AFC West: Tim Tebow to Jets

Tim Tebow.

I’ve typed the name countless times. I’m sure I’ve never typed another name more in any 23-month stretch of my 22-year career.

Did I want to write all things Tim Tebow since he was drafted by the Denver Broncos? It didn’t matter what I wanted. I had to write about Tim Tebow.

He became required coverage when Denver made him a surprise first-round draft pick. As soon as I saw ESPN’s cameras focused on Tebow talking on the phone while the Broncos were on the clock with the No. 25 pick of the 2010 draft, I knew everything was changing.

I knew it was Tebow Time.

I was warned. All of the coverage of Tebow leading up to the NFL draft created major traffic and drew strong interest. I knew he would affect the coverage of whatever division he came to. Still, I wasn’t prepared for the scope of what was to transpire in the next 23 months.

Tebow was everywhere. He was more than a sports story. He was an entertainment story. He was a political story. He was a religion story.

He was the story.

We probably could have had an all-Tebow blog and it would have been one of the most popular on the site. Did I write enough about Tebow? I don’t know if it was even possible.

The beauty of Tebow coverage is that everyone had an opinion. Many couldn’t get enough of Tebow; just as many complained that they had indeed had enough of Tebow. But the truth is, everybody read about Tebow. All the time.

It was an interesting, challenging journey. Now, Tebow leaves the AFC West and shifts to the AFC East, where I’m sure intense coverage and readership awaits. We will move on with much learned from the experience.

I wonder if the new guy in Denver will be any fun to cover?
Tebow-mania may be over in Denver, but by no means, is it dead.

In a lot of ways, it is just revving up.

That’s what happening when the most polarizing athlete in the world is sent to the world’s biggest media market. Broadway Tim. Is anybody ready for it? As the drama unfolds, I can’t help but think it is a bad fit.

It seems the Jets wanted Tebow for the wrong reasons. The Wildcat? Really? Isn’t that a thing of the past?

I think the Jets’ leadership was swayed by the perfume of Tebow-mania. I don’t think they fully understand its power. The Jets just turned Mark Sanchez into Kyle Orton.

Sanchez should immediately call and ask Orton for any advance on how to handle being the starter on a team in which Tebow was the backup. Orton can tell him a short story because he was yanked in the fifth game last year amid major fan pressure.

Every time Sanchez throws an incomplete pass, there will be calls for Tebow to be put in. It happened in Denver and it will happen in New York. For a young quarterback who needs to take the next step, putting Sanchez in the Tebow pressure cooker may not be a great idea. Add an already tumultuous locker room and the intense media coverage of New York, and Tebow-mania has a chance to implode this team.

Also, I don’t think it is a good move for Tebow’s career. Being reduced to a gimmick player is not what he wants. Tebow would have been much better off going to a place like Green Bay or New England where he could learn from a great quarterback. Even Jacksonville would have been a better professional and personal situation than in New York.

Tebow-mania may be shifting from the AFC West, but it will still be a major NFL focus as it has ugly potential.
The Denver Broncos must feel very good about Peyton Manning's health.

Can you imagine the position of the Broncos, who traded Tim Tebow to the Jets on Wednesday, if Manning has not recovered from a neck injury that cost him the entire 2011 season?

That risk is on the table. But, rest assured, the Broncos have thought about that scenario. Everything they have learned about Manning and everything they have seen from Manning makes the Broncos believe he will healthy for the season.

Sure, he could experience another injury. But every NFL player has that risk.

There’s no doubt, Denver feels great about not having Tebow moving forward.

It traded Tebow to the Jets on Wednesday because it wanted to move away from Tebowmania and it didn’t think Tebow fit in with the new offense that will come with Manning.

Now, the plan is to find a backup for Manning. There are several options, but keep an eye on former San Diego backup Billy Volek. Denver visited with former Chicago backup Caleb Hanie on Wednesday. He would be a candidate to be the No. 3 quarterback.

Video: Tim Tebow 'excited to be a Jet'

March, 22, 2012
Tim Tebow talks about joining the Jets, his role on the team, and his relationship with Mark Sanchez.

Tim Tebow trade odds and ends

March, 21, 2012
Via the Broncos, here is how the team’s current draft class looks after the Tim Tebow trade, and statements from John Elway and coach John Fox on the decision to trade Tebow to the Jets on Wednesday night:

Denver Broncos 2012 draft choices

Rd. (No.) How Acquired

1 (25) Own pick

2 (25) Own pick

3 (25) Own pick

4 (13) From New York Jets

4 (25) Own pick

5 (2) From St. Louis

6 (18) From New York Jets

Statement from Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway:

“Tim Tebow deserves an enormous amount of credit for what he accomplished and how he carried himself during his time with the Broncos. From taking over a 1-4 team and leading it to the playoffs to energizing our fans and this community, Tim left an extraordinary mark on this organization. His time in Denver will always hold a special place in Broncos history.

“As a former player, I know the last two weeks were not easy for Tim. He was put in a difficult situation, and I commend him for how he handled it with the same first-class manner he displayed throughout his career in Denver.

“Our goal was to do the best thing for Tim and the Broncos, and I believe the opportunity that presented itself with the New York Jets accomplishes that objective. Tim made a lot of strides last year and has a very promising career ahead of him. If anyone is willing to put the work in to be great, it’s Tim Tebow.

“I have a great deal of respect for Tim and the positive impact he makes both on the field and in the community. He has a bright future in this league, and I’m hopeful he will enjoy continued success with the Jets.”

Statement from Broncos coach John Fox:

“Tim Tebow brought an incredible spirit and spark to our team that helped us turn the season around. Along the way, he earned the trust of his teammates and coaches while inspiring our fans. His competitiveness, clutch performances and will to win played an instrumental role in our team earning a division title and advancing in the playoffs.

“Tim works as hard as any player I’ve ever coached, and that work ethic will continue to serve him well with the Jets. He goes out to practice early, stays late and comes in on his day off. Tim does everything in his power to get better. He’s not afraid to work, and we saw the results of his commitment last season.

“For good reason, Tim has always had a great following. He handled that aspect exceptionally during the amazing run we had. The poise and focus Tim displayed were remarkable and speak volumes for the strength of his character.

“A player and person like Tim don’t come around very often. He is real and he walks the walk. I’m looking forward to watching him continue his career with the Jets, and I wish him the very best."

No turning back: Tebow is gone

March, 21, 2012
Well, now it’s official. Tebow-mania is dead in Denver.

Ending an intense day of renewed trade talks with the New York Jets and renewed talks with Tim Tebow’s hometown Jacksonville Jaguars, the Broncos have sent Tebow to the Jets. This time it seems it’s for good.

The same trade parameters remain. The Jets get Tebow and a 2012 seventh-round pick. The Broncos get 2012 fourth- and sixth-round picks. The holdup was a $5 million bonus payment. The Broncos and Jets have decided to split it down the middle, so the Jets owe the Broncos $2.5 million. Bringing Tebow-mania to Broadway should make up for it by morning.

So long, Tebow-mania. It’s been something else.

Here’s my reaction to the trade when the news first broke Wednesday morning.

I will be back with more coverage of this story later.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Jacksonville Jaguars are trying to steal Tim Tebow now that the Broncos-Jets trade has hit a snag. The Rams are also in the mix. I think, regardless of what happens, Tebow will be traded.

Jacksonville is Tebow’s hometown and ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Tebow asked Broncos VP John Elway to try to deal him to the Jaguars. He may get his wish.

UPDATE: Schefter is reporting the trade will come down to either the Jets or the Jaguars.
The AFC West representatives (three of the four teams, at least) for the Madden ’13 cover chase have been announced.

The four players who survived the intra-team play-in round are: Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe, Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski, San Diego’s Antonio Gates and … Tim Tebow of Denver.


Denver’s representative is a player who is involved in a trade the team is trying to finalize with the New York Jets.

Tebow beat Denver linebacker Von Miller. Bowe beat Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson, Janikowski beat Oakland punter Shane Lechler and Gates beat San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers.

The winners are now in the final 32 and they will compete against players on other teams. The results from that round will be announced next Wednesday.

Schefter: Tebow deal hits snag

March, 21, 2012
Tim Tebow's trade to the New York Jets has hit a snag, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

The hang up involves contract language. If the two sides can’t resolve the issues, Schefter reports the St. Louis Rams could come in play.

I would think the Broncos would get this figured out in some form and will soon officially part ways with Tebow. It is clear they want to move on from him.

Tebow-mania in Denver is over.

The Broncos traded the unwanted quarterback to the New York Jets for a fourth-round draft pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. This wasn’t about compensation for the Broncos. They just wanted to move on from Tim Tebow as they focus on newly acquired Peyton Manning.

This Broncos brass never really wanted Tebow and this quick disposal of him proves it. So, it’s on to Broadway for Tebow.

I will have plenty more on this story later.

UPDATE: It is now being reported the Broncos will send Tebow and a 2012 seventh-round pick for a 2012 fourth-round pick and a 2012 sixth-round pick.