While the negativity and pessimism regarding New York's offseason splash is palpable, it's hard to ignore the fact that the blockbuster trade has enormous potential. A lightning rod for drama and cynicism, the Jets missed the playoffs for the first time under head coach Rex Ryan despite his Super Bowl boasts. Fans clamored for wholesale changes with their vitriol directed at the Jets front office, coaching staff and players.
After watching New York's other team hoist the Lombardi Trophy, Gang Green was left searching for answers. First, the franchise's savior was then-free agent quarterback Peyton Manning. NFL front offices furiously entered their names in the Manning Sweepstakes as the future hall-of-famer ultimately chose the Denver Broncos above the rest. Prior to Manning reach a decision, the Jets gave Sanchez a vote of confidence inking him to a four-year contract extension. Things were peachy in the world of the Green-and-White's fourth-year quarterback as he appeared destined to finally fulfill his label as ‘the Sanchize.'
Then Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and owner Woody Johnson dropped the bombshell of all bombshells by announcing that Gang Green had acquired former Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
Reactions were far-ranging. Some fans were jubilant and giddy, while others expressed disgust and stunned disbelief. The overwhelming consensus was the Jets were abandoning their franchise quarterback in favor of a third-year player, who by most estimates was not a starting caliber NFL quarterback. In light of all the doubt and cynicism, if there is an athlete who can rise above it all the naysayers, it's Tebow. Given the volatility of New York's quarterback situation, the coaching staff will have to manage egos, playing time and roles effectively in order for the Tebow experiment to prove successful.
Early indications show that Sanchez and Tebow are on the same page which bodes well for the team's season outlook and the likelihood that the quarterback duo can coexist in New York. Newly hired offensive coordinator Tony Sparano has begun tailoring his Wildcat offense to suit Tebow's strengths while devising a multitude of packages, positions and formations to make use of No. 15's immense talents.
With the coaching staff in place and the front office stockpiling talent around him, there's reason to believe that Tebow will be the Jets breakout performer in 2012.
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.comblog comments powered by Disqus