The first post I ever wrote for this site was about the Tim Tebow trade. I stated at the time that I was actually hesitant to believe that this move had the hands of Woody Johnson all over it, and that for better or for worse it was Rex Ryan's unwavering confidence in getting the most out of players and interest in acquiring a positive locker room influence that ultimately set the wheels in motion. I'm embarrassed to admit how naive that was, though I can't blame myself. I was desperately trying to make sense of a move that really didn't make any sense at all in the first place.

The media circus quickly kicked into overdrive when the trade happened. Radio shows, journalists and TV pundits talked about the trade with a level of fanfare as if the Jets had just acquired Peyton Manning and many suggested it was only a matter of time until Tim Tebow took over for Sanchez as the starting quarterback.

After all, Tim Tebow is a "winner." It's been proven as scientific fact! He quarterbacked Denver to an 8-8 record, showed a number of late game heroics and even won a playoff game. This has been hammered home repeatedly, while the fact that Mark Sanchez has never had a losing record as a starter, has actually had games where he has thrown for more than two touchdowns(in the playoffs no less), has a winning record in the playoffs, has an even more impressive fourth quarter comeback record than Tebow, and nearly quarterbacked the Jets to a Super Bowl twice goes unmentioned .... but I digress.

We're at a point now where it seems that nearly every Jets fan's biggest fear is about to come true. It appears that the conspiracy is in full effect: Sanchez and the Jets offense has sputtered against a number of good defenses in the early going and will go up against another top defense against Houston next Monday night which may end up being the final nail in the coffin.

But think about some of these things. The Jets gave Sanchez an extension before the Tim Tebow trade, and it basically guarantees he'll be on the roster next season. The Jets, regardless of what happens this season, are still stuck with Mark Sanchez and will be paying him a lot of money to be on the roster. They have no such commitments to Tim Tebow, who can even be cut next season if the Jets so choose.

The Jets have already played four games, three of which saw the offense struggle to find success for large periods yet Tebow's work in these games as a quarterback was minimal and Sanchez stayed the course even if he wasn't productive. Before the season Rex Ryan, Mike Tannenbaum and Tony Sparano were all unified in laughing off the suggestion that Tebow could compete or overtake Sanchez as the starting quarterback and were resolute in their belief.

Even still, Rex Ryan is adamant about Sanchez as the starter. Perhaps he recognizes Sanchez as the only potentially solid quarterback on the roster as was the preseason conventional logic amongst Jets fans, or perhaps he feels that Tannenbaum, Ryan, and Sanchez are all attached at the hip. Sanchez was Ryan and Tannenbaum's major investment, and if Sanchez goes they may go with him. The idea of there being some secret plan to get Tebow into the starting lineup just doesn't add up.

So what is Tebow's role with the Jets, exactly?

Rex Ryan had previously described him shortly after the  trade happened as a talented backup with some unique talents. He's lined up as a punt protector, he's taken some snaps as a wildcat quarterback, he's ran some routes as a tight end and he's thrown some blocks as a fullback. He's been a little bit of everywhere though his impact has ultimately been minimal thus far. As mentioned before, the Jets have had opportunities to use Tebow as a "spark player" but appear to be reluctant to do so. Why is this? Was Tebow acquired simply in an attempt to light a fire under Sanchez?

It's becoming clear to me that the Jets don't really know quite what to do with Tebow, which is a little strange for a player with such a unique skill set they traded a decent draft pick for. One would expect that if Ryan, Sparano and Tannenbaum all thought it was a good idea to acquire Tebow, they'd have clearly identified a way to utilize him well before the Jets were even practicing up in Cortland.

Frankly, much to the chagrin of the lovely football intellectuals on ESPN's First Take, it's clear that there is no Tim Tebow conspiracy. Because the word "conspiracy" implies that something exists that there is absolutely no evidence of ...

A plan.

Since the season has actually kicked off, has there been anything less evident regarding Tim Tebow than a defined role for his utilization? The use of Tebow on offense thus far has been representative of the Jets entire offense: an unproductive mess.

There is no conspiracy to make him the starter and there's no special activation of Tebow as the "secret weapon" imminent. It's starting to become plain that there's really nothing special planned at all outside of a meager attempt to force a creative wrinkle to an already sputtering offense and a number of cute ways to take advantage of Tebow's manufactured "he's just a football player!" persona. It's time to call this move what it was and all it ever will amount to being, and that's a publicity stunt led by owner Woody Johnson that has only served to further paint the Jets as one of the league's biggest sideshows. Woody Johnson is somewhere laughing at his own stroke of genius.

After all, there's something to be said about Woody's Jets acquiring a player that they don't even have to play in order to make his team the most talked about in sports. Tebow's popularity is not contingent on him being a starter, and whether he enters the starting lineup or not the attention will still be there, because that's Tim Tebow.

If he's starting, ESPN will talk all day about how he will perform.

If Sanchez is starting but struggling, ESPN will talk all day about how Tebow should be starting.

If Sanchez is playing out of his mind, than ESPN will talk about how do the Jets find a way to still get Tebow on the field.

The Jets have been injected with the Tebowmania virus, and it really doesn't matter how often he plays for the effects to be felt. Perhaps at this point with things looking on the brink of complete collapse, the only hope is that this trade doesn't end up being representative of the entire Rex Ryan era too: an obnoxious, relentless, annoying sideshow that ultimately has nothing productive to show for it.

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The Jets have finally reached their bye week, and it's probably at the right time after a dreadful loss to the Tampa Buccaneers. The guys discuss the defeat, as well as a recap of the season so far.

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 (Steve Nesius/AP)
(Steve Nesius/AP)

The Jets (4-6) are on their bye week and next face the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 26. Here's what's going on Friday:

Need to know

The Jets are scheduled to return to practice on Monday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors from SNY's Ralph Vacciano.

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Jets mid-season awards 00:05:26
The Jets Nation crew take a look back at Gang Green's first half and hand out their mid-season awards.

The Jets Nation crew take a look back at Gang Green's first half and hand out their mid-season awards.


Jets mid-season report cards 00:09:19
The Jets Nation crew take a look back at the Jets' first half of the campaign and hand out their mid-season report cards.

Former Jets LB and current SNY Jets contributor Chad Cascadden gives his midseason grades.

Tune in to the Jets Nation Midseason report tonight at 6:30 on SNY!


Offense Overall: (C)

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(Kim Klement)

The Jets (4-6) are on their bye week and next face the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 26. Here's what's going on Wednesday:

Need to know

The Jets are scheduled to return to practice next Monday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors from SNY's Ralph Vacciano.

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Current state of the Jets 00:02:37
Jon Hein and Willie Colon break down the current outlook for the Jets after their recent loss to Tampa Bay that dropped them to 4-6.

Jon Hein and Willie Colon break down the current outlook for the Jets after their recent loss to Tampa Bay that dropped them to 4-6.


NY Jets Special Teams coach Mike Westhoff as the Jets get in practice at the Jets Training Facility during training camp in Florham Park, NJ on Aug. 8, 2011 (William Perlman (USA Today))
NY Jets Special Teams coach Mike Westhoff as the Jets get in practice at the Jets Training Facility during training camp in Florham Park, NJ on Aug. 8, 2011 (William Perlman (USA Today))

Mike Westhoff, who had been working for SNY as Jets contributor, is coming out of retirement to join the Saints as a coach.

The 69-year old Westhoff, who was a special teams coach for the Jets from 2001 to 2012, is joining the Saints in the same capacity.

"I didn't want to regret something I didn't try," Westhoff said, according to the NY Post.

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Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons tackles New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons tackles New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (4-6) are on their bye week and next face the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 26. Here's what's going on Wednesday:

Need to know

The Jets are scheduled to return to practice next Monday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors from SNY's Ralph Vacciano.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Robby Anderson, Steve McLendon
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(Jerry Lai)

Former Jet Bart Scott will join Chris Carlin and Maggie Gray as the team to replace Mike Francesa on WFAN, per the NY Daily News. 

The annoucement has yet to be made by WFAN itself, but it was first reported that Carlin and Scott were to take part of the team taking over for the legendary Francesa. 

Scott currently works with ESPN 98.7 while Carlin talks for WIP radio in Philadelphia. Gray works for SI Now and CBS Sports Radio. 

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(Aaron Doster)

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The Jets put together their most complete performance of the season in an impressive 34-21 win over the Bills on Thursday night, rushing for almost 200 yards and racking up seven sacks and three fumble recoveries in the process.

Let's start this week by breaking down the performances on the offensive side of the ball:

Quarterbacks

With the running game working, Josh McCown didn't need to throw much this week, but he was efficient when he did. He threw just seven passes after halftime, completing five. In the first half, while the game was still in the balance, McCown gave the Jets the lead with a touchdown scramble, completing a drive he'd kept alive himself with another third-down run.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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Cast your votes below for the Jets offense, defense, special teams and coaching during the first half of the season and see the results on Jets Nation: Mid Season Report on Thursday 11/16 at 6:30PM.

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Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) drops back against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) drops back against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Jets (4-6) are now on their bye week. Their next game is against the Carolina Panthers on November 26th. Here's what's going on today...

Tags: Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Unlike the previous week, the Jets offense looked stale in their 15-10 loss to the Bucs on Sunday.

Consistency is what the players didn't see from the unit after the game. As the Jets tried to find a rhythm, something would halt them in their tracks. Josh McCown says it's on the veterans like him because they didn't pull the team together. 

"Myself and the other veterans have to pull these [young] guys along, help us find consistency and be better," McCown told Jets.com's Ethan Greenberg. "Because every unit, at some point this year, has played and shown that they can play with the best in the league. But we have to do that for four quarters week in and week out and we didn't do that today. We have to take these next two weeks to get healthy, look in the mirror and figure out ways to do that and be better, so we can make a run down the stretch."

Tags: Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson
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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

The University of Tennessee has expressed interest in Jets DC Kacy Rodgers to become their next head coach, per Newsday's Calvin Watkins.

Tennessee fired Butch Jones on Sunday, leaving the school to hire a new coach following the season. No interviews have been scheduled as the talks are just beginning between both sides. 

Rodgers played for the Vols from 1988-1991 was he was a linebacker/defensive end. He was also born in Humboldt, Tennessee. 

The Vols do not need permission from the Jets to talk to Rodgers about the position. 

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(Kim Klement)

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After the win against Buffalo, there was a lot of hype about the "resurgent" Jets and some talk of Todd Bowles as a coach of the year candidate. However, after yesterday's dispiriting loss, the reality is that the Jets have lost four of five with their only win coming over a Bills team whose 37-point loss to the Saints yesterday suggests they have been overrated. Heading to the bye, it's probably time to reset our expectations.

Let's start this week by breaking down the performances on the defensive side of the ball...

Tags: Buster Skrine, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Juston Burris, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

After playing their best game of the season against the Bills last Thursday, the Jets looked lethargic in their 15-10 loss to the Bucs on Sunday. 

It didn't look like the same Jets energy that ran all over MetLife Stadium a week prior. Head coach Todd Bowles noticed a lack of spirit to start the game, and it would last until the final whistle. 

"You've got to show up every week in this league or you get it handed to you," Bowles told The Post's Brian Costello. "We didn't show up today."

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Morris Claiborne, Robby Anderson
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(Aaron Doster)

Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick got his first start on Sunday against his former team, and made the best of it with a victory. 

"It was special to me to be able to win that game," Fitpatrick told NJ.com's Connor Hughes.

Fitzpatrick led the Bucs to a 15-10 win as the Jets suffered their sixth loss of the season. It wasn't his best performance as he finished 17-for-34 for 187 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. But his fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Charles Sims would be the deciding score, and the feat Fitzpatrick was hoping to achieve. 

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Jets Post Game Overtime: 11/12 00:11:49
The Jets Post Game crew hands out report cards following the Jets' 15-10 loss at the hands of the Buccaneers.

Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Chad Hansen (16) reacts with a towel over his head during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Chad Hansen (16) reacts with a towel over his head during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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What a waste of an opportunity.

That's the only way to describe that hideous, 15-10 loss the Jets had on Sunday to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Jets had showed so much promise in recent weeks. They were 10 days removed from their best win of the season. They were getting everyone excited as they sat on the edge of the AFC playoff picture.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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Bowles, McCown on 15-10 loss 00:02:04
Jets head coach Todd Bowles attributes the team's 15-10 loss to sloppy overall play, while QB Josh McCown credits Tampa Bay's game plan.

The Jets struggled on offense and former Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Bucaneers to a 15-10 win on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.  >> Box score


 

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Josh McCown, Robby Anderson, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Dr. Levine on treating soldiers 00:03:37
Dr. David Levine discusses his experience treating both professional athletes and soldiers. Demario Davis talks about their relationship.

Oct 8, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) runs the ball as New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne (21) comes in for the tackle during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Oct 8, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) runs the ball as New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne (21) comes in for the tackle during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson is active and CB Morris Claiborne is set to return on Sunday when the team faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a road matchup.

Claiborne returned to practice on Thursday after he was sidelined last week with a foot injury, while Wilkerson is set to go after resting during the week.

Tags: Matt Forte, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson
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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Jets (4-5) at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

We'll be shivering up here in the Northeast all weekend, but not so much down in Tampa. Temperatures should be in the low 80s throughout the game under partly cloudy skies, moderate winds, and a tiny chance of showers at some point...

Tags: Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Vacc's 3 Keys to a Jets win 00:01:24
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

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Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs with the ball against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon (30) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs with the ball against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon (30) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jets WR Robby Anderson is only in the midst of his second NFL season, but he already has lofty goals for what he hopes is a memorable NFL career.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks to reporters after an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets won 34-21. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (AP)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks to reporters after an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets won 34-21. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (AP)

The Jets have activated WR JoJo Natson their practice squad as part of three moves before the team takes on the Bucs on the road on Sunday.

In addition to adding Natson, the Jets waived/injured DL Ed Stinson and signed CB Michael Hunter to the practice squad.

Natson is a 5'7" wide receiver who went undrafted out of Akron and originally signed with the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts waived Natson in September and he later signed with the Jets. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Darron Lee 00:01:43
Jeane Coakley talks to Jets' linebacker Darron Lee about the team's focus coming off a big win and their preparation for Sunday's game.

Jermaine Kearse celebrates after picking up a first down against the Patriots.  (AP)
Jermaine Kearse celebrates after picking up a first down against the Patriots. (AP)

After watching the latest Thursday night game between the Seahawks and Cardinals, Jets WR Jermaine Kearse can't believe he survived his game the week before.

The Seahawks lost many players like Kam Chancellor, Sheldon Richardson, Frank Clark and Jarran Reed as they played on short rest. Kearse thinks that the NFL should get rid of Thursday night games in the future. 

"I can't speak on the majority of the players, but I can speak for myself, and I don't think it's helpful," Kearse told ESPN. 

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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Jets OC John Morton wasn't angry at his running back, Matt Forte, after he openly criticized him following the team's Week 8 loss to the Falcons. 

Despite the horrific conditions, Morton called up only 21 run plays with Forte receiving only four of those carries. After the game, the veteran back publicly voiced that he didn't like Morton's game plan saying, "I don't really think we ran the ball enough with the weather being the way it was." 

In his first appearance with the media since the incident, Morton didn't scold Forte for voicing his opinion. Instead, he accepts his players' suggestion in his offense. 

Tags: Josh McCown, Matt Forte
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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

The Jets have signed CB Michael Hunter to their practice squad, per NJ.com's Dan Duggan. 

Hunter began his NFL career with the Giants last season, playing in just two games where he amassed four tackles. He appeared in four games for the Giants this season without recording a stat. 

The 24-year-old was waived by the Giants on Oct. 17. 

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