End Of An Error: New York Jets Waive Tim Tebow
The Big Apple Comedy Show called the New York Jets began to patch up their up self-inflicted personnel gunshot wounds Monday by waiving quarterback Tim Tebow.
The move begins to break up the laughable logjam the Jets had created for themselves at quarterback.
Italso shines yet another spotlight on the comically bad mismanagement of the Jets organization.
Tebow last year, of course, backed up sad-sack quarterback Mark Sanchez. The Jets also selected West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL draft Friday night.
The decision to waive Tebow marks the end of an error that will symbolize the futility of the Jets organization for years to come. The Jets put themselves in this situation by making one bad personnel decision after another.
Here’s a little recap of how the Jets got to this point, with nobody to blame but themselves.
Bad Decision 1: The Jets aggressively pursue Mark Sanchez – Back in 2009, the Jets traded up to land Sanchez with the No. 5 overall pick, smitten with a junior who had started just 16 games in college and whose own coach, Pete Carroll, said was probably not ready for prime time.
But by the end of the 2011 season it had become apparent to one and all – including the dim wits in the Jets organization – that Sanchez was going to struggle to become even a mediocre quarterback, let alone a great one.
Bad Decision 2: The Jets trade for Tim Tebow – So stuck with a wasted first-round pick and a bad situation at quarterback, the Jets attempted to solve the problem by trading with Denver to land Tebow, a gifted athlete but unorthodox and controversial player and cultural lightning rod. Even Tebow's most outspoken supporters – including the Cold, Hard Football Facts – agree is far from an elite passer.
Basically, the Jets jammed together in their offensive backfield not one but two quarterbacks who struggled to pass the ball at a high level in the NFL. What's could go possibly go wrong?
It instantly created a media storm cloud that rained mistery on the Jets for an entire season. Nothing could make the move to acquire Tebow worse ... or so we thought.
Bad Decision 3: The Jets refuse to play Tebow – The Jets put on their Fonzie leather jacket and jumped the personnel shark when they simply refused to play Tebow, even when Sanchez’s season spun helplessly down the sewer.
Tebow simply rode the bench all year, save for a couple token snaps. He attempted 8 passes all year. The decision to ignore Tebow gave the Jets the appearance of a rudder-less ship: somebody very high in the organization wanted Tebow on the team; but somebody stalking the sideline clearly didn’t want him to play.
Put another way: the top of the Jets depth chart was filled by one quarterback who couldn’t play and another quarterback they wouldn’t play.
Bad Decision 4: The Jets play Greg McElroy – Sanchez become the butt – quite literally – of a national joke when his terrible play met a physically and symbolically terrible moment.
In a 49-19 home loss to the Patriots on Thanksgiving night witnessed only by every football fan in America, Sanchez managed to get pancaked by the ass of his own center – defying the known laws of Newtonian physics in the process.
He also fumbled the ball, which the Patriots scooped up and ran in for a touchdown. Pictures of the play ran on an endless loop on TV and internet video for weeks.
Sanchez was so bad the following week against the Cardinals (10 of 21, 97 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT, 21.4 rating) that even coach Rex Ryan had to sit his beloved little binky.
But instead of giving productive back-up Tebow a shot, the Jets instead inserted forgotten third-stringer McElroy in the line-up in a late-season game against the Chargers.
The Jets lost, 27-17, marking the end of the McElroy experiment. Sanchez started the final game of the year and was perfectly inept in a 28-9 loss to the Bills.
Bad Decision 5: The Jets chose to suck – The worst part of this whole charade is that the Jets failed to insert Tebow in the line up even as it became apparent to everyone not coaching the Jets that they needed a change at quarterback.
As we noted over the weekend, Sanchez was perhaps the worst quarterback in football in 2012, with a 55.3 Real Quarterback Rating. It’s worth noting that Tebow’s career Real Quarterback Rating of 81.2 would have been good enough for 14th in the NFL last year.
There is no doubt by any empirical measure that Tebow would have been a more productive quarterback than Sanchez. There is no doubt by any empirical measure that the Jets would have been more likely to win games with Tebow at quarterback.
Keep in mind that teams that posted a higher Real QB Rating won 85.5 percent of NFL games last year (218-37).
Yet the Jets simply refused to put Tebow on the field except for a few token snaps. They refused to give even a whiff of opportunity to a playoff quarterback who, last we saw, inspired a miraculous turnaround of the Broncos and lifted that team to just its second postseason win of the past 15 years.
Yes, the yet the Jets refused to give THAT guy a chance to play even when it became apparent the guy on the field might have been the worst quarterback in football.
In other words, the Jets sucked not because they had to in 2012. The Jets sucked because they chose to in 2012.
There's not many things worse you can say about an organization.