There is a lot of talk these days, about why Tim Tebow has not been used by the Jets. Recently, it came to light that there are contract escalators in Tim’s contract, based on playing time, which caused a lot of speculation that front office members are preventing Tim Tebow from taking the field due to money. OL coach Dave DeGuglielmo did nothing to stop that speculation, when he announced that the platoon of Matt Slauson and Vladimir Ducasse has been mandated from high above him. The conspiracy theorists are now out in full force with Jets fans, with the theory that the front office is dictating playing time, and this is why Tim Tebow has not seen the field to replace Mark Sanchez as the starting quarterback.
I see that side of the argument. Unfortunately, a lot of what happens in sports is dictated by money. Players that make a lot of money are often handed spots in a lineup of a team, while players that don’t are relegated to backup duty. Believe me, I am not blind to the fact that money rules, especially in sports. What I am saying is that in THIS situation, I don’t believe it applies, and I know that I am in the minority. Why? Because in this situation, the parties that would have to be lying or ignorant are not smart enough to pull off the scheme. The behavior of the Jets participants is so transparent, they would not have the acting ability to pull this off. Let me explain what I mean. Let’s look at the “players”, and how this conspiracy would have to play out, for this to be truly about money:
PLAYER NUMBER ONE:HEAD COACH, REX RYAN
Rex Ryan is a loyal coach. He, like a lot of head coaches, has guys that are “his” guys, and he sticks with them through thick and thin. We have seen it on defense, as he sticks with Bart Scott and Calvin Pace, even though to even the casual fan’s naked eye, it appears that they both are running in quicksand. We have all been calling for the benching of these two guys all season long, have we not? But Rex sticks with these guys. Same thing with Mark Sanchez. Has he not been loyal to Mark Sanchez for the last 3.75 years? He has stuck by this guy, no matter how his performance has been, great or terrible. Look at the picture to the left. You ever see Rex interacting with Tim Tebow that way? Nope. Rex loves Sanchez, and he has always loved Sanchez. Why? Because he is a loyal guy, that’s his character. For this to be all about contract escalators, we have to believe that Rex has all of a sudden given up on Mark Sanchez. That he now wants to bench him, and wants to play a quarterback he never interacts with, but yet he is pretending to be loyal to Mark because of a mandate from the front office. Despite the fact that he has always been loyal to Mark, now, it is only an act. Does anyone think Rex is that good an actor? I sure as heck don’t.