There’s dissention in the ranks of New York Jets players past and present over Tim Tebow.
Several Jets players are questioning the decision to bring in Tebow, according to the New York Post. They’re remaining anonymous to prevent any backlash, but they’re asking important questions.
How are they going to run two offenses? Why do this if the organization believes in Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez? What happens when fans start chanting for Tebow in the stadium?
Tebow, the former Denver Broncos quarterback who led the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2005, will be introduced as the Jets new backup quarterback on Monday inside the team’s massive field house.
That’s where their indoor practice field is located. The Jets have never used the field house for a news conference before. But this is New York and Tim Tebow is getting more hype than the Jets have seen in decades.
The place will be packed with media even though Tebow is the backup quarterback to Sanchez. Sanchez — who admitted he made some bonehead plays last year during the Jets 8-8 season — just signed a new five-year, $58.25 million contract. Then the Jets landed Tebow.
“How many times has a backup quarterback had a press conference?” asked ESPN analyst and former Jet Damien Woody. “How many times have there been helicopters to meet a backup quarterback at the airport? The organization is saying he’s the backup quarterback. Well, then why do you feel like you have to have a press conference? Why not just do a conference call and call it a day?
“It’s a marketing ploy.”
And then there’s the upcoming perfect storm. The players fear the worst could come with a divided locker room this fall, with Sanchez sapped of confidence and Tebow playing a bigger role despite being a lesser passer.
“How do you manage a natural disaster?” Woody said. “People say they’re preparing for an earthquake. No, you’re not. There’s no way to prepare for it. Once it happens, it creates devastation. It’s the same thing here. They talk about being prepared for it. No, you’re not because you’ve never experienced it before. They have no idea.”
There will be interesting times ahead inside the Jets locker room.