Jets owner Woody Johnson got what he wanted when the Jets traded draft picks to Denver for Tim Tebow last spring. He got attention, he got the back pages and he probably sold a few more overpriced PSLs for MetLife Stadium.
The Giants were the talk of the town after winning their second Super Bowl in five years. But the Jets couldn’t be ignored now that Tebow was wearing green. Tebowmania made the Jets relevant again.
GM Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Rex Ryan fed the hype by promising Tebow was acquired for football reasons. He would be more than just a backup quarterback. He would be a dynamic addition to the offense, operating out of the Wildcat offense and on special teams, becoming the kind of weapon that would make defensive coaches lose sleep.