Now that we’re back from Nationals I can go back to attempting to regularly update this blog. Interestingly enough, the Crestwood Suites wouldn’t let me get on the internet and so I have been off the grid for a while.
Obviously the two biggest pieces of news out of the NFL today were Tim Tebow being dealt and the punishment for the Saints being announced. Tebow was traded to the Jets along with a 7th round pick for a 4th and a 6th round pick, which shows you what his value truly is, and not what his media inflated value is. The trade to the Jets hit a snag earlier in the day when the Broncos wanted the Jets to pay Tim Tebow’s contract escalators that he had earned and the Jets balked (they later agreed to pay for half of it). Then when the trade was off, Jacksonville offered a 4th round pick for Tebow, and the Broncos did Tebow the courtesy of letting him decide which team he would want to go to. Despite being from Jacksonville, the fact that the Jaguars have Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert on their roster must have strongly deterred Tebow, since he probably would have been hard pressed to get playing time over them. Now that Tony Sparano is the offensive coordinator for the New York Jets, you can guarantee that Tebow will get plenty of snaps in the wildcat, even if he doesn’t start over Mark Sanchez and his new contract extension. I also firmly believe that this is a huge publicity stunt. And while it remains to be seen if Tebow will be able to learn how to throw a pass at an NFL level; John Elway made it clear he wanted him the hell out of Denver. You can think of it this way; John Elway traded Tim Tebow and a 7th rounder for Peyton Manning, a 4th rounder and a 6th rounder plus $2.35 Million, not a bad deal if I do say so myself.
The other big piece of news that came out today was the New Orleans Saints punishment for bounty-gate which can be found here. I think all of the punishments are warranted except for Payton’s. It doesn’t surprise me that Greg Williams is suspended indefinitely, it was to be expected that he would face some sort of serious punishment as the ring-leader. But Payton being suspended for an entire year, merely because he knew about the bounties, seems a bit harsh. Yet, this is the type of situation where an example must be made, and the head coach must be responsible for the actions of the people that are under his control. It will be interesting to see if the Saints try to appeal any of the punishments or if they will simply just accept the hand that they have been dealt.