As we all know, whether we like it or not, Tim Tebow is officially a Member of the New York Jets. Now I wanted to write a post on here real badly but I allowed myself a full day so that I could really reflect on the whole situation. Well now I've finally got my thoughts on the the whole situation and I'm ready to share them with GGN.
Tim Tebow has got to be the most polarizing figure that there has ever been in the NFL. You either thought that Tebow was actually a good QB or you thought that he wasn't. And at the end of the day you could never convince the other side because you could make significant points to argue either case. Well let me start off by saying I was one of the people that truly believed that Tebow was very far from an NFL starting QB. To me you can't play QB if you can't accurately throw the Football from the pocket. The athletic ability and the running ability is great but sooner or later defenses will figure you out.
Now although I have my doubts about Tebow the passer, rightfully so, I can't deny Tebow the Football Player. When ever I watched Denver games everything Tebow did was unconventional and flat out atrocious, but I could never deny his competitiveness. Tebow has that fiery spirit that is contagious through out an entire football team.
Now all in all how do I feel about the move? Well this move has its Pros and Cons, as does every decision. So first let me start with the Pros. First off a majority of us have been on here banging the proverbial table for a back-up QB capable of pushing Sanchez.. All of us knew that Stanton was not going to be that guy. In addition to that if Sanchez goes down we have a back-up who has proven he can win games, something we haven't had at any point during Sanchez's career. Secondly we get a guy that is a really good football player, he has a skill set and a toughness that we have never seen from a QB before. If he is willing to play in other roles then it would allow us to maximize his abilities not as a QB but as a football player. Also he brings a spark to the team and plays with such emotion the rest of the team can't help but be captivated by it. Also every game we play in the State of Florida will have the feel of a Jets home game.
Now for the cons. I don't want to sound picky here, but I was one of the guys that wanted a backup in here to push Sanchez but Tebow is not your ordinary backup QB. Tebow comes with his own fan base that will go to great lengths to see him play. In Denver they went as far as to buy a billboard calling for Tebow to be the starter. Tebow started out the year as low as #4 on the depth chart but somehow leapfrogged Adam Weber and Brady Quinn to become the #2 QB by week 5, just in time to earn his shot after Kyle Orton's early struggles. Now these Tebowmaniacs could cause the same uproar just to see Sanchez unseated by Tebow. Secondly we gave up a 4th round pick on a team with holes at OLB, RT, S, WR, ILB and you could also argue needs at TE and HB (Shonn Greene and Dustin Keller are both entering contract years.) for a player that is only going to be a part-time player and might be more trouble than he is worth. Also having Tebow as our Wildcat QB forces us to activate our #3 QB because Sanchez and Tebow will both be seeing the field which makes them both likely to get hurt. This may not seem like much but this takes the place of another player on the gameday roster.
Now to put this all in perspective. I feel that if the coaching staff uses Tebow the right way getting the most out of his abilities as a football player this will turn out alright. What I mean by this is yes occasionally lining up in the Wildcat. Also it would be good if they moved Tebow around the offensive formation so that defenses are always guessing, i.e RB, TE and obviously QB. Imagine the look on the faces of defenders when Tebow lines up next to Sanchez in the backfield and either takes a handoff, runs a route, or pass blocks. Also using Tebow on special teams, especially as the personal protector on Punt Team just as Brad Smith used to do. This can allow us to run different types of fakes, and I have no doubt that Tebow can run downfield and make a tackle. I think the most effective way to use Tebow is to use him in a variety of roles. Also we now have a backup QB capable of winning games if something serious were to happen to Sanchez. This could whole thing could really work out in our favor. But unfortunately this thing could really blow up in the faces of Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum. The moment Sanchez has one bad game (thats an understatement, more like one bad throw) the Tebowmaniacs will be chanting Tebow's name. We don't know how this will affect Sanchez and we don't know how the coaches will react to this. It could cause them to bench Sanchez at the request of the fans and if defenses figure Tebow out we are screwed and we've slowed down Sanchez's development even more. I think Rex is a strong enough personality to tune out the fans and stick to his plan. He has said multiple times that it is going to be him and Sanchez til the end. Also maybe Sanchez is protected by his newly signed contract extension. All in all this thing could really work out in our favor if Rex and the staff stick to their plan for Tebow and he embraces his role that is laid out for him. But if in anyway the Jets mismanage this extremely delicate situation we could be screwed and Rex and Mike T could be looking for new jobs next year.