Diminishing Returns by Marc “Razz” Rasbury

Most NFL teams go out of their way to avoid a quarterback controversy. However that is not the case with our beloved New York Jets. The Jets
moved Heaven and earth to obtain Mark Sanchez. Then they flirted with
the temptation of going after Peyton Manning. Now they go out and
bring in Tim Tebow, the most highly visible athlete walking the earth,
to BACK UP an already fragile-minded Sanchez. Don’t get me wrong, I
believe that Tebow is a unique talent and he can help teams in so many
ways. However, in this case, I believe the gains are not worth the
pains that this move presents.

Three years ago, the Jets gave up two high draft choices in order to
move up in the draft so that they could select Sanchez. They handed
him the keys to the car and pinned their Super Bowl aspirations on his
rookie year. Sanchez rewarded the franchise with two straight trips to
the AFC Championship game and had his best statistical season during
his third campaign. Yes, it has been a roller coaster ride but there
have been more peaks than valleys. Some might feel that Sanchez took a
step backwards last year, but I’m of the opinion that the franchise
took a few steps back over the past few seasons.

During his rookie campaign, Sanchez had the backing of a strong
running game anchored by Alan Faneca and Thomas Jones. Both of them
were jettisoned out of the Big Apple. Then the Jets replaced Braylon
Edwards with Plaxico Burress. Burress did help them with their red
zone woes but did not stretch the field like Edwards did. So the
Jets’ best laid plans did not help their young quarterback. So if
those moves did not help Sanchez, do you really think that bringing in
Tebow is going to help the incumbent signal caller’s cause?

Do you think that Tebow came here to back up Sanchez or become a
specialty or situational player? I don’t think so. It would be a
different story if Tebow was a better quarterback than Sanchez but he
is not. Tebow can’t read defensives or throw with accuracy. This is
not to say that Sanchez is on par with Tom Brady or Aaron Rogers, but
he is well ahead of Tebow at this respective stage of their careers.
When I watch Tebow under center, the wishbone offense, leather helmets
and old black and white films come to mind. Yes, the Jets needed to
bring in someone that could push Sanchez, but Tebow is not the one.

Tebow brings more than his competitive nature and unique skill sets to
the Jets organization. He also brings a media and popularity world
wind unlike any we have ever seen. He is not even a starter and his
introduction press conference brought in over 250 members of the
media. I have attended Major League Baseball playoff games that did
not have that many media members. So if that was his introductory
press conference, what do think is going to happen opening day?

Tebow will bring more attention to the organization. He will put more
fans in the seats and sell more jerseys. He is everything that Jets
owner Woody Johnson could ever hope for. He will not only keep them on
the back pages of the tabloids, but on Page Six and the society pages
as well. He also brings in the fringe fans. My major concern is that
the Jets organization will cave into the popularity pressure to play
Tebow if Sanchez yields a few three-and-outs in row. Those fringe fans
scare me. You have the Good Reverend Pat Robinson making statements
like he hopes Peyton Manning suffers a debilitating injury in Denver
because he replaced Tebow. That is the kind of sentiment this kid
brings. It is no fault of his own but that is the reality of the
situation.

After all the Jets have invested in Sanchez over the past three years,
it will be a shame to give up on him now, especially in this manner.
Remember, some people were ready to run Eli Manning out of town after
his third year and look how he turned out. If Sanchez does not pan
out over the next two years, then it is time to turn the page and move
on. But Tebow is not the answer. If you
think Santonio Holmes was heated with some of the passes that Sanchez
threw his way last season, what do you think is going to happen when
Tebow short hops a couple tosses his way?

This is a bad fit for the Jets. I don’t care what they say, this was
not a good football move. It might sell PSLs and jerseys but it is
not going to help the football team. Even if you take the Jets at
their word, taking plays away from Sanchez in games and snaps in
practice is not going to help his cause. And if he does not pan out,
replacing him with Tebow time will not help the cause. You can not ask
the defense to hold teams like the Patriots to under 15 points every
time they play them because of the close-to-the-vest offense you would
have to run with Tebow calling the shots.

I hope that I’m wrong on this. I do like Tebow, especially meeting him
after his senior year at Florida. He is a great kid, but he is not
that good of a quarterback to be successful in the NFL long. The Jets
might not agree with my assessment and I hope that they are right. But
I don’t have the warm and fuzzies about this. Only time will tell. In
the mean time, Welcome to the Big Apple
Circus!

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The Razz and Jazz Sports Blog was created by Marc "Razz" Rasbury and Derrel "Jazz" Johnson to create fresh opinions on New York Sports and beyond from two credentialed members of the media.
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3 Responses to Diminishing Returns by Marc “Razz” Rasbury

  1. J-Dub says:

    It’s time to realize the Tebow trade may represent the point in time at which performance on the field was eclipsed by sheer star power.

    Think about it. Whether or not anybody wants to admit this, Tim Tebow is the biggest star in the NFL. I’m not saying he’s the best player, but he is the guy who draws the most media attention. This guy has led the league in jersey sales, and you tell me how many other “back-up” quarterbacks get to hold press conferences? I can’t help but think it is not a coincidence that the league’s biggest star just landed in the country’s biggest media market.

  2. The New York media will find a way to merge Linsanity and Tebowmania into one word.

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