Our major issue with the Jets' trade for Tim Tebow — something that really happened, not something you dreamt — is not that there's anything wrong with Tebow, that he's a terrible player, or that he's some sort of locker room problem. The issue is that Tebow, as a concept, sucks all the oxygen out of the room. The Jets are now "the team Tim Tebow plays on," which means every day, every time anyone talks to any professional football player about anything, Tebow's going to come up. And it's going to be about how Mark Sanchez is destined to lose his job.
This is the time of year when you only see pro football players when they're promoting some product. Yesterday, that product was the new NFL uniforms. Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (who apparently has shined up his image enough post-rape-accusations to start being the face of the NFL again? We guess?) were in the city to chat about the new duds, and, of course, Tim Tebow came up.
Here's Champ Bailey: "Oh, [Tebow's] going to challenge [Sanchez], absolutely," Bailey said. "Sanchez can't feel too comfortable in his seat. If he keeps playing well, he doesn't have to worry about it. But if he doesn't play well, we all know what's going to happen next."
And here's Roethlisberger: “I feel bad for [Sanchez],” Roethlisberger said. “It’s going to be tough. [Tebow is] going to be the most popular guy in the city."
This is going to keep happening, every single day, until Tim Tebow is the starting quarterback for the Jets. The Jets knew that when they traded for Tebow, right? Right?