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Tim Tebow ... scapegoat

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08:01 AM ET 12.27 | Tim Tebow's image took a hit this week, as it was reported he'd asked out of playing in Wildcat situations for Rex Ryan -- something Tebow insisted Wednesday was untrue. At best it was a misunderstanding. At worst it was a conspiracy to make [Tebow] the scapegoat for everything that has gone wrong in the Jets' season. Maybe somewhere between the two lies the truth about whether Tebow opted out of the Wildcat. ... Maybe Ryan didn't mind having Tebow twist in the wind a bit. Maybe the coach really didn't appreciate "the good conversation" Tebow thought they had. Maybe this was a way to detract from the team's horrid performance on the field. In fact, maybe Tebow did have a role in Sunday's loss to the Chargers: It's called scapegoat.

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December 27, 2012  08:14 AM ET

Amazing how everyone and anyone gets the blame for failure while the root cause sits silent. It's not Tebow's fault, or Mark Sanchez's fault. It starts with Tannenbaum and ends with Rex Ryan. Everything in between is noise. If Tannenbaum brings in the right people and Ryan brings in the right coaches to teach them and hold them accountable there's no failure. As it is both men failed. Blaming one person shows just how weak they both are. If Woody Johnson buys their story he deserves what he gets.

December 27, 2012  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Amazing how everyone and anyone gets the blame for failure while the root cause sits silent. It's not Tebow's fault, or Mark Sanchez's fault. It starts with Tannenbaum and ends with Rex Ryan. Everything in between is noise. If Tannenbaum brings in the right people and Ryan brings in the right coaches to teach them and hold them accountable there's no failure. As it is both men failed. Blaming one person shows just how weak they both are. If Woody Johnson buys their story he deserves what he gets.

Spot-on. Good post.

December 27, 2012  08:35 AM ET

^ What they said!

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December 27, 2012  08:43 AM ET

Tebow has 3 major problems.

1. His mechanics are a disaster. It takes forever, in NFL terms, to throw a football.

2. Accuracy. Every fan at a game has as good a chance of leaving with a football as his receivers do at catching one.

3. Image. He embraced his "image" with his religion, making SB commercials about his views and the Tebowing, and now that it's there, you can't unring the bell. No matter what team takes him in, the media circus isn't going to be worth it. There are a lot of equally talented QB's sitting on practice squads or available as free agents that don't bring any of the circus with them.

December 27, 2012  08:57 AM ET
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I still wonder if Sanchez can be an NFL QB...an effective starter for a good team. Didn't the guy look okay his first couple of years?The guy has had a different OC virtually every year in the league, and his receivers have always been below league average.Not saying he's a Pro Bowler, but I think a decent corps of receivers and a quality OC makes him okay.And Tebow? Say what you want, but the guy took a team to the playoffs last season. He deserves better, and will get a shot next season.

With the right coaches Sanchez would be fine. Rex Ryan has been jerking him around for a few years. Trying to toughen him up, make him mad...etc. It's all mind games that Ryan uses because he doesn't have the intellect to communicate effectively. As far as Tebow, who knows but in my book the will to win goes a long way. Maybe not far enough in the NFL but at least give him a shot and be honest about it. Ryan would throw him on the field in 3rd and 14 and say "go get em son". He's a jerk.

December 27, 2012  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Tebow has 3 major problems.1. His mechanics are a disaster. It takes forever, in NFL terms, to throw a football.2. Accuracy. Every fan at a game has as good a chance of leaving with a football as his receivers do at catching one.3. Image. He embraced his "image" with his religion, making SB commercials about his views and the Tebowing, and now that it's there, you can't unring the bell. No matter what team takes him in, the media circus isn't going to be worth it. There are a lot of equally talented QB's sitting on practice squads or available as free agents that don't bring any of the circus with them.

You're probably right on #1 & #2, but he also fills seats and at the end of the day it's still a business. Also, why would you want to unring a bell that demonstrates your faith?

December 27, 2012  09:01 AM ET

Wow. Hard to believe the Jets organization and coaching staff (starting with the Head Coach) is so classless. Shame on them.

December 27, 2012  09:02 AM ET

Sanchez has the same problem as the other USC QB's in the NFL have.

They suck.

December 27, 2012  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

You're probably right on #1 & #2, but he also fills seats and at the end of the day it's still a business. Also, why would you want to unring a bell that demonstrates your faith?

When you play the religion card, you are going to have people follow you for that reason and stay away from you for that reason. It's too polarizing in a team environment.

As far as "filling the seats", it's more important to win than have a guy do it. If you build your franchise around a guy who you know is inferior but he's popular for whatever reasons, you're doomed to failure because the team will never be any good.

December 27, 2012  09:04 AM ET

Sanchez did all right his first two years because the Jets had a good running game and a solid defense. But when the running game evaporated, Sanchez could not carry the offensive load with his passing skills.
As for Tebow, he is being sacrified for everyone else's sins.

December 27, 2012  09:11 AM ET

Didn't Abraham sacrifice a goat in place of his son? "Scapegoat" seems like a good term for Tebow Christ.

December 27, 2012  09:21 AM ET

How do you blame Tebow for the Jets woes, when he barely played a few snaps this season? Ryan and Tannebaum need to stay, I like watching these Jets.

December 27, 2012  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I still wonder if Sanchez can be an NFL QB...an effective starter for a good team. Didn't the guy look okay his first couple of years?The guy has had a different OC virtually every year in the league, and his receivers have always been below league average.Not saying he's a Pro Bowler, but I think a decent corps of receivers and a quality OC makes him okay.And Tebow? Say what you want, but the guy took a team to the playoffs last season. He deserves better, and will get a shot next season.

The first couple of years, the playcalling protected Sanchez as very young and new to the NFL. They ran the ball well and played great defense and didn't expect too much of him. When the situation changed and he needed to step up, he didn't seem to have it in him. His play has been outright embarrassing.

December 27, 2012  09:26 AM ET

On most crappy teams, the backup QB is the most popular player on the team. The Jest can't even get that right.

December 27, 2012  09:30 AM ET
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How do you blame Tebow for the Jets woes, when he barely played a few snaps this season? Ryan and Tannebaum need to stay, I like watching these Jets.

Tebow is a cancer.

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December 27, 2012  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Tebow is a cancer.

Hater

December 27, 2012  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

boo this man

BOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
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