Add New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft to the list of people who are excited that Tim Tebow is now a member of the New York Jets.
Of course, as we found out during the first ever press conference for the acquisition of a back up quarterback, nobody is more excited than Tebow. After all, he said it 45 times in less than 33 minutes on Monday in front of more people ever to witness a presser inside a practice facility.
Kraft has long been a fan of Tebow’s no doubt in part of how the polarizing quarterback lives his life. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has also been a big Tebow supporter, and now he will get to face him at least twice per season now that both reside in the AFC East.
Granted, we still don’t know just exactly how much of Tebow we will see in Jets games in 2012. But Kraft is looking forward to seeing what will happen.
“I think it’s exciting; I think it’s a lot of fun,” Kraft told ESPN this week. “You know, the NFL is about rivalries … And I’m a big fan of Tim Tebow. I love that he’s into spirituality, and I think it makes the rivalry an even bigger rivalry. ”I don’t know if there will be enough media hype around the game.”
Well, we all know that there will be more than enough media hype for each game. Too much, I’m sure.
But as far as adding to the rivalry, I’m not sure exactly how Tebow makes the Patriots-Jets rivalry better, unless we are strictly talking from a media hype standpoint. How much Tebow actually brings to the team on the field remains to be seen.
After all, if he is mainly going to play during specifically designed Wildcat plays and perhaps line up at wide receiver and tail back on certain plays, isn’t this just the replacement for Brad Smith?
And truth be told, I don’t know of anyone who said that Smith leaving the Jets for the Buffalo Bills last season made for a better rivalry with the Bills and Patriots than the one with the Jets.