Mike.... You are making it sound as if I am upset with the Tebow signing on it's own. Now, while I would rather have anyone else but Tim Tebow as my team's QB, I do realize that this particular signing was not the "Worst move of all time". However, when you couple a few things together, you see why Jet fans are disappointed with management on this team.
Dating back to the early 1980's, the Jets have been mismanaged. We took Johnny "Lam" Jones with the 2nd overall pick in the 1980 draft at WR and made him the first million dollar a year player. Art Monk was the 2nd WR taken in that draft. In 1983, we took Ken O'Brien at QB with our first pick. 2 picks later, Miami took Dan Marino. In 1985, we took Al Toon with the 7th overall pick. 7 picks later, the 49ers took Jerry Rice. In 1990, with the 2nd overall pick, we took Blair Thomas, and 12 picks later Emmitt Smith was taken. This was a trend. There are many more gaffes. Too9 many more to even start to scratch the surface of why Jets fans show up, and usually boo at the NFL draft.
Fast forwarding to this season.....
We slide from AFC Championship game in 2009 & 2010 to out of playoffs in 2011. And we were lucky to be 8-8. We were down 21-10 to the Chargers in the 2nd half and came back to win. We had Dallas gift us a game, etc.... Mark Sanchez had 8 lost fumbles. Eight. E I G H T. One every other game. He also had 18 Interceptions. SIX of those turnovers went for 6 points immediately on that play. After assessing why we slipped so badly, management decided to not aggressively pursue Peyton Manning. JT can claim all he wants that Peyton would not go to the Jets, and not that the Jets didn't try to get him. The fact remains that it was a lackluster effort AT BEST to get someone that talented. Someone who is guaranteed to IMMEDIATELY fill a HUGE need. They dropped the ball in NYC. Bigtime. Then they REWARD Mark Sanchez for having his most mistake laden season to date by extending his contract and giving him a raise. You said that contracts are not guaranteed. True. Not this one. Here is an excerpt from NFL.com that explains what the contract was and what it effectively did...
"All told, Sanchez will get $20.5 million guaranteed compared to $17.75 million of non-guaranteed money over the next two years. It's a "measly" raise of $2.75 million."
It was a raise.... and a guarantee of his money for 2 years. If he gets hit and injured for life on the 2nd play of the season, his signing bonus & salaries for 2012 & 2013 would be GUARANTEED. To be fair, his signing bonus was already guaranteed. But his salary was not. Now it was raised, and guaranteed. So.... for being the major reason we failed, the Jets saw fit to guarantee, extend and raise the contract of a below average NFL quarterback.
Then............ rather than upset our pouty, insecure, below average NFL QB that we just extended and made more wealthy & financially secure by getting a true NFL quarterback, we decided it was better to make a move that was (to quote Shakespeare) full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. We traded for Tim Tebow. who will likely never throw more than a dozen passes in a season for the Jets, but rather run a quirky fad that has not caught on anywhere because IT DOESNT WORK. It was a MEDIA MOVE. It was done to distract the masses from realizing that the Giants win Super Bowls, and the Jets dont win anything, but rather make the headlines only when they trade for a QB who most of the NFL world thinks is inept at passing (A pretty key component for an NFL QB).
Yeah. We're bitter. Angry and bitter fans. Been that way for DECADES. You called me a retard. If that were true, I'd fit in perfectly with NY Jets management. However, I am competent. I am not stupid. I do my job well. I would stick out like a sore thumb in management on the Jets.