“WE WANT TEBOW! (clap clap clapclapclap) WE WANT TEBOW!”
You can almost hear the Meadowlands erupting into these chants during the first signs of Mark Sanchez struggling during the 2012 Jets home opener. The Jets traded their 4th and 6th round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft to Denver for quarterback Tim Tebow today, in a move that will certainly start a quarterback controversy in the Big Apple. I understand the Jets want to push Sanchez, but how long will it be until The New York Post is demanding more snaps for Tebow? How long will it be until the emotionally fragile Sanchez hears the chants and senses the whispers? Will Sanchez demand a trade? If so, Seattle coach Pete Carroll must be kicking himself for not offering the Jets a package for him before signing Matt Flynn to be his starting quarterback.
I’m sure Jets head coach Rex Ryan will say all of the right things, “We hired the master of the wildcat offense, Tony Sparano, this offseason. We think Tebow will help our offense in certain situations and in sub-packages. Mark Sanchez is our quarterback.”
Hey Rex, I’ve got news for you, this is New York City. If Sanchez does not make a huge leap forward, if the team gets off to a slow start, if anything goes wrong at all, “WE WANT TEBOW!” No matter what you say, and no matter how much you deny it, you now have a quarterback controversy on your hands.
When Tebow started at quarterback of the Denver Broncos last season (11 games) the team went 7-4 and won the AFC West. Tebow lead the team to several incredible comeback wins, including one on a Thursday night against the Jets. Denver then upset the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the playoffs before eventually losing to the AFC Champion Patriots.
Tim Tebow may not look the part, but he has won at every level, and that is a fact.
The Jets can say whatever they want, but like it or not, they have a quarterback controversy on their hands. The pressure is now higher on Sanchez than any player I can remember, because the second he slips up at all, the New York Media Machine will start calling for Tebow. Can Sanchez handle the pressure? We are about to find out.
NOTE: I’m a Giants fan. This is my initial reaction to the Tebow news. I root for good New York teams and champions. For a Jets fan’s take, see CoreFour’s post below. The Jets can take the New York Post back cover and the Giants will keep bringing home Lombardi Trophies for you to hide under blankets during home games.