Posts Tagged ‘rex ryan’

a Real Song of Ice and Fire

June 11, 2013

hoodie

On May 9th, Mike Florio reported that Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports (a man of questionable authority to begin with) that “Belichick hates Tebow”.

As if the story did not already have too many Mikes in the equation, they went on to quote “organizational sources” and “unnamed head coaches” to firm up the claim.

Six weeks ago, Tebow was released by the Jets to – as most assumed – fade away into obscurity. When I read the original Mike Florio article to my wife, I said it sounded like a bit of misdirection by the guys in Foxboro if it was actually really said by anyone attached to the Patriots organization.

If misdirection was intended, it worked like a charm and now all the commentators are proclaiming it was the “perfect match” all along.

Whatever.

The Jets may have taken Tebow originally with the idea of doing something with him but never quite figured out what that might be.

The sports talking-heads are now saying that Belichick always likes taking on “projects” and many have not turned out well. Remember Albert Haynesworth?

But other ones have turned out pretty good, like Randy Moss.

And Belichick has a way of shutting down the “media circus” that seems to follow Tebow wherever he goes.

True, true, and true… but these guys are still overlooking one final thing that might be a more interesting angle:

Belichick loves to get the New York Jets’ goat whenever he can. Whether spying on them or simply trashing them (not hard to do, it seems) Bill loves to goad the Jets.

Now he can – possibly – use a tool they discarded against them in a very public way.

I doubt he will pull Brady out of the games against the Jets (two a year, if memory serves me [LOL]) but I can certainly see him using the fellow in the games to show them what they coulda, woulda, shoulda done.

Darren Sharper (an analyst at NFL network) contends that the entire thing is a mistake that Tebow is not a quarterback… apparently he has never seen any of the stats from his high school, collegiate, or NFL career. Either that or he simply tends to ignore the stats because “everyone knows” he can’t play quarterback.

That’s a very Rex Ryan attitude to take. And we can see how well it served him and the Jets last year.

Many people think the Patriots are taking Tebow to change him into a tight end or running back. But, no, he has been hired as a quarterback.

If there can be any good brought from this relationship, you know Belichick will find it. Maybe not this season, but later on. Brady will not last forever. Not saying Tebow is his logical heir, but who knows what the future may bring.

The Wizard of Oz and the Wizard of Menlo Park are really no match for the man behind the curtain in Foxboro. The wizard in the gray hoodie makes the incomprehensible seem to make more sense than the power struggles behind each episode of “Game of Thrones”.


So there will be no quarterback controversy in New England like we saw in Denver and New York. No one is going to doubt that Brady is THE starting quarterback.

And there will no longer be a Tebow media circus… not in Foxboro. There, Belichick has always been the one-man circus.

Advertisements

Quarterback Mania

April 2, 2013

namath1

The Jets are having QB competition according to their Head Coach, Rex Ryan. He seemed to have gotten over his personal “Mark Madness” and realized Sanchez may just not be their “go-to” guy.

Yes, Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy, David Garrard, yes and even Tim Tebow, all get to compete for the role.

And as if that wasn’t too many QB’s the Jets were also looking to acquire Kevin Kolb, but he’s just signed with another New York team, Buffalo… yes, that’s a football team, what’d you think it was?

So, they are making noise about wanting to draft Geno Smith as another QB.

And with five QB’s on their roster, one can only wonder if it will be enough?


That’s a joke, right?


Even working all five in rotation, I don’t think they’ve got a prayer.
[Sorry, Tim]


a Tale of Two… uh, Tales

January 23, 2013

http://espn.go.com/… Tim Tebow forced on New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, GM Candidate Interviewee says

I saw this recent story posted under some video with “sports commentator” (and I use the term lightly) Skip Bayless pontificating on the state of … well, whatever it was he thought was important in that moment… I do not find him important enough to bother listening to anything he has to say…

But, this post is not about the Skipless, nor will I allow the Baylness to hijack this post, either. For this is a blog about Two Cities: New York and – you guessed it! – New York.

The city so huge they had to name it twice. So huge that it actually has two pro football teams! And so huge that they cannot fit either of those teams actually in New York, so they outsource both to New Jersey.

Anyway, making a short story longer, the owner of the Jets was supposed to have been the one that was so hot to get Tebow, so adamant that he went after the fellow doggedly… and now it seems it was “forced” on him by an employee. Now what sort of inverted organization is that where an underling forces the boss to do anything?

And, apparently, Woody Johnson only recently made this discovery and fired the man who forced this travesty on the poor unsuspecting owner!! Shame on you GM Mike Tannenbaum!

And this shameless Tannenbaum even “forced” it on the President of the team as well. Either the owner and President were asleep for an awful long time or they bided their time to see if the former GM needed to be scapegoated. (Which, I believe, is one step less in severity than waterboarding… uh, whatever that is, huh?)

Let’s face it, if Tannenbaum’s little idea had taken the team to the Super Bowl, they would have announced that it had been the owner’s idea and he was a freakin’ genius!

But we can leave that parallel universe/alternate history for the fiction accounts sure to be released at the next ComicCon or IguanaCon, or what-have-you. We will deal with the facts here.

Tebow, a veritable force to be reckoned with, was forced on the unsuspecting Big Apple, after becoming the much hailed “last Denver QB to win a playoff game” – and the record still stands these many months later – to become the back-up to future hall-of-famer [maybe, you never know] Mark Sanchez, well known for his famous “playing dead” posturing on the field so he doesn’t have to actually tackle anyone, or pass, or run, or – you know – win games.

May-the-forced-Tebow-be-with-you did not sit well with the omnipresent Coach Ryan and he could not figure out how to use the clutch Heisman trophy player since he assumed they already had what he unhesitatingly called “a quarterback”. The man needs more than just his eyesight examined.

So they stood Tebow on the sidelines most of the season waiting for someone to cast the first stone… making sure none of the aforementioned objects flew in the direction of Coach Ryan who was… as you can guess… blameless! Because… as you can probably guess… Tebow had been forced on him!!!

Stoic Tebow did all the menial chores he was assigned, waiting patiently for the powers that be to notice Sanchez was a complete loser and sit the boy down and send in a real QB. You know, one who had taken his team to the playoffs and won a post-season game. But Ryan – again without the use of anything resembling good eyesight – misread his depth charts and sent in the wrong backup, forgetting the listed backup QB, Tebow, even existed… And I have heard rumors that the coach is actually on medication so he can do just that: forget Tebow exists.

Now the truth will out and it seems no one in the Big Apple actually wanted Tebow in the first place… Who knows who forced the idea on Tannenbaum!! So he was forced onto a team that nobody wanted, except for the fourteen million fans who finally anticipated a playoff berth under the guidance of said same Tebow.

And that’s the tale of two cities: New York (Jekyll) and New York (Hyde). The first has a Manning – not the one who isn’t the last QB to win a playoff game in Denver [if that phrase even makes sense!] – and the second has no QB, no management, no coaching, no responsibility, and no hope of any future. For the moment, at least.

The End.


I hope you enjoyed my little tale.

Personally, I am tired of the Tebow bashers and Tebow haters. I say give the guy a freakin’ chance before you bust his chops.

He surprised even his toughest critics in Denver by stepping in and turning their 2011 season around, getting into the playoffs and beating a team who was supposed to roll over them easily enough. Sure, Tebow didn’t make it all the way to the Super Bowl but there were 30 other teams who didn’t make it either. Cut him a little slack, fer chrissakes!

And people say he was a loser in NY. But when did the guy ever get the chance to show us what he has. Punt blocking? You’d think Tom Brady was a lousy player too if he only came in to punt block and run the wildcat on tough third down situations when everyone (yes, even the opposing teams) knew that Brady was going to get the ball.

They would not do that to Brady, or Manning (either of them), Flacco, Roethlisberger, Kaepernick, or any other QB in the NFL who has already proven his ability to win games. No, not even Sanchez, whose production is still more than a little iffy in that department. Even Romo doesn’t have to punt block or that other stuff.

Blame Ryan, Tannenbaum, Johnson, his Woody, or even Skip Bayless, but stop blaming Tebow for having a lousy year in New York. They never gave him a shot.

Of course, loyal Jets fans will be back next season, regardless of the outcome of this fiasco.

And I am certain Rex Ryan can give them an even bigger and better fiasco next season.


I’m Just Sayin’…

January 16, 2013

While it is a truism that no good deed goes unpunished, and equally true that sometimes you’ve only got one shot…

It is also true that a man is greater than the sum of his parts.

The new GM for the Jacksonville Jaguars – the team everyone assumed Tebow would next play for – has announced they really have no place in their organization for the man.

Most people have said that Tebow did miserably while at the Jets… but when was he given the chance? They used him sparingly over the season. The “brilliant” (a self-proclaimed moniker, I believe) coach Ryan would rather lose with Sanchez.

Tebow’s brother tweeted his side of the argument but he has no say in the matter. (If you missed that, he basically reminded everyone that the last playoff win in Denver was by none other than his brother, Tim.)

Analysts all claim that both Denver and New York have said he is a “terrible” QB.

If Tebow was such a bad QB, how could he take Denver on such a wild ride into the playoffs? Probably, had he gone all the way to the Super Bowl, they would still have said the same thing.

Why?

Because in practice, Tebow looks lousy.

Therefore he cannot play good enough for the NFL, right?

But practice is not the same as the game and some people are simply better when put in the right conditions.

A fine example of that is Kaepernick, the young QB who rallied the 49ers to beat the Packers, and that’s after he threw a pick-six on the opening drive.

Picking talent is a seemingly rare talent. There are too many stories about the “draft busts” over the years. Choices made by people supposedly good at judging talent.

Yet, as many people know, it is not always the quality of the stars that means the most. I remember a certain team out of Miami that was not full of the greatest stars in the NFL but they seem to have gone undefeated. Later greats like Dan Marino could not surround himself with a team like that.

What is that indefinable thing that causes some people to form into a great team, and for the individual parts to become better than they otherwise might have been?

Joe Montana was picked in the third round because they said he did not have arm strength that was NFL caliber. They said he couldn’t compete in the NFL.

Tom Brady was chosen in the sixth round because he looked positively horrible at the Combine. They said he couldn’t compete in the NFL.

And that shows you what their statistics and miles of “practice” footage will get you.

Tebow deserves a shot because he has already shown he can do the job.

But I don’t think anyone in the NFL is smart enough to know it. Or to look back at that footage.

What Is It With the Jets?

December 30, 2012

[Yes, yet another useless football-oriented entry… but don’t worry: the season is almost over!]

Sure we know that everyone ♥ New York but is the place becoming the “vacation year” for athletes?

Brett Favre came out of retirement and Green Bay immediately shipped the guy off to the Jets for one year. Then he was traded to Minnesota the next year and took them on a pretty good run into the playoffs.

Now Tim Tebow has gone to the same Jets for – apparently – only one year before being shipped off to who knows where… probably Jacksonville, where he wanted to go in the first place rather than… well, New York, which everyone ♥, by the way.

I know there is not enough data here to make any decent statistical analysis but what is going on here? Is New York the new sabbatical, or is it more of the new “Time Out” corner for slightly bizarre players? (Sure, you want to add “and coaches”… but Ryan has been there for more than a year.)

Maybe it is just some sort of jinx. I mean, two rather exceptional (though much maligned) quarterbacks have both spent their year in purgatory (i.e. New York Jets organization, not the city, which everyone ♥’s) in utter mediocrity before moving on to where they wanted to go in the first place.

Do the Jets just not know how to use talent when they get it or what? I mean, they did pretty good back in the days of Broadway Joe. He was able to take them places…

Ah, but that was in the days before Broadway Rex.

Don’t ya just ♥ New York?

Trying, Dying to Take it Back

November 16, 2012

I saw a very interesting article at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/14/tim-tebow-terrible-jets-teammate-mark-sanchez_n_2129173.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular,football where Jeff Darlington mentioned some reports in a New York paper by several teammates of Tebow who claim the reason he isn’t playing instead of Sanchez is because the boy is simply “terrible”!

Darlington tweeted: “@JeffDarlington: Hey, Jets players who anonymously ripped Tim Tebow to the NY Daily News today… The Broncos of Aug 2011 called. They want their quotes back.”

Yes, the Bronco fans were really pissed when Tebow arrived in Denver… they would have preferred a “good quarterback”. And let’s face it, Elway was very quick to send the boy up the Hudson River at the end of the season.

But the fans might want to eat those words after they got to ride the Tebow train into the playoffs… and should we say after rolling over the Jets?… nah, let’s play nice. Yes, the mediocre quarterback seemed to be a little bit better than anyone thought he could be.

But let’s get realistic here. Mark Sanchez was taken high in the draft to be THE guy in the Jets organization. And, yes, his early promise seems to have faded a little since then…

Well, maybe a LOT. After all, there are 31 other QB’s in the league rated better. And that would place Sanchez at… hm, let me see… oh, yeah, dead last.

So I can understand why the fans are so upset that Rex Ryan (“he of the rather large mouth”) won’t use Tebow better. And I can understand why the “anonymous teammates” that threw Tebow under the bus want things to stay as they are:

If the quarterback was better – and who could NOT be better than Sanchez? – then the rest of the team would actually have to start performing at something closer to a semblance of a professional level which means they would have to get off their overpaid behinds and do the job the fans expect of them rather than telling those same fans to shut up.

Maybe they forgot who is really paying their salaries – in the long run – just like the ownership of the NFL or the commish himself.

It seems to be some sort of disease creeping through the league and it is spreading its infection everywhere, from the top down.

I don’t know… maybe we should pray on it.

Ready for a little Tebowing?