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OT: NY Jet teammates rip backup Tim Tebow


Posted: 11/14/2012 11:05 AM

OT: NY Jet teammates rip backup Tim Tebow 

NY Jet teammates rip backup Tim Tebow, believe 'terrible' quarterback hasn't improved

Despite Mark Sanchez’s league-low 52% completion rate and league-high four red-zone interceptions, the players believe he should remain the starter over Tebow

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Tebowmania may have captivated the NFL last season, but Tim Tebow’s new team doesn’t believe that he’s a savior.

More than a dozen Jets players and members of the organization painted a sobering picture of the player who rallied the Broncos to the playoffs last season. In their eyes, he’s simply not very good.

The prevailing thought in the organization is that Tebow is nothing more than a gimmick.

“He’s terrible,” a defensive starter told the Daily News.

Although Tebow told The News last month that he has made improvements as a quarterback over the past few months, none of the people in the organization who spoke to The News shared that sentiment.

Both offensive and defensive players admitted that they hadn’t noticed any appreciable improvement in Tebow’s quarterback skills in practice since he was traded to the Jets in March. Tebow has been a poor practice player throughout his career. His current teammates echoed sentiments from Denver Broncos players a year ago about the lefthanded signal caller’s poor practice performance.

The 3-6 Jets’ dwindling playoff chances haven’t changed this mind-set in the locker room: Tebow isn’t a panacea.

Despite Mark Sanchez’s league-low 52% completion rate and league-high four red-zone interceptions, the players believe he should remain the starter over Tebow, who has accounted for only 132 total yards and averaged seven offensive snaps per game. Rex Ryan has backed Sanchez without publicly guaranteeing that he will be the starting quarterback for the rest of the season.

Left guard Matt Slauson, who has repeatedly supported Sanchez, made it clear that the fourth-year signal caller is the Jets’ best quarterback.

“It’s not even close,” Slauson said. “All the other quarterbacks know it. I have all the confidence in Mark. We don’t really have a choice.”

When asked about the team’s two other quarterbacks on the depth chart as possible alternatives — Tebow and Greg McElroy — Slauson clarified that the Jets really have only one other quarterback.

“We have Greg . . . and we have an athlete,” Slauson said.

But could the Jets win with Tebow as the No. 1 quarterback?

“Do I have to answer that question?” a veteran starter said, shaking his head.

To most of the people in the organization, Tebow is nothing more than a specialty player who doesn’t have the requisite skills to be a true quarterback in the league. “We don’t look at him as a quarterback,” another starter said. “He’s the Wildcat guy.”

The designation dismisses Tebow’s success in Denver last season. Despite Tebow’s magic from a year ago, the Jets still view Sanchez as a much better option and have no immediate plans to bench him, according to sources. None of the members of the organization interviewed by The News believed that a zone-read offense tailored to Tebow’s strengths can help the Jets reverse their fortunes.

“Hell, no!” another starter said. “You got to keep defenses honest. You just can’t line up in the Wildcat all the time. That won’t work.”

Tebow’s legs provide a tempting alternative for the Jets’ slumping offense. “That’s the real threat he brings,” defensive lineman Mike DeVito said.

“He’s a winner,” said a Jets source, who made it clear that even though he wanted Tebow to get more playing time, Sanchez should remain the starter. “If he stays on the field long enough, usually good things happen.”

But most members of the Jets don’t believe that what they saw from Tebow last season is sustainable. “We can’t win running that sh--,” one player said.

They think Tebow’s heroics in Denver were a mirage.

“Now we’re depending on miracles?” a member of the organization said. “You can’t play that way.”

However, Sanchez’s poor play raises legitimate questions about whether a change — if only temporary — is in order for a team that has lost nine of the last 12 games dating back to last season.

The decision-makers don’t think that’s the right course of action. “It would take extreme poor play. . . . like a five-interception game,” said a prominent member of the organization. “Something where it was just ridiculous. It would take Mark to totally just sh-- the bed and become unglued (before there was a quarterback change).”

The organization has factored Sanchez’s weak supporting cast of skill position players into the equation.

“Look at some of the players he’s throwing to,” a Jets official said. “It’s garbage.”

Said another Jets source: “I’ve seen better receiving corps in college than we have on our team.”

So, who wants Tebow to be the starter?

“Nobody,” a member of the team said.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 11:40 AM

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Oh, and is also ripping on Rexy for letting Woodhead go. Here's the [LINK].

As for the first article, wow, no way BB would allow those kinds of comments to come out of the Patriots locker room. Even when there were players we all knew weren't doing well and would likely get cut, you never heard a bad word said about them from the Patriots organization. 

At this point, I'd say the Jets will be lucky to get back to 8-8  

Tebow is done in NY, though no fault of his own. They won't get a trade for him now, no one needs a back-up that bad - yeams will wait til he hits waivers.

The last 5 games of the Jets season aren't too tough - all losing teams. So they could possibly squeak a 9-7 record. But I don't see it. 6-10 more likely. And that may either end it for Rex or at the very least see some of his personnel control taken away.
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Posted: 11/14/2012 2:53 PM

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From a few things I read 3-4 weeks ago, - I'd say "whatshisname" the Jets owner, and maybe other front office types are the Jets REAL problem. - Start to make Jerry Jones look almost timid, .... Wouldn't be surprised to see Rex take the hit though.

Last edited 11/14/2012 2:53 PM by Hunter07

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Posted: 11/14/2012 2:56 PM

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I know it'd never happen, but I'd laugh my guts out if the Jets canned Rex and BB hired him as DC.
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Posted: 11/15/2012 1:08 AM

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I would love that! But only if BB gave Ryan almost full reign to get things done! Thats what this team needs. Rex is not a HC but a defensive expert he is.
dokgonzo wrote: I know it'd never happen, but I'd laugh my guts out if the Jets canned Rex and BB hired him as DC.
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Posted: 11/15/2012 11:37 AM

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Not to mention the mind-you-know-what it'd be to the Jets FO. Knowing that Rexy would be the DC of your arch-rival for the next few years. Brutal.

The big question would be if Rexy's ego could swallow the demotion. He could learn a lot about how to handle himself and the media from being around BB and the Pats. It'd be good for him, good for the Pats, bad for the Jets.
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Posted: 11/15/2012 4:41 PM

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And the beat goes on ...

Tim Tebow responds: Being called terrible is ‘frustrating,’ ‘saddening’

Rex Ryan rips team for Tebow report

The Rex money quote from the second article:

"Quite honestly, I feel extremely confident this football team is coming closer together, than what maybe is being thought of as pulling apart," Ryan said. "I definitely don't see that."

Of course, Rex also declared this year's tem the best Jets he's had, so his perceptions may be a little askew.
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Posted: 11/15/2012 10:27 PM

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First thing Rex has to do is take a page from BB's coaching book,  - and get those total idiots to clam up.  They can't let every motor-mouth on the team sat squat about anything. Coaches coach & players play ... that's how it works.
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Posted: 11/15/2012 10:48 PM

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Yup. But that's not how Buddy rolled, and that's not what Rex learned from Buddy.
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Posted: 11/16/2012 8:23 PM

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Posted: 11/16/2012 8:29 PM

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I'd say that pretty well "hits the nail on the head", ...
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Posted: 11/16/2012 11:20 PM

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As we predicted at the beginning of the season, once the sports media smells blood in the water ...

One word to describe Jets? Finished!

Let's be real: The Jets are closer to the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft than making the playoffs. Sunday was their chance to reverse the season, to make a statement with the biggest road win of the Ryan era. With the bye, they had two weeks to prepare, mentally and physically.

They responded by managing only 185 total yards, committing three turnovers, sabotaging their only scoring threat with two mind-boggling mistakes and allowing three long touchdown passes -- the last of which was thrown by a wide receiver, Golden Tate.

NY Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum torched in chat with WFAN's Mike Francesa

Francesa railed on Tannenbaum for saying the Jets were just a couple of plays away from some more wins. “The Miami game, how is it one or two plays?” Francesa asked. “What play are you looking for? A 20-point touchdown? You lost the game 30-9?
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