Surely Tim Tebow has been angry before. I know I’ll be cast as a devil worshiper for even thinking this, but he is human, after all. He is not a God, as he merely likes the man upstairs, and considers him to be a very close homeboy. In that sense he’s the same as the many people who do a very different religious activity on Sunday. Like, you know, go to church, and stuff.
But the only emotion we see from Tebow with any regularity that isn’t unbridled joy are the flashes of frustration when another punt wobbles from his arm. We won’t even see that too much anymore either, because now with the Jets he’s truly embodied the running back who’s sort of a quarterback role that’s been his destiny ever since he was drafted, and therefore he’s rarely asked to complete a forward pass.
Yet for many members of the New York media who would like to find the source of angst buried deep in the soul of a man who told us he was excited 44 times during his first Jets press conference, a problem needs to be fabricated, and quickly. So the next item on the storyboard is Tebow’s apparent disgust with being a crappy quarterback, and being relegated to a backup role.
That’s the latest recipe for Tebow talk that’s being brewed by Gary Myers of the New York Daily News. Myers cites an unnamed source who said that a permanent backup role will lead to Tebow requesting a trade. And sure, I suppose that could happen, just like any player who’s ever been unhappy with his current situation could seek pastures that appear to be a brighter shade of green.
But we’re talking about Tebow here, the guy who says rosy things about people who hate him, and has told anyone who would like to listen that he’s ready, prepared, and willing to function in any capacity that the Jets desire. So what’s Myers’ reasoning for Tebow’s eventual motivation to be elsewhere? He’s a really intense dude, man.
He won’t make a stink during the season, but if Mark Sanchez doesn’t provide an opening to play, then I think Tebow is one-and-done as a Jet. I believe he endorsed the trade to the Jets rather than his hometown Jaguars because he felt he would have a better opportunity to get on the field as a quarterback. Sanchez was vulnerable, but he has responded to the pressure put on by Tebow.
If what the Jets saw from Sanchez against the Bills is what they will see all season, then not only won’t Tebow have a chance to take over as the starter, but the Wildcat snaps could diminish as well.
The entire Tebow package is what has made him so popular: his unique style of play, his faith, his mild-mannered way, the guy John Elway says he would want his daughter to marry the day he signed Peyton Manning and two days before he traded Tebow to the Jets.
Tebow is a football player. Football players want to play.
September 13th, 2012: the day Gary Myers learned to connect dots.
What he writes isn’t impossible. We’ve definitely seen greater heel turns from players who have every right to look out for their own self interests.
But realistically, what leverage will Tebow have? Let’s pretend for a second that the Mark Sanchez we saw Sunday is the same Mark Sanchez we’re going to see all season, and the chances of that happening are equivalent to the odds of seeing a jolly man in a red suit in the flesh this December. Then let’s take that further, and pretend that not only does Sanchez become a consistently good quarterback, but he remains one next year too.
Where is Tebow’s bargaining chip in that scenario? He’s under contract until 2015, and he could go through at least one, and very likely two years of relative inactivity in which his NFL existence is reduced to being little more than a really awesome storyline, and a fun gimmicky toy.
And while he experienced brief success in Denver, an entire offense had to be tailored to his playing style. Not every team has the personnel or desire to do that, and more importantly, defenses will adapt as they always do. We saw what happened last year during the playoffs when a defense developed the blueprint to stymy #Tebowtime when Tebow looked far less godly against the Patriots, and he was sacked five times.
Tebow’s best chance to start and show that he can develop and be effective still lies exactly where he is in his current place of employment. We probably watched Sanchez’s best performance of the year in the Jets’ win over the Bills this past Sunday, and it came in Week 1. The laws of gravity state that both heavy objects and crappy quarterbacks come tumbling back to terra firma with great force eventually.
For fantasy owners, Tebow re-establishing himself in a starting role can’t come soon enough. He takes care of the ball and rarely throws interceptions because he rarely throws at all, and he accumulates rushing yards and touchdowns in addition to his passing yards. Tebow won fantasy leagues last year with his 222 fantasy points in just 11 starts.
And now the links part of the links post…
- The 10 most intriguing players of Week 2. [Pro Football Weekly]
- While the fantasy world is buzzing about Greg Jennings’ playing status tonight (it’s still highly unlikely that he plays, but we’ll pass along any updates later today), the reality world is wondering about his status in Green Bay beyond this year, and if the Packers would be wise to trade their top receiver who’s playing under an expiring contract. [Bob McGinn]
- Michael Vick is aware of how crappy he was in Week 1, and he doesn’t need you to tell him, thank you very much. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
- Victor Cruz is also quite self aware, and knows of his level of Week 1 suck. So please, don’t tell him that your team sucks because he sucks. Thanks. [New York Daily News]
- A break down of the Week 1 AFC targets shows that Reggie Wayne was targeted 18 times, which harkens back to the before time when Wayne was a high-end WR fantasy option. [Rotoworld]
- If you own Jay Cutler, you’re always concerned about his inability to stay upright. So let’s talk about the Bears’ pass protection, or lack of it. [Sports on Earth]