Woody Johnson pushing for Tim Tebow to be the starting quarterback of the New York Jets? Not buying it. Recent reports are that New York Jets owner Woody Johnson might be pushing for Tim Tebow to take the reins as the starting quarterback, but that would go against what Woody Johnson has made a habit of doing: trusting those he has hired to do their job. Woody Johnson has put tremendous trust in Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum throughout their tenures.
Tim Tebow is the backup quarterback of the New York Jets and should be expected to remain in that role until Rex Ryan decides it is time to make the switch from Mark Sanchez. Don't expect any change to be fueled by Woody Johnson, despite recent reports to the contrary from ESPN's Rich Cimini. Woody Johnson has a reputation for trusting the people he has hired, bending over backwards at times to accommodate their wants and needs.
Even if Woody Johnson were to stop by Rex Ryan's office and suggest trying Tim Tebow as the quarterback, it's unlikely that Rex Ryan would listen. Any self-respecting coach knows how dangerous it is to allow owners to have specific say as to who plays and who doesn't. Sure, Woody Johnson signs the checks, but he signs those checks so Rex Ryan can make that call.
Besides, Woody Johnson has been appraised of the long term plan. The Jets locked themselves into Mark Sanchez for the next few years when they gave him a contract extension that reduced his salary cap number for this season but essentially locked them into having Mark Sanchez on the roster in 2013.
The Jets are essentially trying to get a final answer on Mark Sanchez. Going to Tim Tebow after a few bad games doesn't accomplish that. They need to let him definitively sink or swim from now through the 2013 season and either keep him around as the starter if he proves worthy or cut ties after the 2013 season if he implodes. Going to Tim Tebow as the starter prematurely clouds the validity of the decision and leaves Mark Sanchez as an albatross on the roster.
The Jets locked themselves into two more years of Mark Sanchez when they agreed to a contract extension with him this offseason. To abandon that plan after four games, with a 2-2 record, is the kind of hasty decision-making that can set a franchise back for a long time. Clarity is what's needed for the Jets right now, not rushed decisions forced by someone not charged with making personnel decisions.
That's not to say it can't happen, but it seems unlikely that an owner who was willing to pay for the team to have training camp up at SUNY Cortland the same year he had built a brand new practice facility in Florham Park because his Coach wanted to would start sticking his nose where it doesn't belong. This is Woody Johnson, not Jerry Jones.
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