A quarterback that took the very same cast of a 1-4 team, and turned them into the AFC West Champions, and to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in over 6 years. Tim brought life back into a team that had gone 7-22 in their previous 29 games, and was listed amongst the NFL’s worst teams two and a half years running. The Broncos decided to go with the experienced Peyton Manning, and traded Tebow to the Jets, upon his request. Certainly, when Tim made the decision to come to Florham Park he never was made to fully understand Rex Ryan’s undying loyalty to Mark Sanchez, and all the Jets in the locker room that are staunch Sanchez supporters that would reject the notion that Tim Tebow could lead them to the promised land.
As things got worse and worse, the leadership team of Rex Ryan and Tony Sparano seemed to believe that Mark Sanchez continuing to lose football games was what was in the best interest of the New York Jets. Yet, despite Sanchez throw interception after interception, stumbling and fumbling all over the football field, Tebow was never once given an opportunity to shine. Yet he continues to receive and “F” grade by the predominate amount of the local & national media, other Jet players, and fans alike.
The real bottom line story of the Jets 2012 season, is that the Jets awful 6-10 season had absolutely nothing to do with Tim Tebow, because he can only do what the Jets management and coaching staff would allow him to do. Tebow was nothing more than the student, and the coaches are the teachers. And if Tebow didn’t get any better as a player, I blame that squarely on Rex Ryan and his coaching staff. It is their job to take an average player, and turn him into an above average player, an above average player, and turn him into an outstanding player. The staff didn’t (i.e. wouldn’t) work with Tim and he never got to show what he did get to show in Denver, that he is a winner, no matter how he gets it done.
No, Tebow gets an “I” for incomplete because he was never given any real opportunity to lead the 2012 Jets, even though he should have, as awful as Sanchez was, which was no fault of Tebow’s at all. It’s the coaching staff that deserves the “F” for the Jets 2012 season, for being absolutely clueless about what to do with this rising star that was gift wrapped for them on March 21st, 2012. And “I” for Tebow, and an “F” for the Coaching staff equals an “What If?” for the 2012 New York Jets. The Jets media & fans need to quit blaming an incomplete on the “student,” when he was never given enough assignments to juristic a grade by the “teachers.” The blame for the Jets 2012 failure was clearly on Rex Ryan & the staff. How Rex still has a job gives Woody Johnson an “F” as an owner as well. But don’t blame Tebow. He, quite literally, had NOTHING to do with it.