PLAYER NUMBER TWO:GENERAL MANAGER, MIKE TANNENBAUM
He is, admittedly, the toughest one to handicap in this because it’s hard to believe anything this man ever says. Heck, he typically doesn’t say anything that is not part of the script. He is the only general manager of a team that, when he is interviewed, is un-listenable because he gives you no insights. But there is one thing that we have been led to believe, per Mike Tannenbaum. What? That bringing Tebow in was a football decision. You know how I feel about that statement, but that is not the point, it is what he said. The second thing we know is that Tanny’s background is in money, accounting, the salary cap,..that type of thing.
Being that Mike Tannenbaum’s background is in money, and that he intended on Tebow being used, you have to believe that Mike didn’t read Tebow’s contract. You have to believe that Mike wasn’t aware of these contract escalators, and that he was so unaware of them, that he is complicit in not bringing him of the bench to play quarterback. He would have to have been so ignorant, that he knows he screwed up the money by making the trade, and is covering up by not using Tim. I, for one, don’t believe that Mike would be that stupid with a contract. HIS BACKGROUND IS IN MONEY. He had to be aware of the language of Tim’s contract, and wouldn’t have acquired a guy that the team couldn’t afford to use. Furthermore, I don’t think he is a good enough actor to make anyone believe anything. We don’t believe anything he says now as it is.
PLAYER NUMBER 3:OWNER, WOODY JOHNSON
Finally, we come to owner Woody Johnson. This is a man that loves headlines, undeniable. In recent years, he always has something to say, he makes rash moves in response to bad Jets’ seasons, even goes on TV to promote whom he supports politically. He loves the camera, and he loves headlines, sometimes to his detriment. Good or bad, that is who Woody Johnson has become. Henceforth, the move for Tim Tebow. Nobody on this planet right now, and certainly nobody in the NFL, generates headlines like Tim Tebow does. Heck, anytime he did ANYTHING on the football field for the Denver Broncos in 2011, it was national news. Just the name, Tim Tebow, makes national news anytime he is spoken. That is who Tim Tebow IS, and that is TAYLORMADE for the Woody Johnson business model.
Are we to believe that Woody Johnson is going to forgo all the headlines that he would generate if Tim Tebow played, because of money? If Tim Tebow ever succeeded Mark Sanchez as the starting quarterback, the Jets would be the king of headlines, and not just on the day after games. The leader of “Johnson & Johnson”, a man that certainly isn’t HURTING for money, is going to forget about all of the fame that he so craves and desires, because of a money issue? No way Jose.
Too many players, for too many far fetched scenarios for me to believe that he is being left on the bench because of money. Is it possible? Sure. But I don’t think it is happening here.
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