I don’t think you can even debate the fact anymore, that this trade was thrust upon the Jets by owner Woody Johnson. The lack of any use of him in appropriate situations made it abundantly clear that the coaches wanted no part of him, and now hearing these quotes, you know the players don’t either. Yes, they were anonymous, but with that many of them, there is definitely some fire to that smoke. Yes, the players need to keep their mouths shut, but it is clear they have the same sentiment. And you know what this goes to show you? That this situation was going to happen, it was just a matter of when.
Think back to last year. If you can do so without throwing up in your mouth, you can remember the fact that this locker room had its problems. The comments to the press, and the bickering came to a head in Miami. They could say whatever they wanted to after the season was over, but there was no magic to healing that locker room. It was broken. Coming into 2012, there was a smoldering fire in that room. Was it as hot as it was in Miami? No. But was the fire out? Absolutely not. Without major roster changes, the only way to put that fire out was to win, and the Jets hadn’t done that yet. So the fire was undoutedly still there.
The last thing you do to a fire is throw gas on it. The trade for one Timothy Richard Tebow was throwing gas on the fire. Not because of his talent. Not because of anything that HE did. The attention he draws, is that very gas thrown on the fire. You see, when a locker room needs to be quieted down, and get back to playing football, the last thing you want to do is bring in a guy that draws extra attention. Whether you like him, or hate him, Tim Tebow draws more attention than some of the biggest stars in the game. He is a polarizing figure, and that is not going to settle a locker room down. That is going to set the locker room on fire again, eventually.
That is why this situation is unfortunate, but it was bound to happen. Thanks Woody.