John Idzik had Jets' circus leaving town even before releasing Tim Tebow
The Jets got Tebow for all the wrong reasons and got rid of him for the best one on Monday: He isn’t a good enough football player, whether they misused him or not. Only because this is New York is this now treated like the football crime of the century, right in there with what was treated like the basketball crime of the century, letting Jeremy Lin go play for somebody else’s team.
Idzik isn’t running the Jets so they can win the back page, or even the front page. He is trying to win them a Super Bowl, sometime before it becomes 50 years since Joe Namath. This he will try to do without gimmicks and quick fixes and some desperate need to make a splash.
Tebow? He isn’t the worst move the Jets made or even close, unless you think the fortunes of an entire franchise somehow can rest on a backup quarterback. Come on. Tim Tebow isn’t even the worst move the Jets have made lately with a quarterback, that happens to be the new contract they gave Mark Sanchez last year, one that must feel like a noose to Idzik. They were afraid Sanchez had a case of hurt feelings because they were looking at other quarterbacks and so they threw money at him they would have been better off burning.
They got him here and then clearly decided he couldn’t play. They didn’t want him and he didn’t want them and so it turned out that the joke was on pretty much everybody. But then this is what happens when you keep making one quick fix after another the way the Jets did, even if those quick fixes did have them within a game of the Super Bowl twice. All of a sudden you have created the kind of mess that requires this kind of big fix from John Idzik.
Idzik comes here and has to pay for the previous mistakes with Darrelle Revis’ contract, which made for terrific reality television, but really bad business. He has to pay — and keep paying — for Sanchez, whether he ends up releasing Sanchez or not. With Tebow, he only has to pay off the continued perception that the Jets are some kind of league-wide joke because of decisions made by a previous administration. Only they’re not.
And by the way? It doesn’t mean that Idzik’s Jets ever make it as far as Mike Tannenbaum’s Jets anytime soon. Or ever. It doesn’t change the fact that Idzik inherited a mess. One that included Tim Tebow. The great secret weapon who turned out to be no weapon at all. Tebow: Who probably now wishes he’d been traded to the moon before being traded to the New York Jets.
“We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow,” Rex Ryan said in a statement. “Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped. Tim is an extremely hard worker, evident by the shape he came back in this off-season. We wish him the best moving forward.”
Rex didn’t help Tebow and Tebow didn’t help Rex, not for a single down, for all the secrecy of training camp, as if the Jets were developing new drone technology and not the only kind of offense that could maximize Tebow’s limited skill set for the NFL. But again: What was hurting the Jets more even before they cut him? Tebow being a Jet or Sanchez being a Jet with that salary-cap-killing contract of his?
John Idzik isn’t suddenly Ernie Accorsi or Jerry Reese because Tim Tebow is gone. It just means that there is a different business model with the Jets now, whether Rex still thinks of himself as a ringmaster or not.
The Jets being a circus was a good story line around here, and for a while. It is just old news by now. And was before Idzik released Tebow. The people who keep saying that somehow these are the Same Old Jets are the ones who sound like the clowns.