Jim Kelly: ‘No Idea’ Why Jets Brought In Tim Tebow
NEW YORK (WFAN) — From President Barack Obama to Boomer Esiason, it seems everyone has an opinion these days on Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez and the state of the Jets.
Add Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly to the mix.
The Buffalo Bills legend is at a loss as to why exactly New York would trade for Tebow and put starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, in his all-important fourth year, under such intense pressure.
“It’s frustrating — I think — for a lot of people if you’re a Jets fan,” Kelly told WFAN morning show co-hosts Esiason and Craig Carton on Tuesday. “I personally have no idea why they did it. I think Tim Tebow’s a great athlete, he makes things happen. As far as being your prototypical drop-back quarterback in the NFL, he’s not what you would want if you’re an owner of a team looking to make it to the Super Bowl — if he’s your quarterback.”
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In August, fellow Hall of Famer Howie Long said he wouldn’t have brought in Tebow because of the added “distraction.”
With the Tebowmaniacs following every snap, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear catcalls directed at Sanchez as early as Week 1. The Jets will open their season at MetLife Stadium on Sunday against the Bills.
“This is not a struggle two games, you’re still alright (scenario),” said Kelly. “You struggle half a game, you’re gonna hear boos. You’re gonna hear Tebow’s name.”
Kelly said Tebow could be an asset for the Jets if he can do some “good things” in about 10 plays per game.
“This is what I think they brought him in here for,” he said. “They didn’t bring him in here to have him compete against Sanchez. That’s my personal opinion.”
“Because he’s not a quarterback,” said Carton.
Kelly responded: “No, he’s not.”
Kelly’s comments came one month after Esiason made headlines by saying he’d cut Tebow. The WFAN morning show co-host recently clarified those remarks to USA Today.
“When I said, ‘Tim Tebow should be cut,’ immediately everybody thinks that I’m a Tim Tebow hater,” Esiason told the paper. “I have nothing against Tim. I am not jealous of Tim. As a matter of fact, I have a great amount of respect for him. I never said he couldn’t play football. I think he’s on the wrong team at the wrong time.”
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