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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Quick reaction: Tebow circus moves to New York

When people were saying that the Jets needed to bring in competition for Mark Sanchez in the off-season I’m pretty sure this wasn’t what they envisioned.

Today the Jets traded a 4th and 6th round pick to Denver for their now backup QB Tim Tebow and a 7th round selection.

To compound matters only 10 days ago the Jets gave a mind-boggling 3 year, $40.5 million extension despite below-average play for the majority of his time in New York.

So what exactly is the plan here? Sit Tebow on the bench to sell jerseys? The whole “coach him up to be your starter in a few years” idea is out the window as it would seem they’re fully behind Sanchez for the long term now.

Do they perhaps re-introduce the Brad Smith-led wildcat package they ran a few years ago with mild success? Could they work Tebow into a short yardage back to compliment and spell Shonn Greene maybe?
Whatever the plan is, what’s clear is that the media circus around Tebow will only intensify in the New York spotlight. The fan base was getting restless with Sanchez last year, and after all the hype around Tebow’s play and Denver’s run to the play-offs I can easily see pre-season demands that Tebow gets a fair chance to throw passes roughly in the direction of Santonio Holmes.

The other question is how Tebow and his clean cut personality will fit into one of the loosest and most fractured locker rooms in the NFL. He could well be a glavanizing figure and pull everyone together in the common cause. But just as easily his personality, which plenty see as “Holier than thou” as opposed to humble, could well annoy and alienate some. After all, how will Tebow’s “no sex before marriage” beliefs balance with Antonio Cromartie’s 9 children with 8 women? 

Cromartie has already tweeted out: “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.” So it’s clear this isn’t a universally popular move in the locker room.

Whatever happens it’s clear that more eyes than ever will be on the Jets during the 2012 season.

          -     Toby Durant (@TDonSport)
          -     The Pulling Linemen

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