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SBD/March 22, 2012/Franchises
Does Acquisition Of Tim Tebow Means Jets Are Desperate For Attention?
Published March 22, 2012
WEIGHING IN: Pro Football HOFer Joe Namath yesterday appeared on ESPN Radio 1050 N.Y.'s Michael Kay show and said, "I'm sorry. I do not agree with this situation. I can't agree with it. I just think it's a publicity stunt. I really think it's wrong. I can't go for it" (NEWSDAY, 3/22). In N.Y., Mike Lupica writes the Jets “go out and get themselves a rock-star backup who happens to be one of the most famous athletes on the planet, and tell their fans he’s going to pitch middle relief.” Lupica writes, "The circus really can be a lot of fun. You just have to make sure you don’t end up looking like clowns in the end” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/22).YAHOO SPORTS’ Matthew Darnell writes Tebow to the Jets is “such an odd fit,” but a “bold and splashy move for the Jets.” No team closed the ‘11 season “on a more dismal note” than the Jets (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 3/21). In N.Y., Greg Bishop writes under the header, “Splashy Move, But Suspect Thinking.” What becomes “eminently clear is the risk in the acquisition, which has little to do with Tebow’s passing acumen and everything to do with the organizational culture the Jets have created, the desperation with which they operate” (N.Y. TIMES, 3/22). ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said, “This solidifies a level of ineptitude, a level of futility that the New York Jets have enjoyed for over 40 years...This is the reason why they are second-tier status, and this is the reason the New York Giants will always be the team in New York” (“First Take,” ESPN2, 3/22).
MAN WITH A PLAN? In Newark, Steve Politi writes whether the move “is a success or a flop will come back” to Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum, who has “tied himself to the most scrutinized player in the NFL.” How Tebow impacts the Jets “will be one of the more compelling stories in the league next season,” and it will “go a long way to defining the legacy of the man who brought him to the Meadowlands” (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 3/22).