Sources: Tebow chose the Jets because he thinks he can beat Sanchez out for starting QB

posted at 4:50 pm on March 23, 2012 by Allahpundit

We’re almost done with the “Tebow among the lepers” posts, I promise, but this was the one loose thread left in yesterday’s item and I wanted to tie it up for you. Why, oh why, oh why would a guy who would have been a marquee starter in Jacksonville come to New York to be a back-up? Answer, allegedly: Because he thinks he can be a marquee starter in New York before very long.

I think this might be it for me as a Jets fan, guys. Even a beta male can only take so much.

A major factor in Tebow’s push to come to New York over Jacksonville, his hometown, is that he sees a clear path to resuming his career as a starter, sources tell the Daily News.

The Jets will start Tebow off in a limited role as the Wildcat quarterback — GM Mike Tannenbaum must have said 20 times the other night that Sanchez is the starter and Tebow is the backup — but what other backup flies cross-country on a private jet, as Tebow did Thursday from Van Nuys, Calif., to Morristown, N.J., only to disembark to an adoring crowd of Tebow-ing fans? (The plane’s tail number? N15QB.)…

If the conventional offense with Sanchez running it is ineffective and Tebow is moving the ball in the outdated Wildcat, he will get increased snaps. That puts Sanchez on the bench. He will pout. More plays for Tebow could lead to an eventual flip-flop on the depth chart. The Jets must be creative in giving Tebow a diverse package, otherwise defenses will zero in on him the way the Patriots did in their 45-10 playoff victory over the Broncos…

Tebow is a polarizing figure, and Sanchez has become a lightning rod himself in New York. The fans will take sides. The players will take sides. The coaches will take sides. Tebow says he’s been friends with Sanchez for several years, but a quarterback controversy could end that.

Supposedly no one in Jacksonville’s front office wanted him except the owner, which means — incredibly — that Tebow might have faced an even more toxic locker-room environment there than in New York. Best-case scenario: A newly motivated Sanchez buckles down and finally learns how to complete a pass longer than six yards. Worst-case scenario: He crumbles under the pressure of Jets fans chanting “TE-BOW, TE-BOW” every time he misses a receiver and they end up platooning to the bitter end of a glorious 6-10 season.

It’s one thing to root for a team that’s constantly embroiled in locker-room backbiting and obnoxious media drama if they’re winning, but perennial losers are fun only when they’re lovable. (If they weren’t, the Cubs’ fan base would have died out decades ago.) I feel like I’m stuck in a bad marriage. I made a commitment in the foolishness of youth — the Giants have won four Super Bowls(!) since I started wearing green — and now I’m duty-bound to honor it forever, no matter how loveless and resentful the relationship becomes. At this point, it’s like “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”; even if they did somehow go all the way to a championship, my gut reaction would be, “About time, you LOSERS.” And the thing is, divorce isn’t really an option. Not because I’d miss them if I switched allegiances but because it’s an absolutely metaphysical certainty that as soon as I dumped them, they’d win the Super Bowl the very next season. After what they’ve put me through for 30 years, I won’t let the bastards have the satisfaction.

Self-reflective exit question: Would I be an atheist if I had grown up a Giants fan? Dude, four Super Bowls.


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Colombo. Where’d that m come from?

I suspect Nargles.

Axe on March 23, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Allahpundit called Namath “the greatest Jet ever” last night.
Namath threw way more interceptions than TDs in his career, & his lifetime completion rate was 50.1%.

So Tebow’s a better passer than the greatest Jet ever.

itsnotaboutme on March 23, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Based on what you said, Tebow is still worse in completion percentage at 46%.

LevinFan on March 23, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Namath’s career passer rating: 65.5.
Tebow’s: 72.9.

itsnotaboutme on March 23, 2012 at 9:46 PM

…And Tebow’s QB rating doesn’t include his outstanding leadership skills & tremendous running ability.

Did Namath have leadership? I’ll give him that.

Running ability?
hahahahahahahahahahaha

itsnotaboutme on March 23, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Namath’s career passer rating: 65.5.
Tebow’s: 72.9.

itsnotaboutme on March 23, 2012 at 9:46 PM

I’m talking completion percentage.

Since you’re a Tebow fan let me ask you this:

Are the Broncos better off with Peyton Manning or Tebow?

LevinFan on March 23, 2012 at 11:01 PM

so it was the denver defense that saved tebow?? you mean the same defense that kept losing when orton was the starter??

chasdal on March 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM

The Denver defense played very well during their winning streak. Face it: there was alot of pressure on the defense to step up when Tebow struggled for 3 quarters, the defense kept them in the game to allow for those comebacks.

Plus the defense has alot of pressure to hold the other offense at bay when Tebow can’t score more than 20 points a game.

LevinFan on March 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Are the Broncos better off with Peyton Manning or Tebow?

LevinFan on March 23, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Maybe.

Peyton was one of the great all-time QBs.

Will he return to his old ways?
Or will he just return old?
Or will he get hurt?

As Tebow might say, only God knows.

itsnotaboutme on March 23, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Elway did not like Tebow. It was obvious. Guys like Elway never care for the unconventional QBs, like Flutie or Tebow. And the last thing Elway needs is for Tebow to come in as a Jaguar, even if they are a bad team, and play against them should Manning experiment not work out.

Washington Fancy on March 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

The truth is that both Flutie and Tebow are bad QB’s.

LevinFan on March 23, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Maybe.

Peyton was one of the great all-time QBs.

Will he return to his old ways?
Or will he just return old?
Or will he get hurt?

As Tebow might say, only God knows.

itsnotaboutme on March 23, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Come on buddy, what are you a politician? Answer the question!!

Peyton’s doctors and all the doctors of the teams he visited cleared him to play. They said there’s no greater risk for him than any other player, in fact his neck may actually be stronger than other players.

The last thing I’d do is count out Peyton. No one has a better work ethic and is more determined. He’ll come back with a big chip on his shoulder and be better than ever.

Watch the Broncos this year with a real QB. Their offense will be unstoppable and Thomas and Deckeer will be all pros.

LevinFan on March 23, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Come on buddy, what are you a politician? Answer the question!!

Just looking at the 1-4 pre-Tebow turnaround to 7-4 last year, Tim was their MVP. But if anyone could top that, it would be Peyton in his top form.

Their offense will be unstoppable and Thomas and Deckeer will be all pros.

LevinFan on March 23, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Thomas dropped lots of passes last year.
Maybe Peyton will make him better.

itsnotaboutme on March 24, 2012 at 4:31 AM

Self-reflective exit question: Would I be an atheist if I had grown up a Giants fan? Dude, four Super Bowls.

Heh – I’m a Buffalo Bills fan and am certainly no atheist! Someday they will win the Super Bowl and the ensuing party in Buffalo will be beyond anything ever seen before! In a similar vein, I am convinced that the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl because Kraft, Belichick and Brady sold their souls to the Devil as a package deal. (See “Tuck Rule”)

Logic on March 24, 2012 at 7:11 AM

AP, you’re a New Yorker, so give up Big Green and come over to the only TRUE New York football team, the Bills. Plenty of heartache to go around each year here in WNY (but this is their year, it’s gotta be!). We’ll welcome you with open arms.

Pope Linus on March 24, 2012 at 9:36 AM

What’s with all the Tebow hate? There wasn’t this much beta angst when Koby raped the co-Ed or Ben dipped aggressively. Nearly every article I’ve read is a slam on his Christianity with a side of he can’t play yada. Note the overuse of the word polarizing to describe Tebow. But Sanchez is a lightening rod and Vick volunteers for the Humane Society. Hypocrites and wusses.

eaglesdontflock on March 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Dr. Tesla on March 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Of all your ignorant posts, this leaps to the top. Christians worship One only, and it isn’t Tebow. But, setting that aside, you separate Hispanics and Christians, as though there are no Hispanic Christians.

Freelancer on March 25, 2012 at 12:16 PM

http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/40449/tim-tebow-can-fill-the-jets-wildcat-gap

Read the last paragraph.

Expect some green number 15 Tebow jerseys in the crowd at Invesco Field in Denver. This is all about Elway’s ego.

NoPain on March 26, 2012 at 12:02 PM

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