It took a little longer than I thought but the New York Jets are finally talking about Tim Tebow at the level most folks expected long before now. Come on, does anyone think the New York Jets are or were going to win with Mark Sanchez? He has been extremely average at best in recent years and has been at or near the bottom in passer ratings all year long. But the Jets are not talking about Tebow in a positive light. Anonymous teammates have been quoted this week in the New York Daily News as saying they have no faith in Tebow and that he is at best just an “athlete.” At worst some are referring to him as “terrible.” Yet they are sticking by Mark Sanchez whose actual record indicates he is anything but a winner. The Jets sit at 3 and 6 and their season is basically over. They are one of those teams in the NFL that are already playing to get better for next year. At least that is what teams with 3 and 6 records consistently tell themselves.
So why did the Jets bring in Tebow? Rex Ryan is reported to have not wanted him. Joe Namath beats on him at every chance. Maybe it was the publicity of the moment? I don’t know and it appears the Jets are not interested in using him for anything other than at the Wildcat option. And even Mark Sanchez is becoming visibly upset on the sideline when Tebow comes in at that position. Perhaps that question will never be answered.
One thing I do know for sure though folks. Everywhere Tim Tebow has went he has won. There is no denying that. Indeed, he has won more awards AND championships than almost all of the guys he is playing with on the Jets ever have or will. Tebow won two, count them, two National Championships in college. Add in winner of the Heisman Trophy, of which he almost won twice, and there’s no wonder Tebow continues to smile regardless of his situation. He even won in Denver and ultimately embarrassed the entire Steeler nation in the process. I would submit that if he never played another down he has accomplished more than most ever will in this sport.
Will Tim Tebow ever get a shot at starter again? I do not know. I do have a pretty good feeling that if he does he will probably win again. I also know that at the end of the day, the Jets may just wish Mark Sanchez had never played in New York way more than they wish Tim Tebow had not. Just a hunch.