Should Gang Green Grab Tebow?



McManus By Jane McManus

LaRon Landry isn't going to cut it. The safety may be an upgrade, but where is the sizzle?

Since the Mike Tannenbaum era began, there has usually been some blockbuster trade, a free-agent chase, a 1 a.m. conference call to announce that Santonio Holmes is on his way to New York.

But this year? Zzzzzzzz.

But what if the team can sign Tim Tebow to back up Mark Sanchez at quarterback?

Think about it. Tebow became available once ardently pursued free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning gave his final rose to Denver.

Tebow to New York. It may not seem like a natural fit. The City of 24-hour Temptation seems like an odd place for such a pious player. But it almost makes football sense. As former general manager Vinny Cerrato noted on "The Michael Kay Show," Tebow's style suits the running game favored by new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.

Tebow could come in and run the Wildcat. And since Tebow is a proven game-winner, he could provide competition for Sanchez without hurting the incumbent's feelings. Tebow would also have trade value.

But most important, having the man who has become a verb sign with the Jets keeps the team in the national spotlight even though it has been overshadowed by the cross-town Super Bowl winners. The Jets may not win many NFL championships, but they do win back pages.



Cimini By Rich Cimini

If the Jets are entertaining thoughts of Tim Tebow, even fleeting thoughts, they should do what Tebow himself can't: pass.

From a football standpoint, there is no reason to make that move. It would be the franchise's worst decision since hiring Rich Kotite. The risk far outweighs the upside -- unless the folks in the business office are calling the shots and all you care about is selling Tebow jerseys.

The Jets would be signing up for a quarterback controversy, and that's the last thing they need after professing their love for Mark Sanchez. Look, we can argue all day if he deserved the contract extension, but he got it and now the Jets have to do everything they can to help him succeed.

Tebow would create a distraction. If Sanchez has a bad quarter, the crowd would be chanting for Tebow. The Jets don't need that headache. After last season's turmoil, this season needs to be about bonding.

Tebow wouldn't be a bad alternative at quarterback if he could actually, um, play quarterback. What he did last season was wonderful for the sport, but he was a novelty act with no sustainability. Why do you think John Elway moved heaven (oops, sorry Tim) and earth to get Peyton Manning? Because he knew the Broncos couldn't succeed long-term with Tebow. He always knew; he finally found the ideal way to escape Tebowmania.

Some people will bring up the Wildcat, how Tebow would be perfect for new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, who introduced the Wildcat in 2008. Well, yeah, he'd probably perform well in that role, but does it make sense to risk a quarterback controversy/sideshow for a few plays a game?

No, it doesn't. The money it would cost to have Tebow -- $1.1 million in 2012 -- would be better spent elsewhere. Like on a wide receiver or a right tackle or just about anything else.