- Last Updated: 10:12 AM, December 12, 2012
- Posted: 12:42 AM, December 12, 2012
Walking through Newark Airport on Monday, I glanced at the Ben and Jerry’s in Terminal C and smiled. Not because I was in the mood for a cone, but I thought that a plaque should be put up there.
“This is where the 2012 Jets season went all wrong.”
It was there Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and coach Rex Ryan say they first discussed trading for Tim Tebow over milkshakes in March.
Jets fans have had indigestion ever since.
The move for Tebow has made no impact on the team’s offense, but it did create a major distraction that has derailed Mark Sanchez’s progress, created a media minefield for Ryan to navigate and left everyone around the Jets feeling sorry for Tebow, who has not seen the field in four weeks.
The Jets have not set many records this season, but here is one: mismanaging not one, not two but three quarterbacks. Has any team ever done that before?
The latest development came Sunday when Ryan decided to keep backup quarterback Greg McElroy inactive a week after he led the Jets to victory. The story after the game was that running back Joe McKnight had a migraine and they needed to keep Kahlil Bell active to have an extra running back. That led to McElroy being inactive. Bell played two snaps in the game and was waived yesterday.
McElroy probably got the same head-scratching feeling Sanchez and Tebow have felt in the last nine months.
When the Jets made the trade for Tebow, they were either delusional about what they were going to do with him or full of it. Ryan promised creative packages and 20 snaps in a game. He talked about his throwing ability (seven attempts this year) and how offensive coordinator Tony Sparano would have a field day creating new Wildcat wrinkles.
On Monday, Ryan admitted on ESPN radio that it hasn’t worked and that Tebow probably is disappointed he is here.
The Jets are fortunate in this regard. Tebow and Sanchez both have bit their tongues about their true feelings on the situation. Neither player wants to upset the team dynamic by complaining about it. Both have every right to complain.
Sanchez clearly has regressed this season. Is that because of Tebow? Probably not. But having the most popular player in the NFL behind him has not helped. Sanchez had his comfort zone ripped away in the offseason when the team dumped offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and backup Mark Brunell. Both moves were the right call for the organization but took a toll on Sanchez.
Then, instead of just having Drew Stanton or Chad Henne behind him, he got Tebowmania and everything that comes with it. Sanchez told friends that he was stunned by the move and initially was upset. He never has expressed that publicly, though.Follow @NYPostsports