FACTS: Timmy the Tebow was acquired via trade with the Denver Broncos for a 4th round and a 6th round draft pick and $2.5M. The supposed reasoning for the acquisition was that Timmy the Tebow is believed to be a dynamic football player that could be a dynamic element to the wildcat package. Rex Ryan has stated that the Jets plan to utilize Timmy the Tebow, but was coy with regard to the amount he will be utilized, stating that teams will have to be prepared to face him and that he could see as little as 1 snap or possibly as many as 20 snaps during the course of a game. Mike Tannenbaum is on the record as having stated that if the offense stalls under Mark Sanchez and successive 3 & outs, Timmy the Tebow would enter the game to run the wildcat package. Timmy the Tebow arrived to NY with a lot of fan fare. The Jets required that Timmy the Tebow announce his arrival officially via press conference at the Field House at Met Life Stadium. The press conference was reportedly the largest press conference in Jets history, with over 200 members of the media in attendance.
So what does all this mean? What can we gleen from these facts? What do they tell us? Well, to me, its pretty obvious that Timmy the Tebow is going to play. The Jets traded two picks and spent two and a half million bucks to get him here. They describe him as being dynamic and are designing a wildcat package to implement on his behalf. And they made a ton of noise about him being here. There is no way in hell that the Tebow is not playing. They invested too much and made too big of a deal about it for them not to put Timmy on the field. In fact, they invested too much and made it too big of a deal for him to not only play, but to play successfully.
Lets face it, if Timmy doesn't play or if he plays poorly, then Rex and Tanny and Woody are going to look like giant jackasses. He HAS to play, and he HAS to play well. They have to justify their actions here. Tebow HAS to be dynamic. So they are going to play him. They are going to play him until he's successful. And if/when he's succesful and productive, they're gonna play him some more. Regardless of how well Mark is playing, Timmy is going to trot out there and play. He's gonna get to slam a few into the line until he pops one. And when he pops one, he's gonna slam a few more until he pops another one.
The next question is: what does this mean for Sanchez? I gotta say it doesn't look too good to me. It seems to me that the front office is invested in Sanchez' failure. Think about it... If Mark has a big year and is doing so well that they can't play Timmy, then Rex and Tanny and Woody look really stupid for bringing Timmy the Tebow in when those resources could have been allocated elsewhere. It looks bad for the FO if Mark does too well. They need Mark to play well enough not to lose, but not good enough to keep Timmy off the field. The better Timmy does, the smarter the front office looks for making the trade.
Oh yeah, again, just so we're clear... I DO NOT LIKE THIS TRADE.