Where do I begin? This last week in sports has been INSANE, to put it mildly. Especially for the majority of NY’s sports teams. But this post will just address the N.F.L. news. Apologies for putting this all in one post, but it makes for good reading, I promise you.
I actually felt overloaded with all the NFL news related stuff. On Tuesday, it was announced that Peyton Manning signed a $90 million, 5-year deal with the Denver Broncos, which meant the inevitable release of the ever popular, devout christian, Tim Tebow. Fast forward to today, Wednesday, and Tim Tebow was picked up by…the NY Jets. Yes, my team, Gang Green, the Jets. Huh? I’m completely baffled this move. The Jets traded this year’s 4th and 6th round draft pick for Tebow and a seventh round draft pick. Let’s rewind a little, shall we? When Peyton first went on the market, the Jets went after him, but he turned them down. Then Mark Sanchez was given a $40.5 million dollar, three-year extension on his contract. So, why acquire Tebow? Tebow needs development and coaching. Mark is still finding his way, and the Jets appeared to be committed to getting him on the winning path. As much I love my team, I can’t co-sign this move, as it seems like an act of desperation. I have nothing against Tebow, I just believe we don’t need him. I worry for the development of both young quarterbacks. They have different needs and I hope for their sake, they will get that the coaching they need to be winners. This trade almost didn’t happen because the Jets didn’t read Tebow’s existing contract closely enough, and missed the part that he was advanced $5 million on his salary. But according to ESPN, the Broncos and the Jets agreed to split the cost. Joe Namath called this trade “a publicity stunt” and doesn’t approve. Tebow is going to be Mark’s back up QB. This is going to be very interesting.
At the same time, down south, Sean Peyton was suspended for a year (without pay) for his participation of a “Bounty System” that the New Orleans Saints implemented for the last few years. The Saints were said to be using a system that encourages players to take down and knock out their opponents for cash incentives. N.F.L. commissioner, Roger Goodell is very serious about franchises being held accountable for their actions. This is the first time the N.F.L. has ever suspended any head coach for any length of time. Also suspended was the St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, who was formerly the Saints defensive coordinator. Williams is suspended indefinitely, as he admitted to designing and administering the program which began in 2009 (when the Saints won the Super Bowl) through 2011, and targeted Brett Favre, Cam Newton, Kurt Warner, and Aaron Rodgers. Smh. So this is the secret to their success? This seems so wrong, especially from a team named the “Saints”. This is like when a baseball player gets found out for steroids after winning an MVP title. As a fan, you start to question was the winning record legit, was it hard work and dedication? Or is it the result of dirty hands and fat bank accounts? The irony is that New Orleans is known for their humble community and preserverance post Hurricane Katrina. That Super Bowl win was everything for the city of New Orleans. And I don’t know what to think of Drew Brees either. Surely, he knew about this. But he seems like such a stand up guy, and the lovable family man. He is known as “Breesus” by his beloved fans in the Big Easy. I don’t blame Goodell for taking drastic measures. You have to make an example to send the message out. I get it. It’s just a shame that this is true about the Saints.
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