The New York Jets seem to believe they will make the playoffs.
After two consecutive days at Jets’ Training Camp resulted in brief tryouts for the United States Olympic boxing team in Rio for 2016, two things became clear: the Jets want to win, and we need better male U.S. boxers in the Olympics.
It seems hard to believe that the Jets players truly have animosity towards one another (minus the quarterbacks). That being said, that does not translate into a lack of competitive nature; they are paid athletes fighting for playing time, potentially resulting in larger paychecks. They are contracted into proving they are the best at their position.
In the case of Jets’ Cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who not only told reporters he was the second-best wide receiver on the team, but also provided a hard, leveling hit on starting Tight End Dustin Keller on a pass over the middle in a “7-on-7″ drill. Not only did this encourage another exhibition of the XFL circa 2001, but it resulted in wind sprints; apparently, number two Quarterback Tim Tebow won every single repetition.
Safety Eric Smith stated that the media was “tired” of talking about Tebow, so they chose to discuss the skirmishes that they started (in front of the media).
How can the world be tired of Tebowmania? Tim Tebow continues to push forward and stay focused on being his best, along with the rest of the Jets’ team. If anything, Tebowmania is the perfect situation for everyone.
Tebow is getting his opportunity to perform, while QB Mark Sanchez continues to hold the starting job. Other players are certainly taking advantage of the extra attention at Training Camp, but with a sense of adversity. Antonio Cromartie is getting his opportunity to attempt to play both ways, participating in team drills at wide receiver. And with this hovering light in Cortland, NY, there is no way Sanchez or any other player does not use Tebow’s spotlight in attempt to steal it. For players like Sanchez, it allows for them to show to not only their coaches, but to the media (and therefore the fans) why they deserve their own “Tebowmania.”
Isn’t it obvious? Right now, the New York Jets are not a team.
They are a group of football players. Like most groups in the NFL, a lot needs to be shown in order for coaches and fans to be confident in their team for the upcoming season. No roster is set in stone; ask Tim Tebow. And for Tebow and the rest of the Jets’ players, they all are out with the same goal in mind: succeed as a football player for the New York Jets.
Once the regular season practices start, then this team endeavor will further mold. But what seems to make it difficult is the mentality that this is a football program that surrounds around personalities. That’s how Rex Ryan chooses to coach and lead his players. But through leading by example of loud, direct comments, it’s clear that it will develop other personalities who make loud, direct comments as well. But that hasn’t happened before. Right?
Don’t discourage Tebowmania; it keeps the focus off of a lackluster exhibition called “Jets Training Camp.”
About the Author
Written by Aaron Scheinblum
Official Blogger Intern for the New York Jets. Broadcast Journalism major at Syracuse University, dreaming to be an NFL/NBA/MLB play-by-play commentator.