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Hoge: Tebow, Jets are clueless

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09:25 AM ET 03.24 | Merril Hoge does not sound as if he is going out to buy a Tim Tebow Jets jersey anytime soon. "I don't understand it all," the ESPN analyst and former Steelers running back said of the Jets' trade for Tebow. "He's so overrated. I've never seen someone so overrated." Hoge has been critical of Tebow since he got to the NFL, but he was just getting warmed up. He is puzzled as to what the Jets were thinking when they shipped two draft picks to Denver this week for Tebow and a pick in return. Hoge said he thinks the trade shows little vision by general manager Mike Tannenbaum. The Jets have said they plan on having a package of plays for Tebow. Hoge said he could see the team creating a run-oriented package for Tebow, but believes the league will catch up with it quick. If Tebow gets inserted as the starting quarterback? "He never will be able to throw consistently enough in this league ever to play 16 games, consecutive years and win you anything," he said. "His elongated motion and his accuracy are not even his greatest flaws. He has no clue what he's looking at. That is the most disturbing thing about it at all. It's mind-boggling that a guy could play two years and have no concept of route combinations and coverages."

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March 24, 2012  09:28 AM ET

uh oh.

March 24, 2012  09:30 AM ET

Merril Hoge was overrated as a player and is not qualified to judge anyone.

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March 24, 2012  09:37 AM ET

Even though this Tebow guy knows nothing about all this stuff, he was still able to knock the Steelers out of the playoffs. Not too shabby.

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March 24, 2012  09:52 AM ET
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Stu... This is what we will be saying when we watch the Colts................

I'm so bummed about the Colts right now. I think Pagano is gone in three years. I'm worried about Luck. He had a strong running game to support play-action passing at Stanford. There is no running game in Indy. Get ready to run for your life, kid.

March 24, 2012  09:53 AM ET

There are a whole host of J-E-T-S fans who share Hoge's perception of Tannenbaum's lack of vision... Or ability...

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March 24, 2012  10:18 AM ET

the Jets are clueless?, I think extending Sanchez's contract for $40 M says clueless! Getting Tebow was Priceless!!

March 24, 2012  10:22 AM ET
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There are a whole host of J-E-T-S fans who share Hoge's perception of Tannenbaum's lack of vision... Or ability...

Really? There are a whole host of Cowboys fans that have a bad perception of Jerry Jones.

March 24, 2012  10:22 AM ET

They may as well find a buyer for Sanchez now. Only a matter of time. He will crumble when the fans start calling for the back up, and they will.
Tebow is the worst thing you can do to a team unless you plan on making him your number one QB, which would be the second worst thing you could do.

March 24, 2012  10:22 AM ET
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the Jets are clueless?, I think extending Sanchez's contract for $40 M says clueless! Getting Tebow was Priceless!!

Sanchez will be good at carrying the clipboard.

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March 24, 2012  10:25 AM ET
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Tebow is the worst thing you can do to a team unless you plan on making him your number one QB, which would be the second worst thing you could do.

Tebow wasn't the worst thing for the Broncos as he carried them to their first playoff appearance in many years. You never were a very good judge of talent.

March 24, 2012  10:26 AM ET

Watching the Jets is a bit like watching a bus crash in slow motion. Talk about creating mass confusion in the locker room. "My turn to lead, no wait, it's my turn". "Mommmyyy"!

Tebow: The QB the media created.
Sanchez: Yawn!
Jets: Still suck.

March 24, 2012  10:27 AM ET

You won't see Tebow selling drugs, shooting at people or constantly getting in trouble with the law. He is a great role model for kids and a breath of fresh air for the NFL. It is no surprise that he has the top selling jersey in the league.

March 24, 2012  10:29 AM ET
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Tebow wasn't the worst thing for the Broncos as he carried them to their first playoff appearance in many years. You never were a very good judge of talent.

Ok, but the guy had a passing average of 124 yards per game leading up to it! Do you build a team around that or wait until it improves. Elway was never sold on guy and I think it was a lot of good luck they made the playoffs.

March 24, 2012  10:32 AM ET
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Ok, but the guy had a passing average of 124 yards per game leading up to it! Do you build a team around that or wait until it improves. Elway was never sold on guy and I think it was a lot of good luck they made the playoffs.

Elway felt threatened by Tebow's popularity and would have gotten rid of him even if the Broncos went to the Super Bowl. Elway rolled the dice on an old QB with four neck surgeries and no plan B in case he gets injured.

March 24, 2012  10:35 AM ET

Does Hoge have a purpose at ESPN anymore besides going on air once in a while to badmouth Tebow? I can't stand this guy. It's like he really thinks he breaking ground everytime he gets in front of a camera and says Tebow isn't an accurate passer. Yeah, no kidding. There isn't a person alive that doesn't already know this. They just put stock into what else he brings to the table (great running game, leadership, character, playing better in big games, etc). Tebow makes plays and is clearly worth throwing out there at QB if you don't already have a top 15 QB (Jets don't).

 
March 24, 2012  10:35 AM ET
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people are blowing this WAY out of proportion-NY already IS a circus and most people have written them off this year anyway even before they made the move...so what is the risk?if sanchez can't handle the job he should be oustedif sanchez game 1 throws an int...whether tebow is there or not he will be booed

*laughs and shrugs* This is why I don't get all the chatter about this. Still, what can you say? People are going to have their opinions. It doesn't matter that this kid has defied every bit of "football logic" and still came out a winner. It's fascinating to see how football minds continue to dismiss this guy because he isn't what they think he should be. "If he can't play this way, he can't be successful." Uhhh... Really!?! X^D *Hahaha!*

It went from that to, "He can't possibly make a career out of playing this style of football." In spite of that, he finds a team and an offensive coordinator who likes that style of play and now has the right player to implement it. Maybe Tebow is the answer or maybe not, but judging by what he's done thus far, it would be foolish to count him out before the first snap. Either way, I'm anxious to see what happens. Likewise, considering what you wrote in your comment, the only way from here is up.

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