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It is painful enough for player and organization that the door has all but officially closed on Tebow’s virtually fruitless time here. It shouldn’t slam on his reputation, too. Whether or not Tebow deserved more snaps this season, he deserves to leave New York with his integrity unquestioned.
“People talking about how you play football or how much, that really doesn’t bother me,” he said Wednesday. “What’s been disappointing and frustrating these last few days are people saying, ‘You quit on your team’ or ‘You are not a good team man.’
“I went in Tuesday and had a man-to-man conversation with Coach Ryan. The conversation was good and I simply asked for an opportunity to play quarterback. I did tell him I was frustrated with the Wildcat, how little success we were having, some of the stuff we were doing. I let him know that, same way I did Wednesday to you [reporters].
“Friday I reiterated I would do anything for this team and he appreciated that. I never said I don’t want to do anything or I won’t do anything. That wasn’t the talk at all. He knows and the whole team knows I’ll do anything to help this team.
“He wanted to give Kerley an opportunity. We haven’t had success. He wanted to try something a little bit different.”
It’s been a real page-turner, this open book into the foibles of well-meaning persons like Ryan,
So with hopefully a lesson learned, we really all should move on, in the Jets’ case meaning not to Michael Vick, who would become a serial magnet for criticism that, at this point, they need about as much as they have needed
Not that the Jets, with the worst offense in the NFL, couldn’t use a guy who could make a splash, but here is some cold water in the face of a fast rebuild: Reality quickly puts a "cap" on what the Jets can do to help themselves for 2013.
Somewhere out there are overachievers who can aid a revival. The GM, whether or not it still is Mike Tannenbaum, had better know where to find them.
There is not going to be much money to spend by a team that currently projects significantly over the cap and not just because Sanchez could count for at least $8.5 million if he is traded, double that if he is cut.
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That applies not just on offense, where a stopgap quarterback more reliable than Sanchez is a must, but on the far better side of their line of scrimmage, the defense.
Mo Wilkerson has blossomed so promisingly and the defense has played so much better over the second half of the season that the reinsertion of a healthy Revis for next season is a warming thought for a cold Week 17 in Buffalo. But Pro Bowl selection Landry is going to be a tough signing and might not even be the smartest one, considering how much help is needed in so many places.
The list of absolute keepers on the offense doesn’t extend much beyond Ferguson and Mangold.