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Tim Tebow Says the Right Things at Jets Introductory Press Conference

If there ever was a way to mix vanilla with much fanfare, it certainly took place this afternoon at the Jets training facility in New Jersey. Tim Tebow was the star of the show and the groundbreaking introductory press conference for a supposed back-up quarterback ended up revealing nothing new and we will be asking the same questions from now until September, it appears.

Just how Tebow fits in with a team that allegedly has a franchise quarterback remains to be seen, but the former Broncos first round draft pick put a totally positive spin on what will in all likelihood turn into a controversy and battle for the starting job. “I think we’ll have a great working relationship,” Tebow responded when questioned about fitting in with incumbent Mark Sanchez. “We talked about that – just supporting one another in our roles. I’m excited about that opportunity. I think we’ll have a great relationship and hopefully we’ll be able to thrive together.”


Just what role Tebow plays on the Jets has garnered the most questions. He has been told by both head coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum that the ‘Wildcat’ formation will be a big part of the Jets offense this coming season and that he will be out there every week, not sitting on the sideline ready to go if Sanchez is injured or ineffective. Ryan has even stated that Tebow can get up to 20 plays a game, something unheard of prior to this.

Perhaps Ryan is looking ahead and envisioning Tebow lining up at a position other than quarterback for a number of plays, something that he has been opposed to doing in the past. “I think, first and foremost, that I’m a football player and then a quarterback,” he replied. “But however I can help the team, however I can make a difference, however they can use me, I’ll be open to it and work as hard as I can every time I step on the field.”

Having him take a few snaps at running back, or even tight end, would help justify giving up two draft picks while there are so many other holes to fill on the team other than back-up quarterback. If the Jets are in fact committed to Sanchez, then they will have to find other roles for Tebow if he is to get enough playing time to take advantage of his many talents.

It sounds as if everyone is on the same page – at least publicly – and rarin’ to go, but it would be no surprise if Sanchez is at best confused and at worst furious over the Jets bringing Tebow in. He is human, after all, and the organization has already gone Peyton Manning shopping before trading for Tebow, who is by far the most popular player in the league throughout the mainstream media.

This has all the ingredients to be an explosive ending. It may also be a situation where both quarterbacks can co-exist. We’ll have to wait and see what the outcome is, but for now, it’s all hugs and kisses.

Photo by Bill Menzel

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