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No, No, No

I was drinking my morning coffee when the headline flashed across the bottom of the screen. That sound you heard was me choking and sputtering.

My Jets have given up two perfectly good draft picks for Tim Tebow, the worst quarterback in the National Football League.


What the hell are they thinking over there at Gang Green central?

Mark Sanchez is not, as yet, Eli Manning, but he is a talented quarterback with a good arm and he completes more than fifty per cent of his passes, none of which can be said for Tebow. The last thing he needs is a stadium full of Timomaniacs screaming for Tebow every time a pass falls incomplete. The divisions in the Jets locker room last season were well documented. THis is just going to make those problems a thousand times worse.

Nor do I think that Tebow's conspicuous piety will play well in the Big Apple. This is the city that once embraced Broadway Joe. Tebow would fit better in... well, if Branson, Missouri had an NFL team, that would be a perfect fit.



Mar. 21st, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
Trade hits a snag
I just read that the trade might be overturned because of salary implications.

If the trade does go through, though, I think the Jets need to spell out a very defined roll for Tebow that utilizes his running ability. They need to say that Sanchez is the starter, no matter what, and that Tebow will be used as a change-of-pace player. The wildcat -- which the Jets used when they had Brad Smith on the roster -- is the obvious example. There's no denying that Tebow is a serious headache for defensive coordinators in the red zone. If Tebow lines up as an H-back and gets the pitch from Sanchez, rolls left and has the option to run or pass, well, I'd hate to be on the defensive side of the ball (mostly because I'm 5-10, 165 pounds and too old).

But if the Jets bring him in as merely a backup quarterback without saying outright that Sanchez is the starter, then the first bad game Sanchez has the fans will be calling for a switch. And that would be downright silly since the Jets just invested $20 million guaranteed in Sanchez.

I think Tebow has a lot of value as a football player -- the guy is big, physical, smart and can run. He just can't pass like a traditional QB. If he went to a team like Steelers, Packers or even my Chargers, he could be a great fit as an offensive weapon while also mentoring under an established, traditional quarterback. And if Tebow went to the Chargers, the sight of him "Tebowing" on the sidelines next to backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst (aka "Clipboard Jesus" because of his flowing locks and beard) would be priceless.


George R.R. Martin
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