The New York Jets will officially introduce quarterback Tim Tebow at 12:00 p.m. ET Monday, five days after trading for him (twice) and then having the agreement further delayed due to some “thou shalts” and “thou shalt nots” in his contract that needed to be ironed out.
But the deal is now done and you’ll be able to see and hear the entire press conference (or as much of it as we show until we get bored) on Monday’s edition of PFT Live.
So why a press conference for a backup quarterback? Because this is no ordinary backup quarterback — both in name and in expected duties. Coach Rex Ryan said Sunday that Tebow will be on the field for up to 20 snaps per game. For the rest of the snaps, he’ll be a constant subject of attention and discussion and scrutiny.
So, basically, it’ll be no different when games are occurring than it is when games aren’t occurring.
Meanwhile, the current bullies of Broadway have been taking some shots at the Jets’ latest attempt to get noticed for something other than competing for championships. On Sunday, Giants co-owner John Mara was asked whether New York is big enough for both the Giants and Tebow.
“I don’t know,” Mara said, via Gary Myers of the New York Daily News. “But the David Carr press conference will be tomorrow afternoon, too.”
Ryan resisted his instinct to fire back, for a change. “When you win a Super Bowl, you can say anything you want because they are the world champions,” Ryan said. “That’s all fine and dandy. To the young man, he’s not going out there trying to get the attention. The attention follows him.”
But from the Jets’ perspective, they acquired Tebow knowing that the attention would follow Tebow to New York. And that’s definitely “fine and dandy” with the Jets.