And boom goes the dynamite.
Tim Tebow has reportedly been traded to the Jets, with the Broncos receiving fourth- and sixth-round picks in April’s draft, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.
Quoting yourself in a blog post is one of the most pretentious, self-aggrandizing acts in the entire blog kingdom. But since I touched on Tebow’s outlook with the Jets just a few hours ago, please indulge me, and re-read material that’s now much, much more than just a rant based on speculation.
Tebow would be utilized as a wildcat weapon in New York, a trick new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano is quite fond of and uses frequently. He’d be Ronnie Brown, just much bigger, and even Tebow can throw better than a running back. He’d be cheap too, and he’s young, meaning there’s plenty of time for him to develop.
It’s difficult to really see the drawback of acquiring Tebow for the Jets, but with Tebow, it’s difficult to see anything. His polarizing effect is blinding, and many are concerned that the lack of confidence in Sanchez among the fan base combined with the presence of Tebow could create too much pressure for a quarterback who wilted under the weight of a feather last year.
So in short, the same people who create said pressure are afraid that their knee jerking will destroy Sanchez.
I fully understand the hesitancy about the wild jungle circus that’s about to assemble in Gotham. The moment Tebow sets foot in New York, there will be hidden cameras planted in his bedroom, and several tracking devices in his shoes. There will be a task force assigned to him, and a department in every New York newspaper that actually calls itself a newspaper (*looks at today’s New York Post headlines, sees “Tim eyes Dianna downfield,” places palm on forehead*).
And that’s all wonderful, but won’t it just be only mildly more ridiculous than every other day in New York? So what if poor Mark Sanchez has to fear little Timmy now. Realistically, even before this trade one bad game by Sanchez in Week 1 would have led to calls for his dismissal from the team, city, and country. Tebow may make those yells a little louder, but the atmosphere of anticipating failure already exists.
Sanchez is the Jets quarterback next year, regardless of how many interceptions he throws, or how timid and wayward he becomes in the pocket. Why? There are 20.5 million reasons why, and they all have monetary value that’s guaranteed over the next two years of the contract he signed just two weeks ago.
Tebow will indeed become Tony Sparano’s new toy in his wildcat formations, functioning as another Ronnie Brown, and providing a much needed dose of strength and power in the backfield for a running game that ranked 22nd in 2011 and averaged just 105.8 yards per game.
The wildcat was a fad that faded quicker than Pogs, but for a brief time it was successful under Sparano’s watch during the 2008 season when Miami went 11-5 and won the AFC East. You’ll recall that as the season when a noodle-armed Chad Pennington was named the comeback player of the year, even though the offense was essentially run by Ronnie Brown and his wildcat running, and sometimes passing.
Here’s the rise and fall of Sparano’s wildcat in Miami through the numbers of the two primary running backs. AV is a scale that measures the players’ best year of production, with a “10″ their best season, and a “1″ their worst.
|Rushing Yards||Yards Per Attempt||TDs||AV|
The opportunity for success with the wildcat is fleeting, but there could be a one-year window.
Since it’s in my best interest to feed the Internet trolls, let’s end with this little Sanchez nugget: despite his contract extension and its overall value of $58.25 million, the Jets can easily trade Sanchez next year at an affordable price for a willing partner.
Tell us more, Manish Mehta:
If Sanchez disappoints in 2012, the Jets may be able to trade him. They aren’t necessarily locked into keeping him for the next two seasons. Why would anyone want to trade for Sanchez at that point? Well, teams would only have to make a $8.75 million commitment ($20.5M minus $11.75M paid in 2012) for a four-year contract.
For some perspective, Matt Flynn has started two NFL games, and the contract he was just given by Seattle will pay him $8.6 million annually.
We’ll give Batman the last word…