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Willie Colon thinks the Tebow circus held the Jets back

Willie Colon AP

Willie Colon’s time on the Jets roster with Tim Tebow consisted only of a couple months in the offseason, but Colon has some strong feelings about Tebow’s affect on the franchise.

Colon told reporters that he’s happy on the Jets because he thinks the focus is all on football — something he doesn’t sense was the case in Tebow’s tenure.

“They care about winning and they care about being a better franchise, and not being a circus group,” Colon told reporters on Wednesday. “I think having the Tim Tebow circus out of here, and having different things that were kind of holding this team back, are starting to go out the window. I think we’re all starting to care about football and only football, which is a good sight to see.”

Colon says one of the reasons he viewed himself as a good fit with the Jets is that he believed he could provide veteran leadership that the team needed.

“I came here with the attitude that this team was missing a lot,” Colon said. “They were missing chemistry and they were missing that fight and belief in one another.”

It wouldn’t be fair to blame Tebow for the myriad problems the Jets had last season. But the Jets certainly have changed this season. No one is calling them a circus anymore.

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30 Responses to “Willie Colon thinks the Tebow circus held the Jets back”
  1. azarkhan says: Oct 10, 2013 4:38 PM

    That’s funny, because what I remember most about the Jets last season is the butt fumble and the anonymous sniping by the players, neither of which Tim Tebow was involved in.

  2. nebster21 says: Oct 10, 2013 4:39 PM

    So the media was focusing on Tebow instead of focusing on the fact that the Jets sucked. Don’t most coaches try to take the attention away from the team. Wouldn’t having the media talking about one person that does not even start do that? I guess if you need an excuse any will work.

  3. jhorton83 says: Oct 10, 2013 4:40 PM

    I think that’s the biggest reason why Tebow is unemployed right now. No NFL team wants that kind of media circus for a backup QB. Take away the media circus and I think teams would take a chance on a guy that won a playoff game just a couple years ago. Even Rex Grossman is still employed.

  4. malvaren18 says: Oct 10, 2013 4:47 PM

    The jets seem to be back, good for them.
    By the way what happen to Tebow ?

  5. 49erstim says: Oct 10, 2013 4:51 PM

    Lol! So Tim Tebow BROUGHT the circus atmosphere WITH him?! My recollection is SLIGHTLY different!

  6. jr507 says: Oct 10, 2013 4:58 PM

    Maybe a better question is this: if this is PRO-FootballTalk, why are we talking about Tim Tebow.

    Good guy, but good riddance.

  7. notoriousbri says: Oct 10, 2013 5:02 PM

    hey, I can hate on Tebow’s ability to play QB in the NFL as much as the next guy, but I doubt I’m going out on a limb by saying it was the crappy players/lack of talent/bad coaching that held the JETS back last year.

    can’t blame Tebow when he rode the pine and was pretty quiet after his introductory press conference when he told the world how “excited” he was 67 times.

  8. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 10, 2013 5:02 PM

    I remember a bunch crying b tches, santonio holmes out for the season, and rex ryan allowing negative stories to develop about others in the hope that it would distract people long enough to save his job.

  9. dwoofer says: Oct 10, 2013 5:03 PM

    Colon is a typical example of someone who hates what Tebow stands for, and blames him for everything bad that they actually brought on themselves.

  10. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 10, 2013 5:10 PM

    Once a low character steeler… always a low character steeler.

  11. zoellner25 says: Oct 10, 2013 5:11 PM

    This won’t help Tebow get another shot, not that he actually will. USA Rugby wants him!

  12. ajg314 says: Oct 10, 2013 5:12 PM

    “No one is calling them a circus anymore.” By “no one” thankfully includes PFT. Right?

  13. fwippel says: Oct 10, 2013 5:17 PM

    It’s not a classy move to dump on a guy that your team abused, and then cut loose. Tebow’s to blame for last year’s debaccle?

    The only reason the Jets signed Tebow was to draw attention to themselves and sell jerseys. Perhaps if they’d actually let him play QB, they might have won a few more games than they did with Mr. butt-fumble behind center.

  14. whiplash013 says: Oct 10, 2013 5:23 PM

    Wait so the Jets are back because they beat 3 teams with losing records? Those teams have a combined 3-11 record and the Jets beat those teams by a combined 10 points.

  15. tformation says: Oct 10, 2013 5:23 PM

    “It wouldn’t be fair to blame Tebow for the myriad problems the Jets had last season.”

    True. We can’t blame Tebow for the butt-fumble.

    Everything else… well… you probably could…

    …unless of course you can PROVE that Tebow wasn’t the source of all those embarassing leaks to the press last year……..

  16. Dennis Allen's Outgoing Persona says: Oct 10, 2013 5:28 PM

    Good ol Colon is just upset that Tebow didn’t wanna go to Milledgeville GA with him.

  17. mydogsnameisvick says: Oct 10, 2013 5:40 PM

    Tebow is the most overrated figure in NFL history.

  18. truths4all says: Oct 10, 2013 5:41 PM

    Based on the minutes he actually played and the minutes he actually took up practice, it is beyond ignorance and Democratic Liberal fantasyworld nonsense to attempt to blame Tebow for the Jets’ woes last season.

    How dumb is Colon? Name one 3rd string QB on any NFL team last year who was the root cause for its terrible year or even for its terrific year? That’s right, the 3rd stringer does not matter. More than anything, Sanchez has not played and therefore, the lousy Jets have managed to beat other loser teams.

    Let’s look at the Jets’ ‘losing’ season after their 16th game before you can try to declare this season a success.

  19. stlluna7 says: Oct 10, 2013 5:45 PM

    Isn’t the colon part of the bowls?

  20. hendeeze says: Oct 10, 2013 5:54 PM

    Colon is right. Who needs media attention for the 3rd string QB. He didn’t pray hard enough for his team last year, that’s why they had a losing record. The invisible man said NO!

  21. gizzmonic says: Oct 10, 2013 5:58 PM

    Tebow was brought in so Rex could check out his feet

  22. cmdrsmooth says: Oct 10, 2013 6:25 PM

    Colon definitely is bringing a strong character to the Jets. Great pick up by Idsik.

  23. metalhead65 says: Oct 10, 2013 6:26 PM

    your right it would not be fair to blame Tebow but that did not stop you from doing it last year did it?

  24. ohnoflorio says: Oct 10, 2013 9:00 PM

    The Jets are back to what they’ve been since ’97, an above average football team — for all these ppl and experts who called the jets a talentless circus, I could think of a lot worse teams, success wise since ’97: Bills, Miami, Browns, Bungles, Texans, Titans (couple good yrs, not as good as jets), Texans, Jaguars, Panthers, Vikings, Eagles, Skins, Cowboys, 49ers & Seattle (until last 2-3 yrs), lions, falcons, Chiefs, Chargers, Cards…a lot of teams, go look it up…

  25. jaaxelson says: Oct 10, 2013 10:54 PM

    what’s a Tebow?

  26. rajbais says: Oct 10, 2013 11:22 PM

    It also has held ESPN, PFT, and NFL Network back.

    Tebow only made the Jets unwatchable, but the media continues to be a waste of time because it gives a crap about someone with no arm talent.

  27. watermelon1 says: Oct 11, 2013 3:03 AM

    The problem was Sanchez was your QB. but it’s so sasy to blame Tebow because everyone wants to jump on him the moment they hear his name.

    Sorry buddy… Games are own and lost on the field, so blame the guy that was there most of the time: mark Sanchez.

  28. theairwarrior says: Oct 11, 2013 9:58 AM

    WOW…. shocker….. blaming Tebow for the situation that the TEAM put them in! Tim did not ask to be traded to the Jets, he did not ask for all the media attention, he did not ask for the games the coaches played (hinting their were packages for him). What he needs to realize is the JETS did this TO Tebow, and the poor play of the TEAM was not Tebow’s fault. He needs to look into the mirror and ask himself why did he play so badly?

  29. johnvalis says: Oct 11, 2013 1:07 PM

    What excuse will you have this year when you don’t make the playoffs?

  30. alexb1234 says: Oct 11, 2013 1:49 PM

    oh no willie, you brought the tebow apologists out of hibernation lol these guys/girls can’t imagine how a major distraction can ruin a team….”tebow wins games” “tebow is a great leader” “tebow has faith” barf….
    as if all the attention on a backup who can’t throw straight is a good thing lolol these comments are pure entertainment

    ***FACT***tebow isn’t on a team bc he isn’t good enough to warrent the type of distraction he brings to a team

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