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Like it or not, Tim Tebow is the new backup QB of the New York Jets. He’s here, and with that, all of the fanfare that comes with him. What will having Tebow on the Jets be like? Who better to talk to than the editor of our Denver Broncos website “Predominantly Orange”. Editor Kim Constantinesco was gracious enough to spend a few minutes with the Jet Press talking Tebow:
Jet Press: Now that Tim Tebow is a New York Jet, you have seen him more than most of us, what are your impressions of him as a QB? What can he bring to the table?
Kim Constantinesco: He’s a unique QB to say the least. Keep in mind, this is his first real off season in the NFL and he’s working his tail off right now. That’s one of his biggest assets – his motivation to succeed and his ability to put the nose to the grindstone.
Obviously he brings the running threat, and the ability to escape from the pocket and pick up 10 yards when he should have been taken down for a loss. The kind of heart and physicality he brings to the sport are part of the intangibles that everyone talks about.
Ultimately, he brings a winning attitude and doesn’t settle for less.
JP: What about his attitude? Everyone knows about the fractured Jets locker room, and there were mixed feelings from the team about bringing him in. Can he calm the storm, or will his arrival make things worse?
KC: A lot of that depends on how the coaching staff manages everything. Obviously there are some large personalities on that team. If the staff allows those guys to run the show, Tebow’s presence could make the inner turmoil worse.
Tebow is a team-first guy, so it won’t be anything personal between him and his teammates. If anything, it will be more turmoil as a result of how the coaching staff handles everything in relation to Tebow.
In Denver, Tebow brought the locker room together. Players fought to win for him. Those comebacks wins weren’t just a roll of the dice. When there’s chemistry in the locker room, it shows on the field.
JP: What, from your viewing of his play, does he need to improve on most to make him an effective NFL QB?
KC: His accuracy needs the most work. He’s been working with trainers not so much on throwing mechanics, but on body mechanics. The problem is not his arm. It’s other things. This is his first real off season in the NFL and he will make tremendous strides. In fact, I’m predicting that Mark Sanchez will not be your starting quarterback by the time November hits (Not due to injury of course).
JP: The Jets plan on using him in wildcat packages, in addition to being the number 2 QB, do you think that will benefit the Jets or continue to muddy the waters as far as their identity?
KC: NFL teams simply don’t win Super Bowls with a rotating quarterback system. They are going to have to pick one over the other. People talk about confusing defenses with two quarterbacks. Well, people know Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees are starting. There’s nothing teams can do to stop them. The Jets will have to narrow it down. Those practice reps are all too important.
JP: What is Tebowmania really like, from someone who experienced it first hand?
KC: Tebowmania will be different on the New York stage. In Denver, it had its own stage. You can expect not a load of bandwagon fans, but a load of aircraft carrier fans. As soon as Sanchez throws his first pick of the season, the “Tebow” chants will come out (The grass is always greener, right?).
The lights of the big city will drown out Tebowmania a bit, but make no mistake, he will still be the most popular QB in that town. Super Bowl winner Eli Manning? That’s back page news.
Thanks again to Kim Constatinesco for the insights.