Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum described conversations between himself, coach Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson as “robust,” but denied that the boss was leaning on them to start Tim Tebow.
“There isn’t,” Tannenbaum said, via Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger. “Rex, Woody and myself, we talk all the time. We have a great relationship and we have a good, robust debate about what’s best for the team, but playing time is always going to be driven by Rex.
“We’ll talk to Woody about what we’re going to do… but Rex is in charge of who plays.”
The idea that Johnson would push for Tebow has been going around for a few days.
There’s a reason for that: It’s reasonable.
Johnson has established himself as an extremely image-conscious owner, seemingly desperate to steal the back pages from his neighbors if he can’t have their trophies.
But after making that kind of deal to trade for Tebow, there has been limited return, at least for now.
“Of course we did,” Tannenbaum said when asked if they definitely wanted Tebow. “If we didn’t want him, we wouldn’t have traded for him. Rex, Woody and I felt good about that transaction.
“Tim hasn’t had a lot of opportunities, . . . but we’ll see how the next few games play out.”
In the movies, this is where the ominous music starts playing, and you see the first sign of the shark fin in the water.