Jets Bomb Trade

Late last week the New York Jets acquired Tim Tebow from the Denver Broncos via a trade.  The former starter for the Broncos became available after the Broncos signed the best free agent on the market in Peyton Manning.  The Jets made this move without really thinking it through and I feel it will destroy their season and cost several people their jobs.

Tim Tebow was acquired to be an active part of the Jets offensive attack for next season.  Rex Ryan and Tony Sparrano want him to run their wildcat package.  The Jets have had a lot of success with the wildcat in the past, but since they lost Brad Smith it hasn’t been the same.  They believe that Tebow, who ran a simular style offense in college and in Denver, will be able to breath new life into their wildcat and even allow for it grow as a well.

Tebow is also expected to fill the role of backup QB for the Jets.  It is in this role where I really begin to take issue with this trade.  Tim Tebow will be running his own package plus expected to learn the regular playbook as well.  First off, Tebow has never been able to grasp a full NFL offense.  He doesn’t have the ability to recognize defenses so it makes it difficult to control a passing attack.  Second, if he is taking all the wildcat snaps and snaps as the second string QB, how many snaps is Mark Sanchez losing?

By my calculations Sanchez’s snaps will be dropped by almost half.  The wildcat will be featured to the tune of around 20 plays per game and that means it will need significant practice time.  So, with the wildcat alone Tebow will need around a third of the practice reps.  If he is expected to be the back up then he will need to run at least some of the basic plays during practice each week.  Because of the season that Sanchez had last year, it would be foolish not to give Tebow time in practice with the standard offense since it is a good possibility that he will be needed at some point during the season if he doesn’t improve.

The biggest thing that the Jets haven’t really taken into consideration is how the phenomenon that surrounds Tim Tebow is wildly overbearing.  Kyle Orton was clearly the best QB in Denver last season with Brady Quinn being the clear second.  Tebow was kept on the roster after training camp because of the following that he has.  He was said to be less NFL ready than the Broncos rookie QB during training camp last season.  Orton played everyday to chants of Tebow and it eventually took its’ toll on him and the entire organization.

Tebow can’t be a team’s backup QB without it causing more trouble than it is worth.  His fans aren’t team fans.  They are a destructive force that will only calm down when they are appeased and they won’t be until Tebow is starting again.  So, like the Broncos of last year, the Jets have a QB that is substandard but has a legendary following that will divide the fan base and possibly stunt the growth of a promising young in Mark Sanchez.  This trade will backfire on the Jets and the backlash will probably see Ryan and Tannenbaum looking for new places of employment.

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  1. The “phenomenon” which you are referring to is totally irrelevant. Granted, most educated fans chalk up the Tebow trade to the second-sister factor, claiming the Jets traded for Tebow just like they traded for Favre… after a New York Football Giants championship. But, considering the Jets AFC best (only behind DET in the NFL) for TD pct. in the redzone in 2011-12 (yes, that’s factual… for those of us that actually do research), it seems drastic that you call a dramatic dynamic acquisition as a “bomb trade.”

    If you were completely reprimanded from the Jets AFC Championship run in 2010, then you ought to know Brad Smith was an insanely major component of the Jets’ offensive scheming. The Wildcat, which is mostly irrelevant in the NFl, was highly utilized by the Jets in freeing blitz pressure on Sanchez in special offensive packages in ’09-’10 when Smith was a legitimate, must-study-for weapon on the Jets’ offensive front.

    You must be a rampant Broncos buff, crying about John Elway. There is no other legitimate explanation (or factual reasoning) for your obscure, and extensively opinionated post.

    Tebow means offensive gurus must spend extra time preparing for dynamic brands of offense, that otherwise wouldn’t be an issue if Tebow weren’t in uniform.

    Do your homework, chump.

    • The last part was uncalled for. I take it back.

    • I’m sorry, but did you read my “obscure, and extensively opinionated post”? Your argument doesn’t make it sound like you did. For starters I referenced the fact that the Jets had an effective wildcat attack with Smith. I don’t know why you thought I needed that reiterated. I’m not a Bronco buff and I never mentioned Elway or crying so I don’t know what you were really trying to say with that.

      The phenomenon is the only thing about Tebow that is relevant and if you read the article you’d understand why. The most important thing that you seemed to miss was the reduced number of reps that Sanchez will have in practice due the duel role of Tebow. Now if you think my reasoning off on that matter, which is the basis for my argument then maybe we can have a dialog. If you want to sling accusations, accuse me of not researching, or call me a chump; I’d like you to read the article first.

      • The so-called “Tim Tebow Effect” is entirely irrelevant, regardless of what you fight towards. The dude is a second-string QB for life, but does has the ability to give offensive coordinators a ‘headache.’ Yeah, that isn’t exactly supposed to be a prime resource (or distraction) for a team that seemingly knows how to score points in the redzone (like I said, 2nd best TD pct. in the redzone in the NFL in 2011). The Jets are a team highly constructed on the concept of “defense,” but team synergy is something extremely lacking in that highly touted secondary, not to mention the weapon deprived offense (i.e. Santanio Holmes recent inability to participate, and on defense…Revis’ newly, phony hold-out brigade).

        It’s all show for the green and white, and that’s why they can never compete with the New York football Giants…

        None of it really matters until September though, but your inability to give fans sufficient information is pathetic. I bet you’ve got an awesome dog that digs the conversation though.

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