Add President Obama to the list of people who question the move made by the New York Jets to acquire quarterback Tim Tebow from the Denver Broncos this past offseason. Even he knows that adding a less than average quarterback to a team which already includes a less than stellar quarterback is going to add much unnecessary controversy to a team who is not lacking any as it is already.
Obama was a guest on a sports talk show in Ohio and wondered aloud whether or not the whole Tebow and Sanchez drama will create some controversy and more turmoil in the Jets already shaky locker room.
“I don’t like the idea of a quarterback controversy at the start of a season,” Obama said. “So if I was a Jets fan, I’d be pretty nervous.”
We knew that Sanchez would be nervous. Apparently, he should not be the only one, at least according to the President.
“Sanchez is not Tom Brady yet, but he led them to the playoffs two years in a row,” he said.
He could have finished that sentence after saying Sanchez is not Brady, period. Not yet, but not now or not ever.
Obama went on to say that he believes that “Tim Tebow seems to be a wonderful young man and he’s got just a great, winning attitude. He really steps up when things count, but there’s going to be a lot of tension in that situation. So it will be interesting to see how it plays itself out.”
That was a polite way of Obama saying that while Tebow is a nice kid, he has no business being a starting quarterback on any team. He may not even be a quality back up with specific wildcat plays drawn up especially for him.
The bottom line is that while many people feel that controversy creates cash, at least in the business world at times, it does not bode as well on a football team.
Even Obama knows that much.
Maybe he should tell the Jets.
Oh, never mind. Jets owner Woody Johnson is a huge fundraiser for Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Hence the Sanchez knock in comparison to Brady, as opposed to say Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers.