoffs and commandeered a Wild Card round upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers, became available when the Broncos inked Peyton Manning to a five-year deal this week. It was unclear whether Tebow ever won over John Elway, Denver's vice president of football operations, but he kept winning and the Broncos were prepared to move forward with Tebow as their starting quarterback until Manning hit the free agency market.
After signing Mark Sanchez to a contract extension recently, the Jets will likely use Tebow as a backup quarterback. But the team admitted earlier it was seeking a talented backup to put pressure on Sanchez, and acquiring Tebow certainly accomplished that.
The Tim Tebow updates continue to come in fast and furiously.
According to a report David Pingalore of clickorlando.com, either the New York Jets or Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to close a deal for the ex-Heisman Trophy winner by Wednesday afternoon.
Many pundits have laid out the reasons why the Jets want Tebow; he will immediately improve the Wildcat package and the culture inside the locker room being chief among them.
However, Gary Myers of the New York Daily News does a great job as always talking about the Jets and why it would be a very risky play.
This would be a huge move for New York, but it could have major unwanted ramifications if Mark Sanchez struggles early. Fans are already frustrated with the USC product and with Tebow holding the clipboard behind him, the screams will be deafening at times if things aren't going well.
After giving Sanchez an extension just a few weeks ago, the organization would be putting a ton of unneeded pressure on him.
It's been said by many analysts that the Jets want Tebow for two reasons: better the locker room and more importantly bring back a good Wildcat package a la the Brad Smith days.
However, the move could prove to be a headache if New York actually goes through with it. Mark Sanchez was just given an extension, but if he falters early the fans will be screaming for Tebow. It may cause more of a controversy than it's worth and even more division within an already fragile team.
Then again, the Tebow effect has been great everywhere else. Nothing has followed him but wins and a happy fan base.
If the Jets snag him, it'll be interesting to see how it all plays out.
The New York Jets have intensified their interest in trading for Tim Tebow, two sources told ESPNNewYork.com on Tuesday night. The Jets began internal discussions about acquiring Tebow as soon as it was reported Monday that the Denver Broncos may be interested in trading him after signing Peyton Manning.
The Jets are in need of quarterback depth behind Mark Sanchez, but they have reasonable concerns about the potential media circus that would follow in the wake of signing Tebow. Still, he would fit nicely in the Wildcat packages that new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano found some success running with the Miami Dolphins.
The Green Bay Packers and the Jacksonville Jaguars have already been connected to Tebow, among other teams. It's unclear whether the Jets have actually contacted the Broncos regarding a possible deal. The Jets recently signed Drew Stanton to be their No. 2 quarterback, but at the moment appear willing to at least send out feelers on Tebow.
One current Jet, Antonio Cromartie, doesn't know why the team is bothering to go after Tebow.
We don't need Tebow. We sell out every home game let him go to Jacksonville Tampa or Miami. Our (cont) tl.gd/ghgvjl— Antonio Cromartie (@ACromartie) March 20, 2012
Cromartie's tweet continues
Cromartie also tweeted at Daily News reporter Manish Mehta, who wrote the report,
Drew, is of course, Drew Stanton who was signed March 16.
Next to Los Angeles, New York is probably the greatest place for sports rumors and useless water-cooler talk, and the latest Peyton Manning to the Denver Broncos news has unleashed maybe the greatest "what if" New York spots rumor ever.
With former Broncos' starting quarterback, Tim Tebow, needing possibly a new place to play, there are rumors swirling that the New York Jets could be a possible destination. The intrigue led to insiders asking to the question, and sources are telling ESPNNY.com's Rich Cimini Tebow to New York is a "its a long shot".
Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum has a reputation for exploring just about everything and, after all, a "long shot" doesn’t mean no shot.
However, in Tebow is hoping to return to Florida and play there, says Monica Culpepper, the wife of ex-Florida Gator teammate Brad Culpepper, who had dinner with Tebow last week.
"And in all honesty, Tim said, 'I miss home. I miss the South. And hopefully I'll land somewhere in Florida.' I sure hope Jacksonville takes him because he's such a great kid, such a good player and would be so thrilled to come back to the South."
Meanwhile, Vegas has released the betting odds on Tebow's landing spot and New York is not on the list.
After several visits and meetings to narrow down his long list of suitors, Peyton Manning has made a decision: the four-time MVP quarterback has told his agent, Tom Condon, to begin contract negotiations with the Denver Broncos, according to an ESPN report.
Multiple sources told ESPN that Manning will sign with the Broncos barring an unexpected hiccup in the negotiation process. With Manning committed, the Broncos will now begin to explore the trade market for Tim Tebow, ESPN reports.
An agreement for Manning's contract is not expected to be difficult to reach. Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway began discussing a five-year $95 million contract with Manning and his agent on March 9, during Manning's first visit to Denver.
The Broncos reportedly have few reservations about Manning's health. He took and passed a physical examination with Broncos doctors, and the Broncos were comfortable with the way Manning threw during a workout, despite his admission that he still needs work before his arm is full strength.
Peyton Manning won't be a member of the New York Jets. That, however, does mean Jets -- or New York Giants -- fans should stop caring about what team the future Hall of Fame quarterback decides to play for in 2012.
If Manning winds up in Denver, where he would drive a stake through the heart of Tebow-mania, that would seemingly make the Jets path to -- and thru -- the 2012 playoffs more treacherous. The same could be said if he winds up wth the Miami Dolphins or Tennessee Titans, who are also interested.
If he winds up in Arizona, where Kevin Kolb-mania never really got off the ground, that is bad news for the Giants as the Cardinals are in the NFC. Arizona would be a legitimate threat with a real quarterback. Oh, and Manning to the Cardinals is an issue for the Jets, too, since Gang Green has to be play Arizona in 2012.
So, stay tuned New York football fans.
Though New York Jets did look into the possibility of acquiring Peyton Manning, signing Mark Sanchez to a three-year extension (which means he's now signed for the next five years) takes the organization out of the Manning sweepstakes.
"As everyone knows, when Peyton Manning, a first ballot Hall-of-Famer became available, just like I do every day, and I'm committed to it, we looked into that possibility as someone to add to our team," general manager Mike Tannenbaum said Friday night during a press conference. "We looked at it, we had discussion internally. We've monitored the situation. But as events continued to unfold, we kept pushing the extension with Mark in terms of the negotiations with him and his representatives, and we're really excited where it ended, which is Mark is going to be our starting quarterback and has signed an extension for years to come."
Tannenbaum would not address how seriously the Jets pursued Manning, but said the Jets began discussing an extension with Sanchez's representatives three weeks ago.
"A highly competitive, highly talented person that winning football games is really important," Tannenbaum described Sanchez. "And I don't think it matters who the backup quarterback is. That's Mark's DNA. That's his constitution, and that's why we're excited about him, and that's why we were able to get this extension done."
There's plenty of uncertainty around where Peyton Manning will wind up, however, the Jets are leading contenders for Manning's services. SB Nation has discovered and investigated a future timeline involving the best case case scenario for Peyton's potential future with the Jets.
There's plenty of uncertainty around where Peyton Manning will wind up, however, the Jets are leading contenders for Manning's services. SB Nation has discovered and investigated a future timeline involving the worst case case scenario for Peyton's potential future with the Jets
The Peyton Manning Sweepstakes is in full swing with several NFL teams reportedly interested in the services of the future Hall of Fame quarterback. Where he will end up is still anyone's guess. New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck knows, however, knows one team he does not want to see Manning playing for -- the NFC East rival Washington Redskins.
"There’s gonna be a lot of teams bidding for the services of Peyton Manning. Even with the injury, I think he’s still gonna come back strong and he’s going make whichever team he goes to an instant powerhouse,’’ Tuck told The Associated Press while at Barcelona’s Global Sports Forum on Thursday. "Hopefully he doesn’t come to the NFC East where I’ll have to play him twice a year.’’
The quarterback-needy Redskins have been expected to be among the primary bidders for Manning's services. However, one report indicates that Manning -- who apaprently prefers to stay in the AFC -- may have already ruled out the Redskins.
Per Redskins insider Chris Russell of ESPN 980, the four-time MVP has told the team he will not sign there.
"A couple of different sources inside the organization have told me that Manning's camp made it pretty clear to Redskins officials he doesn't want to come here," Russell said Thursday on SportsCenter.
Here are some of the other Manning stories making news on the second full day of the Manning Sweepstakes.
Imagine a Peyton Manning pro day. It could happen.
The Manning Sweepstakes are underway, but for now the teams who are interested are largely in the dark over his medical condition. Also unclear are Manning’s intentions to eventually work out in public, thus giving teams a chance to verify that he’s completely recovered from four neck surgeries.
Several teams who are interested in Manning told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora they have contacted Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, wanting to see the quarterback throw. But they have received no feedback yet as to whether or not Manning will hold one workout for teams, hold individual workouts, or just make visits.
Trump, in South Beach to hype his $150 million purchase of the Doral Resort, betrayed his pal Woody Johnson’s Jets when he said Thursday he "would love to see" Peyton Manning sign with the Dolphins.
"First of all (Dolphins owner) Steve Ross is a very good friend of mine," Trump bellowed before a roomful of reporters and TV cameras at the WGC Cadillac Championship, where Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy were fighting it out in the first round. "He’s a member of my club in Palm Beach and I think Peyton would be great for Miami. It would be a fantastic thing for this area."
Safety isn't Manning's issue, several spine specialists said. Arm strength is.
Manning's surgically repaired neck will be able to take a hit just fine once the fusion is healed, with the bone actually stronger than others in his neck. Nerves are delicate, however, and only time will tell if they'll recover enough for the 35-year-old four-time NFL MVP to be the quarterback he once was.
"His risk really is very low," said Dr. Robert S. Bray Jr., who has worked with NHL star Sidney Crosby and whose DISC Sports & Spine Center provides medical services for the U.S. Olympic team.
"If I was a team, I'd ask, 'Did (the fusion) heal? Do you have a CAT scan that showed it healed? Is the rest of neck in pretty good shape?"' Bray asked. "If those two answers are yes, then it gets down to, 'OK, get out on the field and show me you can perform,' because it will only get better from here with time."
-- Follow this StoryStream for continued updates on the Manning situation.
Here is what Namath told Bloomberg News:
"The Jets have to get things together on their own turf before someone with his background would be interested in coming."
Namath, of course, is one of the few players positioned to understand what Manning is going through. Namath led the Jets to their only Super Bowl and built his Hall of Fame resume in New York, but left the team for his final season, heading to the Los Angeles Rams. He appeared in only four games for the Rams in 1977.
Jimmy Johnson: Miami 'Perfect' for Peyton
Everything points to Manning signing with Miami..both sides want it..perfect fit!— Jimmy Johnson (@JimmyJohnson) March 8, 2012
The Inter-Google is aflame with Peyton Manning stories. Peyton, Peyton, Peyton! It’s Peyton-sanity! Let’s look at some of what is floating around on the Manning rumor mill this Thursday afternoon.
- ESPN’s Adam Schefter says little NFL birdies from inside Manning’s camp are telling him that Peyton prefers his place to be in the AFC — although he won’t rule out the NFC. That could increase the New York Jets’ chances of landing Manning, and would also be good news for the New York Giants. The Giants, of course, will have to face Manning twice per season if he ends up with the Washington Redskins.
- Pro Football Talk wonders when — or if — Manning will throw for NFC teams. How well Manning can chuck the pigskin is, of course, the big question after three neck surgeires.
- Shutdown Corner says Manning could solve a lot of problems (cough, cough Tebow-Mania) for John Elway and the Denver Broncos
With a possible chance of upgrading their position at quarterback via signing free agent Peyton Manning, the New York Jets need to figure out how to deal with incumbent signal-caller Mark Sanchez. Now, the Jets are a long-shot to sign Manning but if they do, former Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson says Sanchez would probably need to go.
"In my opinion, I don't know if he would handle it well," soon-to-be-free-agent RB LaDainian Tomlinson speculated regarding Sanchez's reaction to the potential acquisition of Manning during an NFL Network appearance on Wednesday.
"I think he would probably go in and maybe ask to be released because here is Mark Sanchez's gripe: 'I took you guys to two straight AFC Championship Games; yeah I didn't get it done last year, but my first and second year I took you to two AFC Championship Games. How can you turn around and just bring in another quarterback right now?'
Earlier on Monday, it was reported that the Jets have called Manning to see if he's interested in joining their franchise. Manning has said he does not know who or where he would like to go yet.
The New York Jets were reportedly among the NFL teams who reached out to free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning Tuesday. The Daily News reported that the Jets are trying to find out if Manning is interested in coming to New York to play for them.
The Jets have lots of company. Twelve teams reportedly contacted Manning’s representatives Wednesday.
“I have no idea who wants me, what team wants me, how this process works,” Manning told a group of reporters in South Florida, where he has a home and flew after the news conference. “I don’t know if it’s like college recruiting where you go take visits. I mean, this is all so new to me.”
The Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins are expected to be among the teams who will be most aggressive in their pursuit of Manning, who will be 36 next season.
— See Gang Green Nation for more discussion and analysis of the Jets
If the New York Jets do -- properly -- decide to go 'All In' and join the pursuit of Peyton Manning, they will have plenty of competition. Via The National Football Post, the folks at Pregame.com are giving the Jets an 8.5 percent chance of landing the future Hall of Famer. The favorite? Pregame lists the Arizona Cardinals with as having a 17.5 percent chance.
Let's look at some of the contenders, using Pregame's odds and my thoughts each potential location.
In the end, I think there are three obvious contenders -- the Jets, Dolphins and Redskins. The Texans, 49ers and Broncos all make sense to me -- I just don't know if any of those three will be willing to roll the dice here.
Now that Manning, who turns 36 later this month, is going to be officially up for grabs, will the New York Jets try to sign him? Manning missed the entire 2011 season after undergoing his third neck surgery in 19 months. The four-time NFL MVP has began throwing again recently and fully intends on continuing his playing career, though opinions in the media vary as to whether Manning to the Jets makes sense.
Complicating the issue for the Jets is that quarterback Mark Sanchez is still under contract for the next two seasons. The front office has publicly said Sanchez is their guy, albeit while also saying they will look into every opportunity to get better.
Another day, another ‘expert’ opinion on where Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning could end up when he and the Colts inevitably part ways. Thursday, NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora said Manning to the New York Jets was not “very realistic.” Well, former NFL coach and current FOX analyst Brian Billick thinks the Jets are one of only three teams that make sense for Manning.
The New York Jets make sense simply because of Rex Ryan’s willingness to do anything to win. Even with the recent hire of Tony Sparano as offensive coordinator and the thought that he would bring a toughness and focus to the run game, I wouldn’t be surprised if Ryan pulled an entire 180 and rented Manning for three years.
In the city of New York, where the Jets and Giants are always fighting for bragging rights, this would give Ryan the prime opportunity to steal the spotlight from the Giants after their Super Bowl championship and give Jets fans hope for near-term success.
The other teams on Billick’s short list? The Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs.
If Jason LaCanfora is right, New York Jets fans might want to start warming up to the idea of Mark Sanchez and Chad Henne dueling for the team’s starting quarterback job. That is because the NFL Network’s LaCanfora reported today that Manning to the Jets is not “very realistic at all.”
“Talking to general managers and other people around the league, they don’t think Tom Condon, Peyton’s agent, will ultimately put him with the Jets. You would have the situation with him and (Eli Manning), and there’s already that rivalry there. You have the tabloid culture in New York. You have a team that slipped, the running game wasn’t there. …
“You don’t have a lot of playmakers there right now. The defense slipped. And there will be other options, probably, that make more sense for Peyton Manning. I don’t see it happening.”
Sorry, Jets fans. Looks like another season of hoping Sanchez improves, or simply settling for mediocre quarterback play.
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said about Manning
"First off, Peyton is under contract with a different team so I can't talk about him specifically," Ryan said at his news conference at the NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. "But with our organization, we will look at everyone. There is a list of 10 free-agent quarterbacks that I have looked at and the draft guys that I have looked at."
Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said that the team will take every chance to get better despite saying numerous times that Mark Sanchez is his quarterback.
"We believe in Mark," Tannenbaum said. "I think he is going to continue being a winning NFL quarterback that has started and won a lot of games for the Jets and we are excited that he is here. But with that said, just philosophically, my general approach is when there are opportunities for the team, I have a fiduciary duty to the team to look into it. The day I got hired I meant what I said, every rock, every day. We look at every opportunity every day to get better."
Count ESPN expert and former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski among those who think the New York Jets should sign Peyton Manning if the soon-to-be former Indianapolis Colts quarterback is physically able to play.
Jaworski, recently removed from the ESPN 'Monday Night Football' broadcast booth, said the Jets are the best fit for Manning. From USA Today:
"I think it's best for Peyton to go and play on a team that can compete for a Super Bowl, a team that might be a quarterback away from elevating that team to Super Bowl status, and I think that would be a win-win situation."
And who might that would-be Super Bowl team that best fits Manning be?
"The New York Jets," opined Jaworski. "I love (Jets QB) Mark Sanchez, and there are 25 other quarterbacks in this league that I would take Peyton Manning over. (But) there's a turf war in New York. The Giants just won the Super Bowl. The Jets are fighting for every inch of space they can get in the newspaper. How do you get that inch? How do you get the headlines? You sign Peyton Manning."
I wrote weeks ago that the Jets would be foolish not to investigate bringing in Manning. If he is healthy enough to play I still feel that way. Manning, if he is close to the Manning of old, gives the Jets a better shot at that Super Bowl coach Rex Ryan wants so badly. Despite whatever the Jets organization says about Sanchez that fact alone make pursuing Manning the right move.
Troubling news has surfaced regarding Peyton Manning and his attempt to return to NFL action after missing the 2011 season with serious neck issues. SI.com's Don Banks reported Wednesday that Manning has undergone four procedures on his neck in the last two years -- not three in the last year, which is what had previously been reported.
There is also this from Banks:
... league sources say Manning's neck has potentially developed bone spurs just above the point where his latest fusion surgery took place in early September, and the Colts organization is under the belief that it is nearly inevitable Manning will at some point require further surgery, and possibly another fusion procedure, even if he does successfully return to the field in 2012.
It is widely believed that Manning will be released by the Indianapolis Colts some time before a $28 million roster bonus is due next month. The New York Jets have been considered a potential landing spot -- if Manning is ever to play again
Will Peyton Manning succeed with his new team? History says he won't nnjoy the same success as he did in Indianapolis.
Peyton Manning has been cleared to play NFL football by doctors. Apparently, there is still a question about whether or not he actually can, and the Indianapolis Colts are among those asking it.
“Having been in the NFL for more than 20 years, I know this: Being cleared to resume your career and being actually able to play are two entirely different components,” [NFL Network’s Michael] Lombardi told “Super Bowl Live.”
Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted early Friday morning: “Peyton has not passed our physical nor has he been cleared to play for The Indianapolis Colts. Team statement coming on Friday.”
So, the Peyton Watch continues.
Manning had three neck surgeries within the last year and the primary concern still appears to be whether or not nerves will regenerate enough to give him the arm strength to throw the way he needs to.
Manning is due a $28 million roster bonus from the Colts on March 8.
Now that Peyton Manning has officially been cleared to return to football, let’s crank up the rumor machine to full blast. It seems pretty clear that Manning and the Indianapolis Colts are headed for a divorce. Could Manning land with the New York Jets, turning New York into a two-Manning town?
The Jets have continued to insist publicly that Mark Sanchez will be their 2012 starting quarterback. Will the chance to woo Manning to the big city, though, make the Jets reconsider? You wonder if the Giants being in the Super Bowl, especially if they win it, will make the Jets more anxious to make a splashy move like bringing in Manning.
According to ESPN, a trade of Manning by the Colts won’t happen. They will either pick up his $28 million option this March or cut him loose.
If they cut him loose the Jets, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals could be among the interested teams.
A word of caution to New York Jets fans pining for Peyton Manning to become the team's quarterback. Don't get your hopes up too much just yet -- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay says the future Hall of Famer "hasn't been released nor was a decision reached weeks ago."
Irsay was responding to a story by Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network that a decision by the Colts to move on without Manning had been made "weeks ago."
Manning is due a $28 million roster bonus in March, but LaCanfora reported that Manning is likely to be an ex-Colt prior to the NFL Scouting Combine.
There has been much speculation about Manning, who will be 36 next season, replacing Mark Sanchez as the Jets quarterback. Of course it remains to be seen whether or not Manning, who had three neck surgeries within the past year, will be healthy enough to resume his career.
While the back-and-forth drama continues in Indianapolis between quarterback Peyton Manning and Colts' owner Jim Irsay, the New York Jets organization is just sitting and waiting to see how it plays out. However, if the situation in Indy leads to Manning becoming a free agent or a trading-block piece, former Jets' running back Curtis Martin told ESPNNY.com, at his Hall of Fame finalist ceremony Saturday, he'd be very interested in signing the future Hall of Famer if he was the Jets owner.
"That’s a great opportunity," said the Hall of Fame finalist Saturday in an interview with ESPNNewYork.com. "I’m not saying anything against Mark Sanchez, but Peyton Manning … I have a lot of respect for the guy. I played against him for a number of years. I wouldn’t care who was on my team -- if Peyton Manning was available, I would go after him.
"I’m very bullish on taking that chance," said Martin. "I don’t care if he’s 38, 36, whatever, I would be interested in taking that chance. At 35, 36, I’m definitely interested.
"You’re literally talking about one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game," he continued. "Him having a year off, the type of competitor Peyton Manning is, I think he’s going to come back and surprise everyone and be even stronger -- if he can come back."
During a conference call with season ticket holders on Friday, New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said Mark Sanchez would remain the team's starting quarterback in 2012.
"Mark will be our starter," he said.
Sanchez has come under siege for what is seen as a lack of improvement during his three years under center. The Jets limped to an 8-8 record, missing the postseason, and Sanchez made just small strides toward developing into the franchise quarterback many envisioned when the Jets drafted him.
He finished the season with a career-high 26 touchdowns compared to 18 interceptions, but his completion percentage (56.7) remained significantly lower than that of the elite quarterbacks. A New York Daily News report cited anonymous teammates ripping into Sanchez, but many in the Jets organization have since come to the quarterback's defense.
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