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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.



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Mar. 21st, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
I don't follow the NFL, but I am a keen follower of Australia's equivalent in Australian Rules Football, and I share your bewilderment at times when the team I follow make a move I, in my personal judgement, deem to be totally incomprehensible. I'm still getting over the pain of giving up pick 19 for a player some years ago. The guy was no good when they picked him up, he remained no good and has since been cut from the list. I weep when I look at what the team who received the pick did with it.
Mar. 24th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
What, you didn't like Jordan McMahon?
Would have preferred a little Callan Ward in your yellow and black diet?

Of course, I may have picked your team wrong - but me thinks not!
Mar. 21st, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
Only the Jets...
Could trade for Tebow and forget to read the contract (a small detail of a $5 million payment back to Denver upon the trade). In this case, maybe their screw-up is for the best - the Jets may be saved from themselves if they void the trade.
Mar. 21st, 2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
Massive mistake.
Any chance you could knock out books 6 and 7 over the summer so I'll have something to occupy myself with while Tebow is taking snaps this fall? Tough day to be a Jets fan!
Mar. 21st, 2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
In listening this morning to Siriusxm NFL Radio, Adam Schein and Rich Gannon agreed that the JETS were the perfect team for Tebow. He will be there for the wildcat offense, which he can probably run to more effect than most QBs, he can be a legitimate running threat out of the backfield and can throw the ball. He can also be a good, hard working disciplined influence on the circus they have there. So this may not be as bad as you think.
Mar. 21st, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
Mar. 21st, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)

Yeah. I think Woody Johnson is now officially the worst NY Metro sports franchise owner.

The contract or rather not reading the contract fiasco before announcing the trade have made the Jets organization a joke. Good luck to them in attracting quality players who value professionalism.
Mar. 21st, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
My entire office was laughing out loud today. What are the Jets thinking?!?! This might be worse than the Washington trade....

My Lions are looking good though :-) Unfortunately we do not play either NY team this year.
Mar. 21st, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
i hate to post an off-topic comment but...
I've just finished A Dance With Dragons and wanted to make a little shout-out to you, Mr. Martin: THANK YOU! Oh, how fantastic these 5 months in Westeros have been for me! I'm eagerly awaiting more work from you... and GOT season 2, woohooo!

As a side note, thank you for Theon's character - what a journey it has been for him... Beautiful, truly amazing character development!

Greetings from Poland :)
Mar. 21st, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
Peyton screwed everything up. He should have gone to the Niners (and I honestly don't know why he would choose the Broncos instead, where he'll have to listen to a constant stream of complaints from people who wanted Tebow). If he had then we could have finally been rid of Alex Smith, you wouldn't have Tebow inflicted on you, and the Denver fans could get what they want/deserve.
Walker Dollahon
Mar. 21st, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
Tebow as the "Young Wolf"
Seriously, I am surprised at GRRM's venom against Tebow, the classic, odd-ball underdog with heart. Couldn't you see Tebow as an interesting character in one of Martin's novels??
Tanto Ten
Mar. 22nd, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
Re: Tebow as the "Young Wolf"
Just what I was thinking...Sign him up for Bonifer´s Holy Hundred!!!
Re: Tebow as the "Young Wolf" - CwjMckay - Mar. 22nd, 2012 01:52 am (UTC) - Expand
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.
Mar. 21st, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
Tebow's Hot
...I'm just say'n
Mar. 21st, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
Tebow jerseys spotted!
Katie Canter
Mar. 22nd, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Love it
I have been reading your books and love your writing, however after reading this blog I have to say that you now have a life long loyal fan. I have long said that Tebow is not the great quarterback people proclaim him to be and am thankful that my beloved Bengals did not pick him up (there is finally a positive in Mike Brown's cheapskate ways).

Mar. 22nd, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Love it
Hey fellow Ohioan! Fair weathered Browns fan here...as futile as it may be. :(.. The weather is never fair, save those last few days of "winter". WT...?

Can the winds be changing? Is there hope after all? Only time will tell. ;)

Still I am preparing for a stupid hot summer.
Re: Love it - Katie Canter - Mar. 26th, 2012 10:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
Michael Vella
Mar. 22nd, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
Tebow N the Wild Cat
Tony Sparano and Tebow working together is going to be really exciting if they can work out the trade. A 4th and 6th round pick for a former first round pick college stud, common thats a steal.
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