Geno Smith. Smith did not put up any statistically impressive numbers. He didn’t throw for 300 yards – hell he didn’t even crack 200. But that didn’t mean the young brother was not efficient. Smith finished completing 80% of his passes (16 for 20) accumulating 199 yards and three touchdowns. Most important stat: NO TURNOVERS. Good for Geno. This may be a turning point for him.
Terrelle Pryor. As with the case with Smith, Pryor didn’t blow anyone away on the stat sheet. But again, Pryor was efficient. Here was his stat line: 18/23 for 221 yards and two touchdown passes – and NO TURNOVERS (unlike his counterpart Philip Rivers’ three INTs).
Peyton Manning and Tony Romo. I do not care of Romo threw a last-minute costly interception. He threw for over 500 yards and FIVE touchdowns. Y’all need to blame the loss more on the Cowboys’ D for not stopping Manning. Speaking of which, Manning once again blew up the stat sheet: completed 33 out of 42 passes for 414 yards and four touchdowns.
Cincinnati Bengals’ defense. It’s one thing to hold the Patriots to single-digits on the scoreboard. It’s another when Tom Brady’s streak of games of throwing a touchdown pass is snapped. I loved the Bengals’ D before the season, and I am loving it even more now.
Matt Schaub. Schaub is the first quarterback in NFL history to throw a pick-6 in four straight games, including his first pass against the 49ers Sunday night. And he threw two more INTs after the aforementioned pick-6. God bless this dude.
Carolina Panthers. Something is not passing the smell test in Charlotte. QB Cam Newton is playing like Fig Newton and continues to underwhelm. The Panthers had NO BUSINESS losing to a bad Arizona team. The fact that the Cardinals beat them by double-digits should alone seal head coach Ron Rivera’s fate.
Jacksonville Jaguars. Just when I thought things could not get worse for the Jags, they looked even worse against the Rams. St. Louis easily dispatched the Jags, making it more likely that Jacksonville will not win a game this season. Someone should be placing a call to Tim Tebow ASAP.
“Bravo, New England.”
I’ll say this – this was one savvy move for New England. First of all, if any team could handle and meet Tebowmania at the pass it’s New England. If there is any coach who is able to withstand Tebow Nation, it’s Bill Bellicheat. Bellicheat has the cache, the coaching acumen, and security that the “foot doctor” Rex Ryan only wish he had.
It’s not like Tebow will be playing behind a fragile starting quarterback. It’s Tom Freaking Brady. I don’t think Brady will be looking over his shoulders at Tebow whenever he makes a bad throw. Plus, what better way for Tebow to learn and improve than to watch how Brady handle his business not only during games, but during practice and classroom time.
In New England, Tebow has one more thing in his favor – support.
It’s support in the form of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. For those who do not know (or forgotten), McDaniels drafted Tebow in the first round while he was the coach of the Denver Broncos. When McDaniels was fired, Tebow lost his biggest supporter despite finishing his rookie season with a 4-2 record, and a 7-4 record as a starter the following season.
I think the triumvirate of Bellicheat, McDaniels, and Brady will help bring Tebow along and develop him slowly. Tebow has the luxury of learning from arguably the best coach-QB combination in NFL history (I just threw up in my mouth while typing that).
Now whether Tebow is able to shine in limited time as a Patriot remains to be seen. However, neither Tebow nor the Patriots have anything to lose.
This is easily a win-win all the way around.
The team acknowledged that the one-year experiment failed in letting the popular – yet polarizing – backup QB go. Head coach Rex Ryan said as much:
“We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow. Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped. Tim is an extremely hard worker, evident by the shape he came back in this offseason. We wish him the best moving forward.”
Now that Tebow has been released, he should set his sights on the Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback job.
I mean let’s face it, I don’t think Blaine Gabbert is making people in Jacksonville think that he is the franchise QB he was brought in to be. If Gabbert is the answer, then what the hell is the question?
Look at Gabbert’s career stats for a minute. In his 2011 rookie season he threw 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, with a passer rating of 65.4. He lost five fumbles, accounting for 16 of his teams’ turnovers. Last season he was A LITTLE better (despite playing in 10 games), throwing nine touchdowns and six interceptions, with a passer rating of 77.4.
Now in Tebow’s only season as a starting quarterback in Denver, he passed for 12 touchdowns and only six interceptions – along with a 72.9 passer rating. He also rushed for 660 yards and six touchdowns. He accounted for a big portion of his team’s offensive production.
Look, I’m not saying Tebow is the second coming of Johnny Unitas or Dan Marino. I’m just saying that Tebow would be a marked improvement over Gabbert. Could you imagine the type of run-heavy offense if Tebow was starting for Jacksonville? He could use Maurice Jones-Drew in the similar read-option offense that has helped Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III. That would free up the passing game with defenders keying on Tebow and Jones-Drew running the ball.
In case you forgot how effective Tebow could be, check this out:
Yeah, this Steelers fan STILL has nightmares over this. I would be in a state of denial if ESPN didn’t show that highlight a thousand times.
Oh and speaking of ESPN, I would LOVE to see First Take’s Skip Bayless’ reaction over the news of Tebow’s release. My guess is he would either be sad and somber or jumping up and down in his chair ranting and raving over how Tebow was mistreated and how he could still play in this league – all while professing his love for Tebow.
My money is on the latter.
I mean sure, it’s easy to blame QB Mark Sanchez and his God-awful play this season. After all, he has thrown only 13 touchdowns and 17 interceptions this season – all while barely completing over 50% of his passes. Coupled with his 12 lost fumbles, Sanchez has a grand total of 29 turnovers.
But let’s be honest about something: was Sanchez REALLY given a chance to succeed this season? How about we recap the moves of the Jets’ “brain trust” (general manager Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Rex Ryan)?
1) They wooed Peyton Manning last offseason. Well I must admit, I would have tried to woo Peyton as well. After all, he is arguably the best regular season QB in NFL history.
However, that sent a signal that the Jets really didn’t see a future with Sanchez. And instead of making an exit plan, the “brain trust” decided to…
2) Give Sanchez a questionable extension. His $8 million guarantee hamstrings the Jets’ plans at QB next season. They can’t cut his ass because of the big cap hit next season. Now the Jets and Sanchez will be stuck with each other. The “brain trust” didn’t stop there…
3) Tannenbaum and Co. did not help Sanchez in skill player acquisitions. It’s kind of hard for any QB to succeed if he does not have good players at wide receiver and running back. Running back Shonn Greene was drafted to be THE guy, but is just another guy (average at best). And who is Sanchez throwing to? If Dustin Keller is your team’s best pass catcher, God help it.
And last, but not least…
4) The Jets brought in Tim Tebow. I knew this would shake up Sanchez’s confidence. I didn’t think it would be go THIS badly for him.
Meanwhile, did the Jets sell Tebow a bit of goods or what? After promising Tebow a shot at the starting job, the Jets’ coaching staff all but made him a gimmick. A few plays here, a series there.
And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the Jets are now turning to Greg McElroy to start the next game and perhaps the last game of the season. I don’t blame Tebow for wanting out, even if he is as terrible of a practice player as the Jets have led on.
So there you have it folks – the hot mess that is the New York Jets organization. Even if the team cleans house after this season (firing both Ryan and Tannenbaum), it will still be set back for at least another season.
After all, there is a reason why the name “Jets” = “Just End The Season”…
There is a team from New York (who for some reason plays in New Jersey) that is making some major headlines this offseason and now preseason. You’d think it’s the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, right?
To quote Chris Rock, “ooooh NO!”
Try the Jets. You know, the same team that finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs last season. The same team that had an implosion last season. The same team that had not one, but two brawls in training camps.
And last but sure as hell not least, the same team who brought in Timothy Richard Tebow.
You know, I was hoping that HBO’s Hard Knocks would return to Jets training camp. Especially given the cast of characters this season, including Tebow.
Unfortunately, the NFL is not merely about making headlines, generating buzz, and having ESPN set up shop and talk about you all the time. It’s about winning games.
Speaking of which, from looking at their 2012 regular season schedule and how better the AFC East has gotten, I’d be surprised if the Jets matched their win total from last year. Hell, look at their first five games: host Buffalo, at Pittsburgh, at Miami, host San Francisco and Houston.
Look for the aforementioned Tebow to take over after Week 5 at home against Indianapolis. They’ll probably be no better than 1-4 at that point.
Again, this team is nothing more than that train-wreck that you cannot keep your eyes off of. Nothing to see here folks…
P.S. the more I see that moron from ESPN’s First Take Skip “Brainless” Bayless wax poetic (more like going ape-shit) over Tebow, the more I think Brainless will drop his drawers and jerk off on the set.
In a rare – and I do mean rare – instance, I agree with ESPN First Take’s Skip Brainless.
Skip disagreed with Tim Tebow’s notion that athletes should be role models. Skip flat out didn’t like what Tebow said at all, while supporting his Christian point of view.
Bravo, Skip (as I threw up in my mouth typing that).
The only people who should be role models are PARENTS, not some cats who are great at playing kids’ games for lots of money. I think back to what Charles Barkley said on that Nike commercial way back when. People were mad at Sir Charles for speaking the truth, and that’s a sad commentary on our society.
As much as I loved Jerry Rice growing up, I didn’t try to follow his lead in life off the field. Hell, if anything I knew I would eventually be let down by Rice or other athletes by scandal, issues on the field or the locker room. After all, athletes are not perfect – and a lot do not give a damn if they are or not.
My dad has been the real role model in my life. I followed my dad’s example in how to provide by a family, how to be a good father and husband, a law-abiding citizen. And he is still doing the damn thing 70 years and counting. By the way, my father wasn’t the only one: favorite uncles, ministers, and big cousins were good role models for me.
Now anyone who follows this blog knows I am a big fan of Tebow. I respect his willingness to be a role model. I respect his willingness to call out athletes for not being role models.
I just think he is a bit naive…
The Denver Broncos traded Tim Tebow to the Jets yesterday. While the Broncos – namely John Elway – were happy to rid themselves of Tebowmania, the Jets have no idea what they are in for.
As I mentioned earlier, the Jets were a circus last year. Actually they were worse than a circus – they were a MESS. Now the Jets are going to place a green dude like Tebow in that locker room? Are you kidding me?
First of all, the last thing incumbent QB Mark Sanchez needs is a fan favorite as a backup. Tebowmania is going to be much bigger in the NYC than in Denver. No disrespect to Denver, but there is a reason why NYC is called “the media capital of the world”.
At any rate while I agree that Sanchez has been overly coddled, dude did lead the Jets to the AFC title game his first two seasons. Sure he took a step back, but I think he will bounce back now that he has time to learn from his mistakes last season. Sanchez is not mentally strong enough to deal with Tebowmania, especially after a few poor throws.
I think Tebow would have been better served playing in Miami. From what I understand, the Dolphins really wanted Tebow to play for them. I know Tebow is from Jacksonville and the Jaguars did make a push for him, but I think that was more from ownership than the front office and coaching staff.
Plus, you mean to tell me Dolphins are set with David Garrard – a dude who didn’t even play last year? Really? Tebow would have been starting games by Week 3.
I am on record as being a Tebow fan. I still think this kid can and will be a productive starting QB in this league. I think he has the ability to succeed.
I just do not think it will be in New York.