NFL 2012 SEASON PREVIEW-AFC EAST: New York Jets
Why do I have a photo of Tim Tebow atop of my post?
Because that is all that anybody in all of the sports world has been able to talk about since the Broncos dealt the super popular Tebow to the Jets to make room for Peyton Manning.
Because of Tebow’s arrival in the big apple, the defending super bowl champion New York Giants can’t get ANY love.
Tim Tebow this, Tim Tebow that, Tebow is gonna take Sanchez’ job, is there a QB controversy in the big apple, do Sanchez and Tebow like each other, blah blah blah.
From a PR perspective, the move makes plenty of sense for the Jets. Coming off of a season in which they didn’t make the playoffs, and their cross town inner city rivals the New York Giants won the super bowl, they had to do SOMETHING to steel some of the front page New York tabloid attention from the G-Men.
And in THAT area, they have succeeded.
Now, allow me to talk about why a system in which Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow split the snaps is an abysmal idea that won’t work.
First of all, Sanchez is already a QB that has constantly had to here about how he can’t win the big one 100 times all day, every day in his own city, the world’s biggest media market. That would shake even the most confident of cats, and Sanchez simply is anything but that.
Second of all, NO starting QB likes to look over to the sidelines at the guy that fans could be begging for to take his place at any moment. Every sack he takes, fans will be thinking that Tebow could’ve avoided it. Every interception he throws, the boo birds will come out and the fans will be pleading for Tebow. And every game the Jets lose, the Jets faithful will ignore Tebow’s stats which say he is FAR from an elite QB and focus on the fact that Tebow is a winner. He always has been. If you don’t think that will weigh heavily on Sanchez, you are beyond naive.
4th, doesn’t the “wild cat” offense generally work a little better when your team has a stellar running back? Shonn Green is almost certainly NOT that guy.
Last of all, when has this whole one guy is the starter and the other guy will run wild cat like special packages EVER worked? Hell, you don’t even have to look back that far for a comparison. Think Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick and the 2009 Philadelphia Eagles. That certainly didn’t last long, did it?
I’ve never been one to put THAT much stock in the preseason. Hell, the San Francisco 49ers had an abysmal preseason last year, only to go on to win 13 games and play for the NFC championship. But I do know that the New York Jets didn’t score a single offensive TD all preseason. That is not good.
The Jets were 21 in passing yards per game and 22nd in rushing yards per game in 2011. I think they will be worse in both areas THIS season. Their 2011 season also proved that they will no longer be able to win games on defense alone. Despite being 5th in pass defense and 13th in run defense, the Jets won only 8 games and missed the playoffs.
My prediction is that at some point in the 2012 season, the Jets will lose a few in a row, Sanchez will play poorly, and Tebow will end up being the starter. They will STILL lose with Tebow as their QB, fans will then call for his head, and the season will end with the Jets once again missing the playoffs, and the Jets attempting to rid themselves of Tebow, Sanchez or maybe even both in the coming offseason.
I wouldn’t wanna be a New York Jets fan this season. It’s gonna get ugly.
PREDICTION: 6-10, 3rd in the AFC East
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