FN Follies: The New York Jets Are Not Fans of Tim Tebow
The saga of the struggling New York Jets continues.
First, the team dropped its third consecutive game on Sunday, a one-sided 28-7 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks that left them at 3-6 on the season.
Then, head coach Rex Ryan - in yet another rambling press conference filled with "ums" and "you knows" - declared that quarterback Mark Sanchez is still his starter, despite another dismal performance in Seattle.
But that's all minor news compared to today's headline story.
According cover story by Manish Mehta in today's New York Daily News, New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow doesn't have too many fans in his own locker room. One anonymous starter on defense even went to far as to say, "He's terrible."
Numerous other players and team employees didn't have much else good to say about Tebow, and think that he is nothing more than a "gimmick."
Say what you will about their lack of on-field talent and questionable personnel decisions. At least the 2012 Jets are observant...
This should come as no surprise. As we told our loyal readers numerous times, the Jets-Tebow marriage was nothing more than a PR move and a train wreck. That said, there is an interesting side effect that has emerged from this mess.
The Jets actually have locker room cohesion for once!
As strange as it sounds, the team has now seemed to rally around Sanchez, who has been the target of much criticism for his play this season. And they know he's not entirely to blame. As one source told Mehta, "I’ve seen better receiving corps in college than we have on our team."
I'm guessing that source wasn't Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum. However, I do have a suggestion for "Monotonous Mike."
Seeing as the Jets could use some help at wide receiver, and how the team has rallied against a polarizing figure such as Tebow, who not go out and sign Chad Johnson or Terrell Owens? That's sure to kill two birds with one stone.
On second thought, that might not be a career-enhancing move. But it sure would be fun to write about...
In other quick-hit observations from Week 10:
- The lone highlight of the Jets-Seahawks game was when referee Rich Hall tripped over the foot of Seattle’s Chris Maragos and fell right before a Seahawks punt. Not amusing, you say? Try telling that to my kids, who made me rewind it five times.
- Another week, another name surfaces as a possible replacement for Jason Garrett as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. First Sean Payton, now Mike Holmgren. These votes of confidence for Garrett by owner Jerry Jones are really doing wonders.
- This week, the Carolina Panthers Minnesota Vikings surfaced as teams that a rumored to have an interest in moving to Los Angeles. I’ll believe it when I see it. And until then, I still say the San Diego Chargers are the front-runners. Given the way they’re playing, San Diegans might even be happy to see this team relocate up I-5.
- Appearing on CBS Sports Network’s “NFL Monday QB,” CBS NFL commentator Phil Simms said that Eli Manning is not an elite quarterback. Are we really beating this dead horse again? With hard-hitting analysis like this, Simms could have a bright future “debating” Skip Bayless on ESPN. Stick to more important topics (like Tim Tebow), Phil.