Desire to see Tebow as Jets QB is created by the media, not the fans

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ: After the Jets’ shellacking of Buffalo yesterday 48-28, I was chatting with a friend  who covers the Jets for a major media outlet on the way down Rex Ryan’s post-game presser. He told me his boss emailed him to make sure he got plenty of Tebow stuff  for his game story.

Smart Jets fans want Tim Tebow to stay right here this season...on the bench (JetsInsider.com Photo)

Tebow stuff? 5 plays for 11 yards. How do you generate “plenty of Tebow stuff” from that?

This proves it…It’s really not the Fans who want Tim Tebow playing QB for the Jets, it’s the media. Basically because he’s a news wet dream.

Don’t get me wrong. If the Jets lose to Buffalo yesterday and Mark Sanchez continued his pre-season offensive sputter and threw 3 or 4 picks, the fans would be all over him and probably be screaming for Tebow. However, if Drew Stanton was still the Jets back-up QB the cries would be the same.

The backup QB is always the savior in waiting, whether he’s Tim Tebow, Kellen Clemens, Glenn Foley or even Matt Robinson (for those old timers).

Despite Tebow’s obvious aura as a personality and his ability to make plays at times like he did in Denver, I find it really hard pressed to think that any fan who knows the game of professional football would want this man as their starting QB…not just over Sanchez, over ANY current NFL starter. I know the retorts…”he’s a winner”, “he’s a playmaker”, “he’s the golden child” etc… Playing in the SEC, those are all good points but in the NFL it just doesn’t cut it.

It’s been clear since Tebow was drafted that he cannot throw the ball on an NFL level. Did you watch Tebow this pre-season? He had every chance to show he could be the Jets’ man but failed miserably every chance he got. We also saw yesterday with his running of the garbage wildcat package, that it’s nothing more than a gimmick which doesn’t fool anyone.

Tebow had some late game flashes in Denver last year. He beat our own Jets in the final minutes. He beat the mighty Steelers in the playoffs. But honestly… the real reason Denver was even in those games last season was not due to Tebow, it was due to their overachieving  defense. If the defense didn’t keep the games low scoring and close, it’s likely none of them would have been winnable. Do you really think that Pittsburgh playoff game would have been the same if the Steelers weren’t decimated with injuries?

I’m very happy for Mark Sanchez. He did what he had to yesterday to for now, quiet his critics. He will likely have to continue to do this all season to keep the heat off of him which is really unfair based on his past success with this team. He’s the most over-criticized QB in the NFL in my opinion. However, the majority of the heat will be from the media, and not the fans.  When any QB falters fans always scream for the backup. If Tebow wasn’t here it would be Stanton or even McElroy the fans would call for.

Bottom line is that NY is the eye of the world’s sports media hurricane. There are a lot of papers and TV/Radio ad space to sell. Whether the Jets win or lose, Tebow as QB sells.

Jets fans just want to win. Who leads them to victory is really secondary.

4 Responses to “Desire to see Tebow as Jets QB is created by the media, not the fans”

  1. Marty Levine Says:

    Thank you, Sean. As a longtime Jets fan who sat in the stands at Shea during the thankfully brief Robinson-Todd QB competition I can tell you that I and all the Jets fans I know will rally around any QB who can help the team win consistently. We also recognize the tabloid frenzy over Tebow for what it is: a crass attempt to sell newspapers (or online advertising).

    BTW, do you ever wonder what might have happened had Robinson not tried to hide his broken thumb from Coach Michaels?

  2. COLOFAN Says:

    There are alot of Tebow fans from Colorado that are only watching the Jets this year for one reason…Tim Tebow.

  3. mike Says:

    I read your title and didn’t even want to read your article – you’re with the Media… Let me tell you something, Tebow loves life – you feel it, and he wants to do good – you sense it… He has that attitude “It’s never over til it’s over”…. I’m a Broncos fan. The QBs that went through here since Elway retired NEEDED WHAT TEBOW HAS – trust me…. Tebow made this team Stronger, he STARTED the hype to BELIEVE… AND NOW, WE HAVE MANNING… I can see Manning going undefeated. I also can see Tebow taking over for the Jets – EVENTUALLY… I watched the Jets game, Sanchez looked good – shame we didn’t see any of that durring the preseason – Tebow Beat Sanchez in the preseason. ….so, if Manning goes undefeated, guess where the AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME will be??? If Tebow takes over for the Jets, will he make the PLAYOFFS??? Sanchez won’t beat the Broncos – Tebow has the only chance – he’ll remember that it was Elway that sent him packing… If he beats the Broncos, Elway is gonna be in a lot of shock – LIKE US FANS WERE THAT HE DIDN’T KEEP TEBOW AS A BACKUP AND TEACH HIM…. I am a Broncos fan – BUT… this Broncos fan would love to see TEBOW in the Superbowl this year!!! ……….I’m a fan of football, the Broncos, Peyton Manning…. AND TEBOW…. as a human being, I hated seeing how Tebow was thrown in the Trash as if he had no value…. NEW YORK has a killer QB that will explode WHEN he is given the chance…. puting Tebow out to run the ball or hand off is ok…. but his passing game is also important – and the Jets didn’t let him pass – to me, right now, the Jets are treating Tebow just like Elway – GIVE THE KID CONFIDENCE BY GIVING HIM SUPPORT – UNLEASH TIM TEBOW!!!

  4. Linda Mortensen Says:

    It was nice to see the lack of Tebow jerseys and tee shirts while tailgating at the Met Life stadium on Sunday. I’d like to know how his shirts are selling now that he is a Jet.